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Ambarnath
Ambarnath
Location of Ambarnath
in Maharashtra and India
Coordinates 19°12′32″N 73°11′10″E / 19.209°N 73.186°E / 19.209; 73.186
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District(s) Thane
Population 203795 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
Elevation

35 m (115 ft)

Ambarnath (or Ambernath, Marathi: अंबरनाथ)[1]is a city and a municipal council in Thane district in the state of Maharashtra, India.

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Overview

The name Ambarnath literally means Lord of the sky. Ambarnath is the site of a very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, dating back, to 10th century. It is a beautiful temple carved out of stone in Hemad style construction. Ambarnath lies on Mumbai to Pune, railway route. Most people rely on the railway link to commute to Mumbai for work. Like all Mumbai suburbs Ambarnath is divided into east Ambarnath and west Ambarnath by railway. Ambarnath west is in an industrial zone and is home to hundreds of small and large chemical factories. Many people also live in an area called Ordnance Estate which is meant for the Ordnance Factory nearby that manufactures artillery and bomb shells. It is primarily a metropolitan town like mumbai that houses people from different origins & places from across India. A large manufacturing facility of WIMCO,India's largest manufacturers of safety matchsticks, is also located in Ambarnath on the Kalyan-Badlapur Road.

Ambarnath east has beautifully planned residential housing society called Suryodaya Housing Society. probably the largest housing society of bungalows in entire Asia which contains more than 655 plots and covers around 4 km² of area. The housing society has 4 sections namely Kansai, Saai, Kher(Herambh) and Vadavali. Out of these Kansai and Vadavali were small villages in the past. The area in the west was named Jausai and the one in east was known Kansai. The Saai Section has a huge temple near Bhagini Mandal School. Ambarnath east was once a pristine area of beautiful Bungalows but unplanned development over the years has taken its toll. The infrastructure is getting stretched to support the current population growth and the Bungalows have all been replaced with cookie cutter apartment buildings.

Places to see in Ambarnath - Shiva Temple, Fatima Catholic Church and School, GIP Tank, One Tree Point, Ayyapa Temple, Shantisagar Water Resort, Chikloli Dam , Barvi Dam and Labour statue (which is probably the only statue representing Labour in India). Malang Gadh, a pilgrimage place know as Haji Malang Dargah, as well as hiking spot, is also close by.

Tavali Hill.JPG

Heramb Mandir is a renovated temple of Lord Ganesha.

Ambarnath is a small self contained township which has very prominent schools like Bhausaheb Paranjape Vidyalaya, InnerWheel School, Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School), SICES, Fatima High School and Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya. It also has two junior and senior colleges offering bachelors degrees in commerce science and arts.

A popular hill station called Matheran, and Titwala, which has a famous Ganesh temple, are close by.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[2] Ambarnath had a population of 203,795. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. 13% of the population is over 60 years of age. Coordinates: 19°12′N 73°10′E / 19.2°N 73.167°E / 19.2; 73.167

History

According to Professor Gawli Anil, Guru Nanak visited Ambarnath Shiv Temple on 25 February 1415 while Surinder Singh Kohli and other historians mention the period to be earlier than this. Following is an extract of text detailing his visit -

Ambarnath is not the actual name of this town. Its was "Hallyacha Pada" , a village near welfare center (EAST) was the original name of this town. Dr. Rajendra Prasad inaugurated the railway station "Hallyacha Pada" after independence. This town started flourishing after the arrival of DMC, WIMCO and got rechristened as Ambarnath( before this there were only two villages recognised in this area as Kohoj-Khuntawali at west and Hallyacha Pada at East). When first Nagarpalika came in existence, Leaders like Meheruddin Pathan ,Madan Singh Manvir Singh, Nalwade and Laxman Jathar really transformed this city into a high standard little town. Subsequently arrival of MIDC pumped in more productivity in this town. Those days the OCTROI revenue from this town was 2nd in entire maharashtra state after Pimpri-chinchwad.

There is also an Ancient Dargah Located in the Kohoj Village Popularly known as Baba Gaiban Shah Dargah, located between 3 Different Areas Kohoj Village, Chinchpada, and Woollen Chawl.

As per the recent excavations, there existed an urban civilization in the Area of Ambarnath since 200BC. The bricks found resemble to Satavahan era.

Places

  • Ganesh Mandir, near Shivaji Nagar, eastern Ambarnath
  • Maa Kali Temple, at Ordance Estate, western Ambarnath
  • Shiv Mandir, near Shiv Ganga Nagar, eastern Ambarnath
  • Ghaban Shah Wali Darga, located in western Ambarnath
  • Gurunaka Temple, located in western Ambarnath
  • Heramb Ganesh Temple, located in eastern Ambarnath.
  • Hazrat Haji Abdur Rehaman, Haji Malang, Dargha Ambarnath
  • Dargah Hazrat Gaiban Shah baba, Ambarnath.
  • Ayyappa Temple, Ayyappa giri, near Ordnance Estate, Ambarnath.
  • Maruti Mandir, Vandrapada
  • Sai baba temple, modern mandir near state bank of India, eastern Ambernath
  • Teen jhaad (three trees), located in the western Ambarnath
  • Shree Heramb Mandir Temple, half a mile away from the railway station of Ambarnath in the east. Lod Heramb idol is made of granite rock and sculptured at Tirupati Devasthanm. Lord Heramb is a Vighnaharta of the people of Ambarnath.
  • Saibaba Mandir Temple, east of Ambernath station. On Thursdays Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians come to see the life size statue of Saibaba.
  • Ayyappa Temple, Navre Park, located in western Ambarnath.
  • Narayan nagar ( w ) a place united all together all are from Jalgaon and Bhusaval.
  • Panvelkar Regency Near Fr. Agnel Multipurpose school, Khojgaon

Schools

  • Fatima High School(Subhashwadi)
  • South Indian Children Education Society (S.I.C.E.S) High School (Subhashwadi)
  • Telugu Vikasa Mandali (T.V.M.) (Gaondevi Road)
  • TMS High School(Subhaswadi)
  • RTC's P.M.M. Inner Wheel School and Junior college (Shivdham)
  • S.V.Kolkar Vidyalaya
  • Bhausaheb Paranjape Vidyalaya
  • Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya (Station Road)
  • P.M.M High School
  • National Urdu School
  • Rosary English School
  • Haji Yusuf Urdu School
  • Modern English High School
  • Bethel Church High School (Dubai Colony)
  • Dr.B.G.Chhaya Sharda Mandir (Gujrati Medium)
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Ambernath
  • Madina Masjid Near Fatima School in western Ambarnath
  • Gokhale Rahalkar Vidyalaya, Kher section (Ambarnath) East
  • Fr. Agnel Multipurpose school, Khojgaon, Ambernath
  • Shastri Hindi Vidyalaya, Ambernath West
  • Millat Urdu School, Ambernath West
Ambarnath
Next station south:
Badlapur
Mumbai suburban railway : Central Railway Next station north:
Ulhasnagar
Stop No: 27 KM from starting: 60 Platforms: 3

References

fr.agnel

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