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Washim,The City Of Temples 

Introduction 
Washim is a city and a municipal council in Washim district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Washim is the district headquarters of Washim district. Washim is located in the eastern region of Vidharbha. Akola lies to its north, Amravati lies to its north-east, Hingoli lies to its south, Buldhana lies to its west, Yavatmal lies to its east. The Rivers Penganga and Aran pass through the Washim district. There are many well known hospitals, Schools, Colleges and Banks in Washim City. It is specially famous for its Balaji Temple. It also has a railway junction. By railway is connected to Akola, Purna, Nanded and Khandwa. Apart from this, Washim is known to have had 108 Tirthas, holy places or sacred springs, associated with different gods and sages. The Padma Thirtha is one of the chief Tirthas erected by Lord Vishnu. Agriculture is the primary industry in this region. Some of the main crops that are grown in this very place include jowar, cotton, bajra, wheat, rice, tur and mango. The district is filled with several temples and ponds and serves as a good weekend getaway.

History 
Washim was known earlier as Vatsagulma and it was the seat of power of the Vakataka dynasty. Sarvasena the Second son of Pravarsena I was the founder of Vatsagulma Or Washim of today. His fourth generation son Harishena was one of the main patrons of the Ajanta Caves World Heritage Site. The house of Vakataka and their last generations supported Buddhism and supported all Buddhist arts. Washim is the place where Vatsa rishi performed penance and where many Gods came to bless him as a result of which it came to be known as Vatsagulma. Its mention as Vatsagulma is traced in Padma. In the Treta Yuga, the second age, this country was a part of the Dandakaranya, or Dandaka jungle, and the rishi Vatsa had his ashram hermitage at this place.

Tourism 
Washim is a very nice tourist place situated in the state of Maharashtra. It has some major religious tourism spots including Padmateerth, Antariksha Parshwanath Jain mandir, Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj(Guru Mandir), Shri Sakharam Maharaj Temple, Shri Nath Nange Maharaj Temple, Pohara Devi, Chamunda Devi and many others. Apart from this, the city has numerous attractive places and sightseeing, which makes it an ideal tourist spot for travellers.

Places to visit 

Venkateshwara Balaji Temple
Venkateshwara Balaji Temple is one of the most famous temple located in Washim. The temple of was constructed in 1779 AD by Bhavani Kalu who rose to be the Diwan of Sabji Bhosle and Janoji Bhosle. It is believed that Tirupati Lord Balaji comes here for resting after the harvest. A big Fair is held in honour of Balaji in Ashvina month

Shri Gurumandir Sansthan
Karanja is birth place of Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Gurumaharaj who is believed to be 2nd avatar of Lord Datta. Over the past 70 years, Gurumandir of Karanja has become a nucleus for religious and social welfare activities in the Vidharabha region.

Padmatirtha
Padmatirtha is one of the holy 108 tirthas of Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated in the northern quarters of Washim city. The temple is at the centre of the kund where devotes takes bath.

Ram Mandir
Ram Mandir has the main shrine of Lord Rama with other shrines of Sita, Maruti, Rariha Krishna. It is said that Bhagvandas Maharaj Bairagi built this temple 250 years ago. Ramnavami is the main festival of the temple in the month of Chaitra.

Daridrya Harana Tirtha
Daridrya Harana Tirtha is a water tank which is believed to have created by Shri Dattatreya. It is also believed that it is the same place where King Dashratha of Ayodhya, the father of Lord Rama, killed Shravana by mistake as per Ramayana epic.

Area 5,150 kmĀ²
Population 1297160
Language Hindi, Marathi
Pin Code 444105

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