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Paithan
पैठण
Paithan
Location of Paithan
in Maharashtra and India
Coordinates 19°29′N 75°23′E / 19.48°N 75.38°E / 19.48; 75.38
Country  India
Region Marathwada
State Maharashtra
District(s) Aurangabad
Mayor
Population 34,556 (2001)
Official languages Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
Elevation

458 m (1,503 ft)

Paithan(About this sound pronunciation (Marathi: पैठण)) formerly Pratishthana, is a city and a municipal council in Aurangabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city was the capital of the Sātavāhana empire of ancient India that ruled from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD. It is one of the few inland towns mentioned in the famous 1st century AD Greek book, Periplus Maris Erytharaei.

Paithan is located 56 km south of present-day Aurangābād on the Godavari River in Maharashtra. Paithan was home of the great Maharashtrian saint Eknath, whose "samadhi" can be found there. The little town is famous for its Shrine of 'Sant Eknath' where people flock every year during the time of 'Paithan Yatra' also known as NathShashti.The town is mostly famous today for its sarees — the Paithani beautiful silk saris which sport intricately embroidered gold or silver borders. It is also a famous Digambar Jain atishay kshetra. A beautiful Black coloured Sand Idol of 20th Jain Tirthankar, Bhagwan Munisuvratnath is installed in temple here. It is believed that all wishes are fulfilled by praying here. Sant Dnyaneshwar Udyan [1]is famous garden developed on the lines of Mysore Garden.

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Paithan Jain Tirth

Paithan is a Digambar Jain Atishay kshetra (Pilgrimage place of miracle). Paithan has one Chaturth Kalin (Thousands of years old) sand Idol of Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath. The idol is of the time period when the stone Idol were not made and hence one can estimate its antiquity. It is believed that Ram, Lakshman and Sita used to worship this Idol. The Idol is miraculous and one who visits the temple with pure intent and full devotion gets his or her all wishes fulfilled.

Jayakwadi dam

A major dam named the "Jayakwadi dam" is located near Paithan, and is known for attracting a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. On 9 August 2006, Paithan experienced its worst flood in known history when the dam floodgates were opened because of heavy rainfall in the region. Photography at this dam is banned and driving your vehicle up to the dam is not permitted. All notices are only in Marathi.

Geography

Paithan is located at 19°29′N 75°23′E / 19.48°N 75.38°E / 19.48; 75.38[1]. It has an average elevation of 458 metres (1502 feet).

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[2] Paithan had a population of 34,556. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Paithan has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75%, and female literacy is 60%. In Paithan, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Transport

Nearest Railway Station : Aurangabad (50 km)

Nearest Airport : Aurangabd (53 km)

Available bus routes:

Aurangabad - Paithan

Ahmednagar - Shevgaon - Paithan

Beed - Gevorai - Paithan

Tourist attractions

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Parks

  • Sant Dnyaneshwar garden, Paithan
  • Jayakwadi dam bird sanctuary: home for migratory birds from Siberia
  • Shani Shignapur is also close to this place

References

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Paithan
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. http://web.archive.org/web/20040616075334/http://www.censusindia.net/results/town.php?stad=A&state5=999. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  

Geographical Location

North: Aurangabad
West: Nevasa Paithan East: Shahagad
South: Beed

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Aurangabad : Paithan

Paithan is a Taluka city in Aurangabad District that is part of Marathwada region of Maharashtra state. Paithani is located at around 56km south of Aurangabad on the banks of Godavari River. It known in the ancient times as 'Pratishthan' was capital city of Satvahan dynasty and major hub of commerce at that time. Paithan is also the birthplace of Sant Eknath - one of the greatest saints of Maharashtra.

Today's Paithan has fewer but definite signs of the old glory it once carried. Recently Archeological Survey of India found remnants from 1st and 2nd Centuary around Paithan.

Get in

Paithan is situated at a distance of 56km south of Aurangabad. As most people would want to continue to Paithan from Aurangabad, the best way to reach it is by road from Aurangabad which is a state highway. When coming from Pune, one can take the SH60 till Ahmednagar and proceed to Paithan via Shevgaon. Shortest route from Mumbai will be SH2 which starts from Kalyan and goes through Murbad, Malshej Ghat, Aale Phata and Ahmednagar.

Nearest Railway Station and Airport - both are Aurangabad.

Get around

Paithan is a small city and you can get around on foot. Cycle could be yet another option though availability of cycles on rental is not known at this moment.

  • Eknath Maharaj Temple Shrine of Sant Eknath that devotees flock during Nath-Shashthi.
  • Paithani Kendra Paithani silk saris are renowned with exquisite zari borders. A visit to the weavers workshop is fascinating and one can order a customised saree as well.
  • Jayakwadi Dam - Dam on River Godavari - Largest river in Southern India. The reservoir is called Nath Sagar.
  • Jayakwadi bird Sanctuary has attracted many species of resident and migrant birds. Almost 200 species of birds can be found in this region, which includes more than 70 species of migratory birds. Out of these, 45 chief species are of international migration. Notable amongst migratory birds are Cranes, Flamingos, Pintails, Wigeon, Shoveller, Brahmany Duck, Pochards, Teals, God Wit, Shauces, Glossy Ibis, etc.
  • Jnyaneshwar Watika - built on the lines of the famous Vrindavan Gardens in Mysore, Pinjore in Haryana and the Shalimar in Kashmir. The musical fountain show is noteworthy. Do not miss the Museum that houses remnants found in the excavation done around Paithan. It is located at the far end of the garden
  • Visit Paithani Kendra - Paithanis are exotic, hand-woven saris which is speciality and uniqueness of Paithan.
  • Bird Watching around Jayakwadi Dam and the tail waters of River Godawari
  • Take children to Jnyaneshwar Watika that has puppet and musical fountain show.
  • Paithani and other hand-woven clothes
Typical Paithani Sari
Typical Paithani Sari
  • There are numerous hotels in Paithan town but most of them serve vegetarian food. Try Dal-Khichadi.
  • Tea at road-side tea-stalls
  • Sugarcane Juice

Sleep

There are a number of Lodging facilities available in Paithan City and they serve cheap accommodation.

  • New Durga Lodging - arguably the best lodge.
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