Amravati Division Information

Amravati division is formed by Govt. of Maharashtra on 1st of May 1981 This Revenue Division consist of 5 District Amravati  In the central zone  of  India Known as Viderbha Region . Amravati Division is bound by Madhya Pradesh state to the north, Nagpur Division to the east, Andhra Pradesh state to the southeast, Marathwada region (Aurangabad Division) to the south and southwest, and Nashik Division to the west.
Amravati is a city in the state of Maharashtra, India and the seventh most populous metropolitan area in Maharashtra. It is also the administrative headquarters of the Amravati district. Among the historical landmarks in the city are the temples of Amba, Shri Krishna, and Shri Venkateshwara.
Amravati is also the headquarters of the "Amravati Division" which is one of the six divisions of the state of Maharashtra (Amravati and Nagpur divisions together form Vidarbha region). Apart from Amravati district itself, following four districts also come under Amravati Division:
1. Akola, 2. Yavatmal, 3. Buldhana and 4. Washim. Amravati Municipal Corporation, established in 1983, is the first Municipal Corporation in India, which has introduced privatization of octroi.

  • Area: 46,090 km²
  • Population (2011 census): 11,266,653
  • Districts: Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim, Yavatmal
  • Literacy: 77.79%
  • Area under irrigation: 2,582.02 km²
  • Railways: broad gauge 249 km, meter gauge 227 km, narrow gauge 188 km.

Amravati division roughly corresponds to the former province of [Berar Province Berar], which was ceded to [Hyderabad State] by the [Maratha] Maharajas of [Nagpur] in 1803. In 1853, it was occupied by the British, who decided to administer the state. In 1903, it was added to the British-administered [Central Provinces], which was renamed [Central Provinces and Berar]. Upon Indian independence, the Central Provinces and Berar were reorganized as the Indian state of [Madhya Pradesh]. In 1956 the Indian states were reorganized on linguistic grounds, and Amravati and Nagpur divisions were transferred to [Bombay State], which was split on linguistic lines into the states Maharashtra and [Gujarat] in 1960.

Administration

The Divisional Commissioner, an IAS officer appointed by the Government of Maharashtra, administers the division. The current commissioner is Shri Ganesh Thakur.

Geography
Amravati is located at 20°56′N 77°45′E / 20.93°N 77.75°E . It has an average elevation of 343 metres (1125 feet). It lies 156 km (97 mi) west of Nagpur, and serves as the administrative center of Amravati District and of Amravati Division. The town is located near the passes through the hills that separate the cotton-growing regions of the Purna basin to the West and the Wardha basin to the East.
Amravati is also home to Shivtekdi, a popular hilltop place for hundreds of joggers. Efforts are being done to revamp the Maaltekdi, to make it a healthy destination for all early exercisers.
Climate
Amravati has a tropical wet and dry climate with hot, dry summers from March to June, the monsoon season from July to October and warm winters from November to March. The highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded was 46.7oC on 25 May 1954 and 5.0oC on 9 February 1887 respectively.

Culture and Religion

The Temple of Goddess Amba is an example of spiritual architecture in the Vidharbha Region. There's a legend that when Lord Krishna ran away with Goddess Rukhamini from her wedding ceremony, he used a tunnel laying from Ambadevi temple to Koundinyapur (another spiritual place near Amravati). This tunnel is still in existence but is now closed. Many research teams over the years have tried to investigate about the length of the tunnel but all their efforts were in vain.
Amba mata
In Navaratri, there's a fair which goes on for 9 days where people from nearby towns and villages participate and dance Garba/Dandiya until late in the evening. The city is also known for the Sai Temple along with Bhaktidham situated in Sai Nagar and Shree Swami Samarth temple situated in Rahatgaon. Other major Indian festivals like Diwali and Holi are also celebrated with lots of enthusiasm.
Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, the conference on Marathi Literature were held twice in Amravati city. It was presided by President of the Conference Keshav Jagannath Purohit in 1989.
The 11th Annual Pakshi Mitra Sammelan was held at Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University. It was presided over by bird analyst, Raju Kasambe.

