It is a Sangam of Rivers Krishna and Koyana. Most beutiful and surprising thing about this sangam is, both rivers originate from same place i.e. Mahabaleshwar and meet each other at Karad from front. This sangam is very rear in world. Also there is beautifull natural Ghat nearby sangam and temple of Gramdevi of Karad, Krishnamai. Now there is very good garden and its most visited tourist spot in Karad. Yashvantrao Chavan samadhi area.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Karad – 4 km from city
Karad has railway station and is onroute from Mumbai to Miraj, Sangli, Kolhapur, and Bangalore (some trains). You can reach Karad from Mumbai or Pune easily by road or rail (Mahalaxmi Express, Koyna Express, Sahyadri Express or Chalukya Express).
Nearest railway junction
Miraj – 72 km
All super-fast trains like the Karnataka Sampark Kranti, Deekshaboomi Express, Rani Chenama Express, Haripriya Express and Miraj Hubli Express stop at Miraj Junction. You can take private cars or MSRTC buses from Miraj to Karad. Travel time from Miraj to Karad is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Railway time table
|No.||Train No.||Train Name||Train Type||Day||Departure time|
|01||11023||Mumbai–Kolhapur||Sahyadri Exp.||Daily||02.55 am|
|02||11097||Pune–Ernakulam||Purna Exp.||Sun||03.30 am|
|03||11011||Kolhapur–Mumbai||Mahalaxmi Exp.||Daily||04.11 am|
|04||11017||Dadar–Yashwanpur||Chalukya Exp.||Ex. Wed||04.55 am|
|05||11035||Dadar–Mysore||Sharavati Exp.||Wed||04.55 am|
|07||16209||Ajmer–Mysore||Mysore Exp.||Mon, Sat||08.10 am|
|08||16505||Gandhidham–Bangluru||Bangluru Exp.||Wed||08.10 am|
|09||16507||Jodhpur–Bangluru||Bangluru Exp.||Fri, Sun||08.10 am|
|10||16531||Ajmer–Yashwanpur||Yashvanpur Exp.||Tue||08.10 am|
|11||11040||Gondia–Kolhapur||Maharashtra Exp.||Daily||09.18 am|
|12||12148||Nizmuddin–Kolhapur||Nizmuddin Exp.||Fri||01.08 pm|
|13||12782||Nizmuddin–Mysore||Swarnajayani Exp.||Tue||01.08 pm|
|15||11029||Mumbai–Kolhapur||Koyna Exp.||Daily||16.55 pm|
|16||12780||Nizmuddin–Vasco||Goa Exp.||Daily||08.20 pm|
|No.||Train No.||Train Name||Train Type||Day||Departure time|
|02||11030||Kolhapur–Mumbai||Koyna Exp.||Daily||10.45 am|
|03||12147||Kolhapur–Nizmuddin||Nizmuddin Exp.||Tue||11.40 am|
|04||12781||Mysore–Nizmuddin||Swarnajayani Exp.||Sat||11.40 am|
|05||16210||Mysore–Ajmer||Mysore Exp.||Wed, Fri||02.00 pm|
|06||16506||Bangluru–Gandhidham||Bangluru Exp.||Sun||02.00 pm|
|07||16508||Bangluru–Jodhpur||Bangluru Exp.||Tue, Thu||02.00 pm|
|08||16532||Yashwanpur–Ajmer||Yashvanpur Exp.||Sat||02.00 pm|
|09||11039||Kolhapur–Gondia||Maharashtra Exp.||Daily||05.10 pm|
|11||11018||Yashwanpur–Dadar||Chalukya Exp.||Ex. Thu||10.10 pm|
|12||11036||Mysore–Dadar||Sharavati Exp.||Thu||10.10 pm|
|13||11012||Mumbai–Kolhapur||Mahalaxmi Exp.||Daily||11.03 pm|
|14||12779||Vasco–Nizmuddin||Goa Exp.||Daily||11.45 pm|
|15||11098||Ernakulam–Pune||Purna Exp.||Tue||00.15 am|
|16||11024||Kolhapur–Mumbai||Sahyadri Exp.||Daily||01.25 am|
Born : 18 March 1946 (age 67) Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Political party : Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) : Satvasheela
Alma mater : BITS, Pilani University of California, Berkeley
Prithviraj Chavan (born 17 March 1946) is the 22nd and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a state in Western India. A member of the Indian National Congress party, he was chosen by its president Sonia Gandhi to replace Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in 2010, following the latter's involvement in the Adarsh scam. He was previously a member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the India's Parliament) and served as the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.
