Overview Aurangabad is a major city in the district Maharashtra. It's known best for its monuments and other historical places. It is the Tourism Ca
Aurangabad is a major city in the district Maharashtra. It’s known best for its monuments and other historical places.
It is the Tourism Capital of Maharashtra and is the fifth largest city of Maharshtra. It is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
The culture of Aurangabad city is heavily influenced by Hyderabad. The old city still has the cultural flavour and charms of Muslim culture of Hyderabad. Its influence is reflected in the language and cuisine of the locals.
The city boasts of rich and world-renowned handicrafts like Himroo silk shawls, saares and Paithani silk saares. The Himroo material is woven by combining golden and silver threads with cotton. The art of weaving Paithani saares, is 200 years old. Weaving is done with combining pure silk and pure gold threads. It has intricate patterns of flowers, peacock, parrots, along with inspirations from Ajanta and Ellora Caves in the weavings. Bidriware and semi-precious stones are other handicraft attractions available.
Marathi and Urdu are the principal languages of the city, they are spoken in Dakhni – Hyderabadi Urdu dialect.
Hindi is spoken as a common language by the non-marathi and non-Urdu speakers.
Annual mean temperatures in Aurangabad range from 17 to 33 °C, with the most comfortable time to visit in the winter – October to February. The highest maximum temperature ever recorded was 46 °C (114 °F) on 25 May 1905. The lowest recorded temperature was 2 °C (36 °F) on 2 February 1911. In the cold season, the district is sometimes affected by cold waves in association with the eastward passage of western disturbances across north India, when the minimum temperature may drop down to about 2 °C to 4 °C (35.6 °F to 39.2 °F).
Rainfall: Most of the rainfall occurs in the monsoon season from June to September.Thunderstorms occur between November to April. Average annual rainfall is 710 mm.The city is often cloudy during the monsoon season and the cloud cover may remain together for days. The daily maximum temperature in the city often drops to around 22 °C due to the cloud cover and heavy rains.
Temples & Other Religious Places
1. Varad Ganesh Mandir
Address: Samarth Nagar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
Phone: 0240 233 3112
Varad Ganesh Mandir Lord Ganesh Temple in aurangabad is another well known and old temple in city. Varad Ganesh Mandir is located in samarthnagar, aurangabad and many devotees in city visit this temple every day. It Has a hall that is occasionally lent for weddings, lectures, book exhibitions etc. You can go to this Temple via walking distance from Central Bus Stand of Aurangabad.
When you enter in temple and climb stairs than you enter in a temple’s main hall and you see at your right side “Loard Ganesha” and your left side the Biggest hall. The atmosphere of the temple is very enchanting you can feel that atmosphere when you enter in the temple. Many devotees reading “Ganesha Paath, Stotra, and Ganesh Chants” in front of ganesha. Loard Ganesh Made from white marble and decorated with many flowers. After Ganesh Darshan when you enter in the hall you can see the “Ashtavinyaka Statues”. Varad Ganesh is One of from Ashtavinyaka. Varad Ganesh Mandir now completly renovated and Decorate with marbles. Ganesh Chaturthi large number of devotees visit this enchanting place. Below we give Varad Ganesha Story.
2. ISKCON Temple
Address: N 1, Cidco, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431003
Phone: +91 9225410108 / +91 8806668681
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organization. This society has been founded in 1966 in New York City by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. This movement of mercy has spread to all continents of the world. Within 40 years it has established centers in most countries and important cities. The objective of this educational non-profit organisation is to make Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement available to every town and village.
3. Ghrushneshwarmahadev Mandir
Address: New Ghrushneshwar Colony, Harsul
On the pillars of this temple there are carvings summarizing various legends and mythologies of Shiva. The Garbhagriha measures 17 ft x 17 ft. The Lingamurty
faces eastward. There is a Nandi bull in the court hall. Ghrishneshwar Temple is a revered temple, situated in the state of Maharashtra.
4. Aurangabad Caves
Address: Grishneswar temple Road, Aurangabad
The Aurangabad caves are twelve rock-cut Buddhist shrines located on a hill running roughly east to west, close to the city of Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The first reference to the Aurangabad Caves is in the great chaitya of Kanheri Caves. The Aurangabad Caves were dug out of comparatively soft basalt rock during the 6th and 7th century.
The caves are divided into three separate groups depending on their location, these are usually called the “Western Group”, with Caves I to V (1 to 5), the “Eastern Group”, with Caves VI to IX (6 to 9), and a “Northern Cluster”, with the unfinished Caves X to XII (9 to 12).