Notable people ,Saints

  • Shri Sant Gadge Maharaj
  • Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Maharaj
  • Paramhanse Adkoji Maharaj
  • Shree Sant Gunvant Maharaj Lakhanvadi
  • Sant Gulabrao Maharaj (Dnyaneshkanya)
  • Shikshan Maharshi Amolrao Khade Maharaj
Freedom Fighters and Patriots
  • Shri Ramdayal Ayodhyaprasad Gupta
  • Shri Kunjbihariji Gowardhandsji Kedia(Agrawal) (Sawlapur)
  • Shri Dadasaheb Khaparde
  • Veer Vamanrao Joshi
  • Umarlalji Kedia
  • Rao Bahadur Raghunath Narasinha Mudholkar
  • Barrister Moropant Vishvanath Joshi
  • Mirza Azizullah Baig
  • Shri Sukhdevroji Fogoji Tidke (Krantiveer)
Social and Political Activists
  • Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh
  • Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil
  • Brijlal Biyani
  • Padmashri Dr.Shivajirao Patwardhan
  • Barrister Ramrao Madhavrao Deshmukh
  • Shri B. T. Deshmukh
  • Shri Milind V. Chimote
  • Shri R.S. Gavai
  • Shrimati Usha Tai Chowdhary
  • Shri. Bablubhau alias Aniruddha Subhanrao Deshmukh
  • Dr. Sunil Deshmukh
  • Harshavardhan Pratapsingh Deshmukh
  • Raosaheb Devisijgh Shekhavat
  • Ravikumar Rana
  • Yashomati Thakur
Artists
  • Shri Gopal Nilkanth Dandekar [Famous Marathi writer, born at Paratwada in Amravati Dist.]
  • Shri Suresh Bhat (was popularly known as "Gazal Samrat" or emperor of Gazals)
Education

At the heart of the city is the oldest and famous government institute known as the King Edwards College Govt. Vidarbha Institute Of Science And Humanities, formerly known as Vidarbha Mahavidyalaya, before which was known as King Edward College. It is the only government college serving Amravati with maximum branches for Humanities at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. The college has several renowned alumni. The institute has over 500 teaching and non-teaching staff, the maximum in any college under Amravati University.
Renowned educationalist and former Agricultural Minister of India, Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh is the founder of Vidharbha’s largest Shivaji Education society. More than 265 educational institutes are under the management of Shivaji Education Society, providing great contribution in the field of education especially in rural area.
Amravati has emerged as a major educational center in Central India offering many majors including medical and engineering courses. It has renowned colleges like Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University,[7] Government College of Pharmacy,[8] Government College of Engineering, Amravati, Government Polytechnic Amravati. V.Y.W.S.'s Prof. Ram Meghe Institute of Technology & Research [9] is located at Badnera and Prof Ram Meghe College of Engineering and Management also located at Badnera. It had a C-DAC center with Super Computer in it. New engineering colleges sprang up in past few years including HVPM's Engg. College and the Sipna College of Engg. and Technology. There are some excellent high schools in Amravati namely Narayan Das Laddha Highschool, Brijlal Biyani Science College, Shri Ramkrishna Krida Vidyalaya, Shri Samarth High School, Bhawarilal Samra English High School, School of Scholars, Holy Cross, Rajeshwari Vidya Mandir, Dnyanmata High School Amravati, Narayan Das Laddha High School,, Shri Ganeshdasji Rathi Vidhyalaya, Saraswati Vidhyalaya, Friends Urdu High School | Friends English High School, Takhatmal English High School, Deepa English Primary School, Manibai Gujrathi High School, Pragati Vidhyalaya, New High School, Latebai School, Mohanlal Samra Primary & Montsary School, Adarsha Prarthmik Shala, Vanita Samaj, Golden Kids English High School, DRS Kids School and St. Francis High School, Amravati. These schools are the pioneers in providing quality English and Marathi Medium education. Fulor is a famous 35 years old art institute in Sangani Nagar.
A couple of medium and high schools now have CBSE pattern along with Navodaya Vidyalay, conveying the modern outlook of the residents leading the way in this is Abyasa English School. The Management of Abyasa English School has also decided to start ICSE affiliated school, which will be called as Amravati Public School. The plan is in its initial stage.