Prithviraj Chavan was born to politicians Anandrao alias Dajisaheb Chavan and Premalakaki Chavan. Dajisaheb was a Member of the Lok Sabha from the Karad consitiuency, who served as Minister in the cabinets of Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi. Upon Dajisaheb's death, Chavan's mother Premalakaki contested from her late husband's constituency and served in the same capacity for all consecutive terms till her death in 1991.
Chavan graduated in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote articles on computer science; engineering design; and also contribution to research in computerization.
Chavan started his political career in 1991, with his name being proposed by Mr. Hindurao Sakharam Jagtap (President Karad Taluka Youth congress Committee) in place of his mother, and won the family seat of Karad thrice, in '91, '96 and '98 and lost it in 1999.
He was the Minister of State for the ministries of Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and in charge of Prime Minister's Office. Earlier he was also the Minister Of State in charge of the Department Of Atomic Energy. He retained his image of "Mr. Clean" which fetched prestigious post of chief minister after departure of Ashok Chavan on account of Adarsh Scam. Barely days into his tenure as the Chief Minister Of Maharashtra, he, along with Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel, met Jairam Ramesh, the Minister for Environment And Forests and successfully convinced him to give the environmental clearance for the much delayed Navi Mumbai International Airport. He was instrumental in fostering establishment of Jaitapur Power Project through direct counseling of natizens. He has also announced reformations in higher and technical education in Maharashtra. The research at the University level has been promoted by providing enhanced Scholarships so that people can take up the work for full time. In the very first year, staunch steps to curb corruption in cooperative sector was taken by him through RBI by dissolution of Directorate of Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. He had also put down builder lobby having background of unfair practices in urban areas especially in Mumbai and Pune. Despite this, he has been widely criticized by his party fellows, allies and opposition for not taking decisions on developmental issues by keeping files unsigned ranging from Infra Projects, Toll Issues, Sports Awards to Agriculture & Industry policy related issues.
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav
Born : January 15, 1926Goleshwar, Karad Taluka, Satara District, Maharashtra, India
Died : August 14, 1984 (aged 58)
Occupation : Wrestler
Olympic medal record : Men's wrestling Competitor for India Bronze 1952 Helsinki Bantamweight
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav or KD Jadhav (15 January 1926 – 14 August 1984), widely known as 'Pocket Dynamo', was independent India's first individual Olympic medalist when he won the freestyle wrestling bronze medal at the 1952 Helsinki Games. Since 1900 when Norman Pritchard won two silver medals in athletics, India had won gold medals only in field hockey, a team sport. For nearly half a century, his would remain the only individual medal for India at the Olympics until Leander Paes won a bronze in 1996. Hailing from a wrestling background, Jadhav was an ardent fan of sports, mainly wrestling, kabaddi, running, swimming and others. His father, a wrestler himself taught Jadhav about the sport and despite being the youngest in the family managed to grasp the game and outclassed everyone. Gradually he began emerging as undisputed wrestler in the area and soon was competing in national events.
Jadhav was fleet footed, which made him different from other wrestlers of his time. English coach Rees Gardner saw this trait in him and trained him prior to 1948 Olympic games.