The carvings at the Aurangabad Caves are notable for including Hinayana style stupa, Mahayana art work and Vajrayana goddesses. These caves are among those in India that show 1st millennium CE Buddhist artwork with goddesses such as Durga, and gods such as Ganesha, although Buddhist caves in other parts of India with these arts are older. Numerous Buddhist deities of the Tantra tradition are also carved in these caves.
5. Shree Swami Ayyappa Temple
Address: Beed-By-Pass Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Phone: 0240 265 4559
Ayyappa puja’s were conducted on the second Saturdays every month at the residence of different member. Shri. T.S.Bala Krishna Warrior used to perform the duty of priest. Bhajana Sanghan under leadership of Shri AG. Sasidharanan Nair reciting bhajans regularly.
Constructing a temple of lord Ayyappa at Aurangabad was the ceaseless dream of each and every member of shree Ayyappa Seva Sangham. Search for a suitable plot narrowed at last a very remote place on beed bye pass in Satara village, Ayyappa nagar.
Agriculture in the Aurangabad district is diversified, wide range of crops are grown in the district. Major food grains are Jowar, pearl millet, wheat& gram, among oilseeds Soybean is major crops while Cotton is major cash crops. The district economy is predominantly agro based.
Offices & Industries
Electronics giant Videocon has its manufacturing facility in Aurangabad where it manufactures a range of home appliances. The city was a major silk and cotton textile production centre. A fine blend of silk with locally grown cotton was developed as Himroo textile. Paithani silk saris are also made in Aurangabad. With the opening of the Hyderabad-Godavari Valley Railways in the year 1900 several ginning factories were started. After 1960, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) began acquiring land and setting up industrial estates. Aurangabad is now classic example of efforts of state government towards balanced industrialisation of state.
Major Industrial areas of Aurangabad are Chikhalthana MIDC, Shendra MIDC and Waluj MIDC. A new industrial belt namely Shendra – Bidkin Industrial Park is being developed under DMIC. The Maharashtra Centre For Entrepreneurship Development’s main office is in Aurangabad.
Modern Retail Industry has made its presence felt in the forms of Malls. Prozone Mall spread over 1 million square feet is the biggest in the region. The industry is a big employment generator. Prozone alone created direct employment opportunities for 4000 people.
Schools & Colleges
1. Nath Valley School
Address: Paithan Road, Cantonment Post Office, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431002
Phone: 0240 237 9247
2. Chate school
Address: Satara Parisar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Phone: 0240 265 4111
3. Little Wonders International School
Address: Behid Kala Ganpati Temple, N-1, CIDCO, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Phone: 086988 11711
4. Riverdale High School
Address: Gut No. 345, Behind Bajaj Hospital, Area, Beed By pass Road, Satara, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Phone: 0240 207 0014
1. Government College of Engineering
Address: Railway Station Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Phone: 0240 236 6101
2. Marathwada Institute of Technology
Address: Beed Bypass Road, Satara Village Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431028
Phone: 0240 237 5375
3. Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College
Address: N-6, New Aurangabad, At Co-Op Cdn, New Aurangabad, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
Phone: 0240 248 1437
4. P.E.S. College Of Engineering Aurangabad
Address: Nagsenvan, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
Phone: 0240 240 3011
1. Buddha Jayanti
Buddha Jayanti in the name of Buddha Festival is organised in the Aurangabad city as an important and vital a festival. Community halls and public places do remain much crowded and swarmed with believers for mass prayers. Religious processions are also taken out on this special day. Dussehra is another important fair and festivals of Aurangabad, which is literally celebrated for ten days at a stretch. On the tenth day, a fair is held in the city, when people address and welcome each other with offerings of `Apta`, or leaves that symbolise good luck. Bhavani Temple in the Karnapura locality of Aurangabad is visited by thousands of devotees on this day.
2. Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is looked at as the most important and crucial festival in Maharashtra, reaching worldwide fame. The festival in Aurangabad is celebrated with great zeal. Idols of Ganapati are installed at most of the public places and ten-day long celebrations are coordinated marvelously. On the last day, the clay idols are taken in a processional line-up in a grandiose manner and immersed in the river. The special occasion is marked by a lot of fun and gaiety.
3. Khultabad Urs
It is one of the colorful festivals of Aurangabad. This particular festival, accompanied by a fair in Aurangabad harks back the Islamic community to unite for their religious entreaties. Muslims gather together at the tomb of Khawaja for five days each year during the month of Rabi-Ul-Awal. This festival is formally thus acknowledged as the Khultabad Urs.
4. Navratri festival, this one of the biggest festival celebrate by aurangabadkar. Many Raas Dandiya Mandal organize biggest dandiya events for aurangabad people. where people enjoy the raas dandiya and get prizes. Many populer celebraties come in dandiya to entertain aurangabadkar. Really a Refreshment event it is.
