About AmbejogaiAmbajogai is a city in Maharashtra. It includes a municipal council, a tahsil and subdivision in the Beed district. Named after the Hindu Goddess, Ambabai, the place is said to be the cultural capital of the Marathwada region. It is said that Goddess Ambabai, also known as Amba, who was an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, visited the place to finish the devil, Dantasura.
History of AmbajogaiThe name, Ambajogai was given to it in the year 1948. When it was under the Nijam regime, the place was referred to as Mominabad. Earlier it was also known as Jaywantinagar. The city has developed over the years and continues to tread towards development. It has given us several notable personalities. Here is a look at the same.
Notable Personalities from AmbajogaiSwami Mukundraj: Mukundraj, one of the earliest Marathi literary figures, born in Pauni, Bhandara district, penned down his first Marathi poetry, Viveksindhu in Ambajogai. The work received immense appreciation and is still considered to be one of the best literary works in Marathi. A samadhi of this great scholar has been built in Ambajogai.
Pramod Mahajan: An eminent political leader, who formed a part of the Bhartiya Janata Party, was also from this city.
Swami Ramanand Teerth: A freedom fighter, social activist and educator, born in the year 1903, also finds a connection with the city.
Digambarrrao Deshpande and Babasaheb Paranjape, who battled against the Razakars to bring the Nizam regime to an end, are also among the great personalities who are associated with Ambajogai.
Sant Dasopant: This great soul and equally eminent poet also lived in the city all his life. He composed several of his verses here.
Geography of AmbajogaiAmbajogai is located in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region. Here is a look at the distance between Ambajogai and some of the main cities located in Maharashtra:
Ambajogai to Mumbai
Distance: 474 Km
Time Taken: Approximately 8 hours
Ambajogai to Thane
Distance: 478.7 km
Time Taken: Approximately 8 hours 30 mins
Ambajogai to Pune
Distance: 320 Km
Time Taken: Approximately 6 hours
Ambajogai to Nashik
Distance: 354 Km
Time Taken: Approximately 7 hours
Ambajogai to Nagpur
Distance: 495 Km
Time Taken: Approximately 9 hours
Culture and Religion in Ambajogai
Ambajogai is considered to be the cultural capital of the Marathwada Region. The ancient Yogeshwari
Temple located here is of great religious significance and is visited not only by the locals here but also
by a large number of people from different parts of the country. It is said to be one of the 3½ peeths of Maharashtra.
People belonging to different religions live in complete harmony in the city. The population density of Hindus in this area is 49%, Muslims form around 39% of the entire population while around 8.6% of the population here is that of the Buddhists. Christians, Jains and other communities form the remaining 3.5% of the population.
Different festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri are celebrated with great zeal here. Apart from these festivals, the people belonging to this region come together to celebrate the famous festival held at the Yogeshwari Temple each year during Dassehra and Margashirsh Poornima.
Tourism in AmbajogaiAmbajogai is famous for its heritage places. Here is a look at the various places you can head to in and around the city on your visit here:
Yogeshwari Temple: This is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. Several pilgrims from all over Maharashtra especially the Konkan region visit the place. The temple is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Parali.
Saint Mukundraj Samadhi: The samadhi of the famous Marathi poet is also located in the city. It lies on the Balghat hill, located at a distance of one kilometer from the Yogeshwari temple. Saint Mukundraj was the first Marathi poet. The famous verse Viveksindhu was written by him.
Sarveshwar Teerth: This famous Sarveshwar Teerth located here is also visited by several pilgrims from different parts of Maharashtra.
Shivleni Caves: This underground cave is also a famous archaeological site in Maharashtra. Also known as Hattikhana, this cave is known for Lord Shiva, Nandi and elephants carvings.
Hazrat Shaikh Masood Kirmani: This ancient Dargah is visited by numerous Muslim pilgrims from far and wide.
Apart from these many other temples and heritage sites including Dutta Mandir, 12 Khambhi, Ganesh Sai Mandir, Amruteshwar, Buttenath Cave, Nagnath Mandir, Amleshwar Mandir, Putreshwar Mandir, Sankleshwar Mandir and Kashi Vishweshwar Temple are also located here. Most of the temples located here boast of the Hemadpanti style of architecture.
Weekend Getaways from Ambajogai
Looking forward to a weekend excursion from Ambajogai? Here are some of the places you can visit
over the weekend to rejuvenate yourself.
Mahabaleshwar: Distance from Ambajogai: 357 km; Time Taken: 7 hours 15 minutes
This beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats range lies in Maharashtra’s Satara district. It is a popular holiday spot as well as pilgrimage. The Arthur’s Sear, Venna Lake, Krishnabai Temple, Kate’s Point, 3 Monkey Point, Needle Hole Point, Wilson Point and Pratapgad fort are the main tourist attractions here.
Khandala: Distance from Ambajogai: 395 km; Time Taken: 6 hrs 50 minutes
Another hill station located in the Western Ghats, Khandala is one of the most sought after tourist spots in Khandala. Tiger’s Leap, Karla and Bhaja Cave, Duke’s Nose, Amrutanjan Point and Bhushi Lake are among the places of interest here. Lonavala is located at a distance of merely 3 Km from Khandala and Karjat is located at a distance of 7 Km. You may visit these places as well if your schedule is less tighter.
Rajmachi: Distance from Ambajogai: 400 kms; Time Taken: 7 hours 40 minutes
This beautiful village, known for its scenic beauty, lies at the foothills of Sahyadri in Maharashtra. This is especially a must visit for you if you love trekking. Trekking along the lush green trees, breathing in fresh air is all you need to refresh yourself. The place is also known for its enchanting forts that render it an old world charm. Do check out the Manaranjan, Rajmachi and Shrivardhan forts on your visit to the place.
Transportation System in AmbajogaiThe city is connected to the other parts of the state of Maharashtra with State Highway 156. The Maharashtra State Transport Buses run all day and night and are a comfortable means to commute to different cities and towns within the state and even outside. Besides there are many private buses as well as other vehicles that connect Ambajogai to other places and also help people commute to different places within the city. To visit different places within the city you can also use auto rikshaws that are popularly called tok-tok there.
Fact File AmbajogaiPopulation: 69,277 as of 2001 with 52% males and 48% females
Average Literacy Rate: 71%
Telephone Code: 02446
Vehicle Registration: MH-44
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