In the 1948 London Olympics, he participated in the flyweight category finishing sixth. Four years later, before the selection for Helsinki Olympics, Jadhav alleged that nepotism among officials prevented him from getting selected for the Olympics. According to him, they intentionally gave him one point less than the eventual winner at the Madras Nationals, and this ruled him out of the Olympics. He did not bow down to corrupt officialdom and appealed to Maharaja of Patiala seeking justice. Fortunately the Maharaja of Patiala loved sports, saw his point, and arranged his entry in Olympic trials where he floored his opponent and won an entry in the Olympics. For the 1952 Games he and his family went around the village begging for contributions to enable him to flirt with destiny.Khardikar, principal of the Rajaram College, where Jhadhav studied, mortgaged his home for Rs 7,000 to send his former student to the Olympics. Despite repeated requests to Morarji for only Rs 4000, there was no help forthcoming from any quarter."He would have easily won the gold at Helsinki," said Sampat Rao Jhadhav, his cousin who was with Khashababhau when he left for Helsinki to compete in the bantamweight category."It was difficult for him to adjust to the mat surface. After two rolling fouls he missed out on the gold medal which was his for the taking. (The gold was won by Japan's Ishii Shobachi while Russia's Rashid Mamedekov clinched the silver.) Moreover, there was no interval between the two bouts and to fight with two world class wrestlers without appropriate rest was more than a Herculean effort," added Rao.But an Olympic medal is an Olympic medal. And a first is always special. The victory procession at the Karad railway station was a see-it-to-believe scene recalls Rao."There were dhols along with a 151 bullock cart procession right from the outskirts of Goleshwar to the Mahadeva temple which is normally a 15 minute walk. It took seven long hours that day and no one was complaining. We have not seen joyous scenes like that either before or after that day. There was a feeling of pride and every villager was basking in that moment of glory. Khashababhau brought the small village of Goleshwar, earlier a dot on the map, to the fore. The whole world knew and recognised Goleshwar as the village which gave India its first-ever Olympic champion."
Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan
Born : 12 March 1913 Devrashtre, British Raj (now India)
Died : 25 November 1984 (aged 71) New Delhi, India
Political Party : Indian National Congress (Before 1977; 1981–1984)
Other Political Affiliations : Indian National Congress-Urs (1977) Janata Party (1977–1978) Indian National Congress-Socialist (1978–1981)
Spouse(s) : Venutai Chavan Alma Mater : University of Mumbai
Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan (12 March 1913 – 25 November 1984) was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the division of Bombay State and the fifth Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was a strong Congress leader, Co-operative leader, social activist and writer. He was popularly known as Leader of Common People. He advocated social democracy in his speeches and articles and was instrumental in establishing co-operatives in Maharashtra for the betterment of the farmers.
Yashwantrao Chavan was born in a Maratha_Hendre Patil family on 12 March 1913 in the village of Devrashtre in Satara District (now in Sangli District) of Maharashtra, India. He lost his father in his early childhood and was brought up by his uncle and mother. His mother taught him about self-dependency and patriotism. From his childhood he was fascinated by the freedom struggle of India. Despite the adverse family situation.
Chavan was an active participant in the struggle for independence of India. In 1930, he was fined for his participation in the Non-cooperation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi.During this period he came in contact with Swami Ramanand Bharti,Dhulappa Bhaurao Navale,Gaurihar(Appasaheb) Sihasane V.S.Page & Govind Kruparam Wani. There friendship lasted forever. In 1932, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for hoisting the Indian flag in Satara.
Chavan obtained his B.A. in history and political science from Bombay University in 1938. In this period, he was involved in many social activities and was closely associated with the Congress party and its leaders, such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Keshavrao Jedhe. In 1940, he became President of Satara District Congress. In 1941 he passed his LLB. In 1942, he married Venutai at Phaltan in Dist Satara.
He was one of the delegates at the Bombay session of the A.I.C.C. in 1942 that gave the call for Quit India and he was subsequently arrested for his participation in the movement. Chavan was finally released from jail in 1944.
Death : Yashwantrao Chavan died of a heart attack on 25 November 1984 in Delhi. He was 71. He was cremated in Karad with full state honours on 27 November
Literature : Yashwantrao Chavan took a keen interest in literature. He established the Marathi Sahitya Mandal and supported the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan(Conference). He was very closely associated with many poets, editors and several Marathi and Hindi writers. He initiated compilation of Marathi Vishwakosh (a Marathi language encyclopedia). For this, he nominated Lakshman Shastri Joshi as a chairman. He had planned to write his autobiography in three parts. The first part covers his early years in Satara district. Since his native place is situated on the banks of Krishna River he named the first volume as "Krishna Kath". His years as the Chief Minister of the bilingual Bombay state and later as that of the newly formed Maharashtra state were spent in Mumbai and so the proposed name for the second volume was "Sagar Tir". Later in 1962 he was appointed Defence Minister of India by Nehru. From then on he was in Delhi until his death in 1984; so he had proposed the name "Yamuna Kath" for his third volume. He was able to complete and publish only the first volume.
Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishtan (Foundation) : In 1985, Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishtan (Foundation) was established in Mumbai. The objective of setting up the Foundation was to "perpetuate his memory by acknowledging his rich, outstanding and valuable contribution to society and democratic institution and development process in India's socio-political life and to undertake activities and programme particularly for the elevation of common man and promote his cherished ideas nurtured in freedom struggle and thereby strengthening Socio-economical fiber of India."
In 2010, The Pratishtan instituted a corpus at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) for the conduct of an annual Y B Chavan Memorial lecture. Y B Chavan was the founding President of IDSA. The inaugural lecture in 2010 was given by Prof. Sunil Khilnani. The 2011 lecture was given by Prof. Kanti Bajpai, and the 2012 lecture by Ambassador Kanwal Sibal.
Places named after Yashwantrao Chavan : In 1984, an engineering college named Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering was established in Nagpur. In 1989, an open university named 'Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University' was established at Nasik in Maharashtra. The expressway between Pune and Mumbai is named after him as are the auditoriums in the Kothrud suburb of Pune and at Nariman Point in Mumbai
Proposed Karad District
The Satara District is under proposal to be divided and a separate Karad District be carved out of existing Satara district with the inclusion of Karad and Patan as well as talukas of Walwa, Kadegaon and Shirala from neighbouring Sangli district in the proposed Karad district.
It was originally known as "Karhatak", which means elephant market. Karad is a historical city, according to epic Mahabharata, Sahadeva one of the Pandavas lived in the city also known to be pious as Lord Rama stepped his feet on this land. South west of town has Karad Caves.
Karad is also known for some Mughal-age architecture like the twin minarets of the Jama Masjid mosque that is located in the heart of the town. It was also meeting point of Haji holy pilgrim "Haj" in the Mughal period (1526–1857).
The first capital of the Shilaharas was probably at Karad during the reign of Jatiga-II as known from their copper plate grant of Miraj and Vikramankadevacharita of Bilhana. Hence sometimes they are referred as 'Shilaharas of Karad'. The capital was later shifted to Kolhapur. Among the Silaharas of Kolhapur who ruled over Satara and Belganv districts from 1000 to 1215 A. D., Gonka deserves mention here, as he is described as the Lord of Karhad (Karad), Mairifvja (Miraj) and Konkan.
In the period of HINDU-Muslim riots (1993, mumbai blast-babri demolition), karad was designated as 2nd most sensitive city in maharashtra, after mumbai.
Karad is a city in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It lies at the confluence of Koyna River and the Krishna River. The two rivers originate at Mahabaleshwar, which is around 100 km from Karad. They diverge at their origin, and travel for about the same distance to meet again in Karad. The rivers meet exactly headon, thus forming letter "T". Their confluence is called Preeti Sangam, meaning Lovely Meeting. Karad is well known for sugar production and is known as the sugar bowl of Maharashtra owing to the presence of many sugar factories in and around Karad. It has many prestigious Educational Institutes such as Government College of Engineering, Government College of Pharmacy and the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Hotels such as Hotel Sangam.
Karad is located at 17.28°N 74.2°E. It has an average elevation of 566 metres (1856 feet). Karad is located near Agashiva 17.237506°N 74.15205°E. It has been referred in great epic Mahabharata. It has the shape of an "Aum" (Devanagari?) when viewed aerially.
Karad has strong influence over politics of Maharashtra.Yashvantrao Chavan who was the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra and later served as Deputy Prime Minister of India was from Karad. The present Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan also hails from Karad. He started his political career in 1991, and won the LokSabha seat of Karad constituency, in '91, '96 and '98 but lost it in 1999. Later he was elected to RajyaSabha.
Karad city was recently awarded a prize under "Sant Gadagebaba Gramswachatta Abhiyan" started by Indian Government.