Important Places Around
1. Ellora and Ajanta Caves:
The world-famous Ellora and Ajanta Caves are situated at 29 km (18 mi) and 107 km (66 mi) respectively from Aurangabad city and come within the Aurangabad district. The Ellora Caves consist of 34 caves built between 5th and 10th century CE under the patronage of Rashtrakuta Dynasty. They represent the epitome of Indian rock cut architecture. The Ajanta Caves are also 30 rock cut caves around a gorge, built by the Satavahana, Vakataka and Chalukya dynasties between 2nd and 5th century CE. They contain the rarest and finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, especially painting. Both the Ellora and Ajanta Caves are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
2. Bibi Ka Maqbara:
The Aurangabad city is known for the Bibi Ka Maqbara situated about 3 km (2 mi) from the city which is the burial mausoleum of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Dilras Banu Begum also known as Rabia-ud-Daurani. It is an imitation of the Taj Mahal at Agra and due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the “Taj of the Deccan”.
3. Daulatabad Fort:
The Daulatabad Fort (aka Devgiri Fort) located about 15 km (9 mi) north-west of Aurangaabd was one of the most powerful forts during the medieval period. Built in the 12th century CE by the Yadava Dynasty, it’s a citadel that was never conquered by any military force. The British called it the “best fort of India”, due to its extraordinary military strength. Built on a 200 metre high conical hill, the fort was defended by moats and trenches running around the hill at its foot besides the most complex and intricate defence system. The fort has two fixed massive canons which can be pivoted. The fortifications comprise three encircling walls with bastions.
The 17th-century water mill (Panchakki) situated at a distance of 1 km from the city is known for its underground water channel, which traverses more than 8 km. to its source away in the mountains. The channel culminates into an artificial waterfall that powers the mill.
Gateways: The city is also famous for the 52 gateways built during Mughal era which gives it the name of “City of Gates”.
5. Aurangabad Caves:
These are situated at a distance of 5 km (3 mi), nestled amidst the hills are 12 Buddhist caves dating back to 3 A.D. Of particular interest are the Tantric influences evident in the iconography and architectural designs of the caves.
6. Grishneshwar Temple:
It is one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines in India. The present temple was built by Ahilyabhai Holkar in 18th century CE. The structure is a unique example of Bhoomija architecture with a Maratha style influence.
7. Salim Ali Lake & Bird Sanctuary:
Popularly known as Salim Ali Talab is located in the northern part of the city near Delhi Darwaza, opposite Himayat Bagh. During the Mughal period it was known as Khiziri Talab. It has been renamed after the great ornithologist and naturalist Salim Ali. It also has a bird Sanctuary and a garden maintained by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation.
Transportation & Connectivity
Aurangabad Airport (Chikkalthana Airport) is an airport serving the city and has connecting flights to Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tirupati and Thiruvananthapuram. In 2008, flights were made available to the people travelling to the Hajj pilgrimage.
Aurangabad railway station is the major railway station under Nanded railway division.
Mumbai – Aurangabad
Hyderabad – Aurangabad
Nagpur – Aurangabad
Pune – Aurangabad (approximately 4.5 hours journey time)
– The city is very well known for the Ajanta – Ellora Caves, a world heritage site. The status was given by UNESCO.
-Ellora caves are locally known as ‘Verul Leni’.
-The Great Kailasa (Cave 16) at Ellora boasts of being the largest single monolithic excavation in the world.
-Ellora caves have been hewn out of the volcanic basaltic formation of Maharashtra, known as ‘Deccan Trap’.
-The Great Kailasa is a freestanding, multi-storied temple complex, built to resemble Mount Kailasa – the abode of Lord Shiva.
-Dashavatara cave (Cave 15) at Ellora depicts the ten avataras of Lord Vishnu.
-The entrance of Ramesvara cave (Cave 21) is adorned with figurines of River Goddesses – Ganga and Yamuna.
-The design of Dhumar Lena (Cave 29) is similar to the cave temple on Elephanta Island, near Mumbai.
-Buddhist caves mostly consist of viharas or monasteries, which include living quarters, sleeping quarters, kitchens, and other rooms.
Important Contact Nos.
Control Room: 0240-2240500, 2240511, 2351348
Child Helpline Number
Toll free No.1098- Centralised number
J.A.P.U Aurangabad- 0240-2240542
Women Helpline Number -Toll free No. 1091.
Mob. No.+91 9158042444
Senior Citizen Helpline Number
Police Control Room.- 0240-2240500