Pravara On River Godavari


Pravara River is an important river in the western parts of Maharashtra. It is one of the main tributaries of the Godavari River. Indian mythology has said that, once Sage Agastya meditated by consuming only water and air for a long tenure. Due to his incredible devotion, Lord Shiva appeared, blessed him, and left a stream of Ganga that is now known as Pravara River. Wilson Dam, also known as Bhandardara Dam, is the major irrigation project on the Pravara River. Bhandardara and Agastya Rishi Ashram are some of the attraction on the banks of Pravara River.

Legends have it that, once Sage Agastya meditated by consuming only water and air for a long time. Due to his tremendous devotion, Lord Shiva appeared and blessed him and left a stream of Ganga - now known as Pravara River.Wilson Dam, also known as Bhandardara Dam, is the major irrigation project on the river. Bhandardara and Agastya Rishi Ashram are some of the attraction on its banks.

Location info:

Address: western parts of Maharashtra,India
Nearest City:Pune,Nahik
Best time to visit: October to March


High of 40° C and low of 7° C


The Pravara rises on the eastern slopes of the Sahayadris between Kulang and Ratangad. After the sinuous course of twelve miles in an easterly direction, near the village Ranad, it falls into rocky chasm 200 feet deep,and then winds for eight miles through a deep narrow glen which opens wider valley east of and below the central plateau on which the town of Rajur stands. Total Length of Pravara is 120 miles. The Dam Bhandardara is constructed across the river at Bhandardara, near by are the Randha falls.

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Godavari, worshipped as a holy river, has been the cradle for several cities in Maharashtra and Andhrapradesh like Triambakeshwar, Nasik, Koppargav, Nanded, Bhadrachala, Godavarikhani, Rajamundhri, Kovvoor, Thallapudi, and Narsapur. 12 jyotirlingas of SriParameswara, hailed in the puranas, is believed to be in the Triambakeshwar Temple. Nasik is the venue of one of the four celebrated Kumbh Melas. Nanded is the seat of Taqth Sri Husoor Saheb, one of the most important holy places of Sikhism. SriRama temple of Bhadrachala too is very famous.

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The Adhula rises in north of Akole on the Slopes of Patta and Mahakali.It flows for fifteen miles in an easterly direction between two ranges of hills which encloses the Samsherpur valley ;then falling into the rocky chasm some 150 feet deep it winds between rugged and precipitous hill-sides for couple of miles,when ,debounching in to the plain of Sangamner,it turns south and falls into the Pravara three miles west of the town of Sangamner.

The Mahalungi rises on the southern and eastern slopes of Patta and Aundha.After the course of three miles it passes east into the Sinnar subdivision of Nashik.It reenters Ahmendagar after taking bend to south.

The Mula rises on the eastern slopes of the Sahaydris between Ratangad and Harichandragad.for first twenty miles it flows parallel to Pravara draining the southernmost or Kotul valley of Akole subdivision.Passing the town of Kotul it takes a bend to Baleshvar.It then crosses through Sangamner ,Parner . The Dam Mula is constructed across the river at Baragaon Nandur.

The Dhora rises on the slopes of the hills east of the town of Ahmendagar.It flows north-easterly ,draining Shevgaon and part of Newasa.

The Bhima river drains the whole of the southern portion of the district ,comprising the greater part of the Parner and Nagar subdivisions,the whole Shrigonda and Karjat ,and nearly the whole of Jamkhed.

The Sina has two chief sources ,one near Jamgaon fourteen miles west of the town of Ahmendagar, near, Jeur ten miles to the north-east. The town of Ahmednagar is built on left bank of the river ,which there takes south-easterly course .Leaving the district boundary it enters Solapur and ultimately falls into the Bhima .

The western hilly part of Ahmednagar district has forests. Teak, babul, dhavada, haldu and neem are trees found in these forests. Fruit trees like Mango, Tamrind, Amala, Bor are also found in the district.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Ahemednagar railway station
Nearest Airport:Pune airport
Road Transport:Ahemednagar to Pune Rod by buse

Nearest Visiting places:

Shani Shingnapur:
Shani Shingnapur is situated in Ahamadnagar District. A Jagrit Sthan of Sri Shanidev known far & wide for two phenomena.There is neither any image nor deity nor any temple. Only a stone pillar which is supposed to embody the image is worshipped with deep respect & reverence.

Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nasik:
Trimbakeshwar Temple in NasikShri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 30-km from Nasik in Maharashtra near the mountain named Brahmagiri from which the river Godavari flows. Trimbakeshwar Temple is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva and as the source of the river Godavari. Just as Ganga is known as Bhagirathi and is one of the most important river in North India, in the same way, Godavari is also known as Gautami Ganga and is the most sacred river in South India.

Ellora Caves:
The Ellora caves, locally known as ‘Verul Leni’ is located on the Aurangabad-Chalisgaon road at a distance of 30 km north-northwest of Aurangabad, the district headquarters. The name Ellora itself inspires everyone as it represents one of the largest rock-hewn monastic-temple complexes in the entire world. Ellora is also world famous for the largest single monolithic excavation in the world, the great Kailasa (Cave 16). The visit to these caves is enjoyed maximum during monsoon, when every stream is filled with rainwater, and the entire environ is lush green. The monsoon is not only a season of rains in this part, the local visitors are attracted to visit these ideal locations to have a glimpse of the mother nature in full bloom.

Ajanta Caves:
AJANTA is world's greatest historical monument recognised by UNESCO far near from Jalgaon city of Maharashtra, India. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. These caves were discovered in AD 1819 and were built up in the earlier 2nd century BC-AD. Most of the paintings in Ajanta are right from 2nd century BC-AD and some of them about the fifth century AD and continued for the next two centuries. All paintings shows heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique.

Bhavani was the tutelary deity of Maharaja Shivaji the valiant Maratha ruler and is held in great reverence throughout the state of Maharashtra. Bhavani is considered to be an embodiment of the ugra or ferocity, as well as a Karunaswaroopini - filled with mercy.

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Pravara Petrol Pump:Loni, Ahmadnagar, Maharashtra


Hotel Chanakya:Ahmednagar, Maharashtra,India

Hotel Shabari:Nashik-Pune Road Sinnar, Nashik,Maharashtra,India

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:
Malhotra Hospital:Waryam Nagar Vasant Vihar Road, Jalandhar,Maharashtra,India
Vishwamangal& Panchkarma Hospital:Ahmadnagar,Maharashtra,India
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