Welcome to Wardha, a city located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Founded in 1866, the town is now an important center for cotton trade. Wardha gets its name from Wardha River which flows on the northern, western, and southern boundaries of the district. Wardha was an important part of the Gandhian era and is known for its rich history and diverse culture. Join us as we explore the many treasures of Wardha and reveal why this enchanting destination should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Wardha has a rich history dating back to the Mauryas, Shungas, Satavahanas, and Vakatakas. The period of the Vakatakas was from the 2nd to the 5th century CE. Wardha was ruled by the Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, the Delhi Sultanate, the Bahamani Sultanate, the Muslim ruler of Berar, Gonds, and Marathas. Raja Bakht Buland Shah of Gond Dynasty, Raghuji of Bhonsale were the prominent rulers in the Medieval period. During the 1850s, Wardha district (then a part of Nagpur district) fell into the hands of the British who included Wardha in the Central Province. In 1862, it was separated for convenient administrative purposes, and Kawatha near Pulgaon became the district headquarters. In 1866, the district headquarters was moved to Palakwadi village. The huts in the village were destroyed, and a new city was constructed by English town-planners Sir Bachelor and Sir Reginald Craddock. This new city was named Wardha after the river Wardha which flows through the district.
Wardha is located at 20.75°N 78.60°E / 20.75; 78.60. It has an average elevation of 234 m (768 ft). Wardha city is governed by a municipal council (category-A). According to the 2011 census, there are about 105,543 citizens within the municipal boundaries. Urbanization has helped develop neighboring villages including Sindi, Sawangi, Borgaon, Pipri, Mhasala, Nalwadi, and Chitoda. Wardha has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 76%. In Wardha, 11% of the population is under six years of age. Wardha is the largest city in the Wardha district.
The population of Wardha city constitutes Hindus and Buddhists with a small percentage of Muslims, Christians, Jains and Sikhs. The main spoken language is Marathi and other languages include: Hindi, Marwari, Gujarati, Sindhi, and Punjabi. There are many temples, viharas, gurdwaras, