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Dhule

City : Dhule
Location : Western India
Language : Marathi, Hindi



Know About Dhule

Dhule is a city and a municipal council in Dhule district in northwestern part of Maharashtra state, India. Dhule is one of the very few well-planned cities of India before Indian Independence.




History

Being on two national highways, Dhule is a popular stop for truckers. On the background is pre-historic Laling fort near the city.Dhule became part of the Mughal Empire in 1601, during the reign of Akbar. In the 18th century Dhule came under Maratha rule. In 1818, Dhule was annexed by the British, and was included in the Bombay Presidency. Dhule city is a well planned city, and it is believed that it was planned by Capt. James Briggs. After Indian independence in 1947, Bombay Presidency became Bombay State, which in 1960 was divided along linguistic lines into the new states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.




Geography

Dhule is located at 20.9° N 74.78° E. It has an average elevation of 240 metres (787 feet).Dhule lies in the Khandesh region, which forms the northwest corner of southern India's Deccan Plateau, in the valley of the Tapi river. Dhule is situated on the banks of the Panzara River.



Business and Economy

Suzlon wind energy projectThe city is a major business hub in the north Maharashtra region. In hey-days it was a one of the major center for textile industry, with both spinning and weaving operations. Textile industry is still alive here though at much smaller scale than past.

Many tiny and small scale industries are in the M.I.D.C. area of Dhule. Dhule is also growing up in Electronics equipments as well as in IT field also.

Agra road is the main street in the city where many important businesses/shops are located. Old Dhule or June Dhule is central place, Subhash Nagar is a business area with shops adjacent to Old Dhule.

Pach-Kandil is the main whole sale market of fruits and vegetables on Agra Road, Pat-bazaar is one of the old vegetable markets near an old canal, which used to run along the river side in the past.

Suzlon Energy, which is one of the largest wind power companies in the world, is presently developing a wind park site near Dhule. It is spread across a vast, undulating expanse. At 1,000 MW Suzlon’s Dhule wind park is poised to take its place among the world’s largest wind parks when complete.


Attraction

Panzara River on a cloudy monsoon day. The photo was taken from the Dhule city side, on the other side is Deopur, which is a suburb of Dhule. The image shows Chhota Pul or small bridge on the left hand side, and Motha Pul or big bridge on the right hand side.Rajwade Sanshodhan Mandal in Dhule is a famous museum established in 1932 where there is a big collection of articles collected by famous historian V.K.Rajwade. There are many historical articles of mughal and Rajput period.

In which, there are coloured pictures, coins, historical copper plates, stone and metal statues, old hand written documents, historical documents, stone apparatuses, pots etc. pre-historical articles, historical apparatuses and art gallery on history related subjects. There is a good reference library containing more than 2000 books. Surya Mandir is an oldest temple. Central jail of the city was constructed by British, and many freedom-fighters, which played important role at national level, were imprisoned here.


Shivtharghal, where Samartha Ramdas Swami wrote the book Dasbodh, was (re)discovered by Late Shri. Shankar Shrikrushna Dev, of Dhule in 1930."Samartha Vagdevata Mandir" is famous for its collection of ancient literature on the great Maharashtrian saint Samartha Ramdas Swami.

'Shivatharghal', where Samartha Ramdas Swami had wrote the great grantha 'Dasbodh'; this place (Shivatharghal - Near Mahad) was discovered by the wellknown historian Late Shree. Shankar Shrikrushna Dev of Dhule in 1930.

Agra road is the main street in the city where many important businesses/shops are located. Old Dhule or June Dhule is central place, Subhash Nagar is a business area with shops adjacent to Old Dhule.


Agra road in downtown Dhule on the eve of Lakshmipoojan, Diwali 2007
Pach-Kandil is the main whole sale market of fruits and vegetables on Agra Road, Pat-bazaar is one of the old vegetable markets near an old canal, which used to run along the river side in the past.

Other places of attraction are Tower Garden, Sambhaji Garden, Hanuman Tekdi, Nakane Talav (Lake supplying water to the city), Dedargaon Talav etc.

Nisargopchar Kendra, Dhule is situated on Malegaon Road at a distance 1.5 km from bus stand and Railway station. In the vicinity of this centre are Mehboob subhani shrine, Gurudwara, Vitthal temple, Dashera Maidan . Across the road is Gandhi Tatva Gyan Mandir (Gandhian Philosophy Centre) and Goshala founded by Vinoba Bhave in 1932.

There are a number of Jain temples in Dhule. One of them is the 115 year old temple of Shitalnath Bhgwan at sarafa bazar agra road. Dadawadi Jain temple is tallest temple of guru Jin Kushal Suri at Chalisgaon road.

Ekvira mata temple is very famous in Dhule.



Transport


The nearest international airport is Mumbai, though it also has its own domestic airport at Gondur (in dismal condition). Dhule also has a distinction of having railway terminus, which is connected to nearest railway junction at Chalisgaon.In few years, you will be able to travel from Mumbai to Delhi in 5 hours less than those required now, as Manmad-Dhule-Indore railway route has been sanctioned.

While this portion of Maharashtra is of no great significance from point of economics, the single most reason for importance of Dhule to India and Maharashtra is because of its geographical location for road transport industry. Dhule is the city from which the most strategic roads of India criss-cross each-other. This is the singular point for road transportation vis-a-vis to Bhusaval or Nagpur in case of Indian Railways. The national highway number 3, popularly known as Mumbai-Agra highway, virtually connects southern India with northern India. And the national highway number 6 on its part connects western India with eastern India.