Old Amravati

Amravati was once surrounded by four gates: Jawahar Gate, Kholapuri Gate, Nagpuri Gate and Amba Gate. The jewellery market (also known as Sarafa Bazaar) is located inside Jawahar Gate with renowned shops like Mangalam, Gogate Saraf, Soni jewellers, etc. There are mainly two parts inside the Fort wall, Bhaji Bazar and Budhwara, famous for the Ganeshotsava ( Lord Ganesh Festival ). In Bhaji Bazar, two Ganesh Mandal are famous (1) Chhatrapati Shivaji Mandal and (2) Sarvajanik Mandal, In Budhwara, the Famous Mandals are (1) Azad Hind Mandal (2) Nilkanth Mandal, who organize various programs during the 10 days. Also there are famous Temples located in old Amravati (1)Balkrishna temple, Someshwar Temple, Murlidhar and bhrahmachari maharaj Temple (Renewd by Deodia family in 1938), Laxmi Narayan Temple, Jain Shwetamber Temple, Kala Maroti Temple all in Bhaji bazar, (2) Nilkanth Temple, Shri Krishna temple, Ekvira Devi temple, all in Budhwara, Amba Devi and Ekvira Devi temple, Amba Gate

Governance

The current legislative member representing Amravati is Rajendra Shekhawat of the Indian National Congress (INC). He is the son of the current President of India, Pratibha Patil.
The current Member of Parliament for Amravati is Anand Adsul of the Shivsena The current Amvarati mayor is Kishor Shelke of the Indian Nationalist Congress (NCP), while Sheikh Jafar of the Indian National Congress Party (INC) is the Deputy Mayor.
Amravati is also the hometown of a number of politicians. The current President of India, Pratibha Patil originated from Amravati. The current Governor of Kerela, R. S. Gavai also came from Amravati. Both have represented the Amravati Lok Sabha constituency in the past.

Transport

Road

The NH6, is a National Highway which runs from Hazira (Surat) to Kolkata. NH6 is a part of Asian Highway 46. The streatch of this road between Badnera to Talegaon is to be widened to four lane. This will become the first road of the city of the standard of express highway. This will reduce the travel time between amravati and nagpur considerably. Maharashtra state transport buses are most commonly used by people to travel to rural parts of the region.

Railway

Amravati is situated on the branch line from Badnera on Bhusawal - Nagpur section of Mumbai (CSTM) - Howrah main railway line of Central Railways.
President Pratibha Patil has laid the foundation stone for the New Amravati model railway station building on September 7, 2008. Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav announced the decision to set up a new divisional railway office in Amravati which will be housed in the model railway station building.[citation needed] This will be the sixth divisional railway office of Central Railways, the other five divisions being in Mumbai, Nagpur, Solapur, Bhusawal and Pune.
There are also three other train routes: Amravati - Jabalpur Super Fast Express, Amravati - Nagpur Intercity Express, Amravati - Mumbai Superfast Express and Amravati - Surat Fast Passenger train that start from Amravati.[12]

Air

Amravati has an aerodrome at Belora 15 kms off  NH-6 towards Akola. Presently it's not used for commercial purposes. It also has a helipad facility.

Places of Interest
  • Wadali
  • Malkhed
  • Morshi Dam
  • Chikhaldara
  • Chattri Talav
  • Maal-Tekdi having the famous Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue