Ahmednagar – The Maharashtrian Town of Saints

Ahmednagar is a district in the Western state of Maharashtra. It is located on the west bank of the river Sena. Milk, Sugar and bank co-operatives thrive here. Ahmednagar was founded in by Ahmad Nizam Shah Bahri in 1490. This historic city offers some splendid architectural monuments from the Nizam Shahi dynasty to its tourists.

Ahmednagar tourism has a lot to offer to the tourists. The district is lined with a number of temples, most of them ancient and great pilgrimage sites. Among them, most famous is Shirdi. The all-India popular Sai Baba Temple is in Shirdi. Other popular tourist places in Ahmednagar district include Ahmednagar Fort, Mula Dam, Anand Dham, Chandbibi Mahal and many more.

  • Ahmednagar Fort: The Ahmednagar Fort is situated in the heart of the city. It was once the headquarters of the Sultan of Ahmednagar. However, in the year 1803, it was conquered by the British during the Second Anglo-Maratha War. Soon later, the British Raj used it as a prison. As for the present, the fort is administered by the Armored Corps of the Indian Army. The Ahmednagar Fort was built by Ahmed Nizam Shah. When the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru was detained in this jail by the British, he penned down the book “The Discovery of India” during his imprisonment.

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  • Alamgir: On Pathardi road near Bhingar is situated Alamgir, there Aurangzeb died at the age of 91. His corpse was then taken to Khultabad, which is near Aurangabad and he was buried there. A Masjid is also situated in this historical place along with a Baradri where meetings were held. Near the Masjid is a library which has rare Qurans, which were read during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb. The emperor himself had written one of the Qurans.
  • Anand Dham: Many saints were born in Ahmednagar and hence this land is considered holy. One of the saints is the Jain Saint Shri Anand Rishi Raj. At the age of 13 years, he took the Jain diksha. Anand Dham is developed in the saint’s memory and many social activities are held there in his remembrance.
  • Black Buck Sanctuary: In the Karjat Taluka area of Ahmednagar district is located a sanctuary specifically for the Black Buck. The sanctuary spans over 340 hectares of land, where 300 black bucks and 200 Chinkara antelopes can be spotted. The sanctuary is bordered by agricultural cultivation. Many a times, the antelopes used to destroy the crops. Hence, a fence was put up for the crops to stay safe from the animals.

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  • Mula Dam: This is the largest dam in the city and is also known as “Dayaneshwarsagar Dam.” The nearby areas of the dam have beautiful rest houses. It is quite near to the Mahatma Phule Krishi School.

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  • Kedgaon: Around 4 km from Ahmednagar Railway Station is Kedgaon, which is also the home town of the famous personality Akshay Khandve. This small village has a famous Durga temple. People from all religions visit this temple to celebrate Navratri.

Ahmednagar Railway Station has trains to and from all major Indian destinations and the great food delivery in Ahmednagar is a relief to passengers who travel via the city.

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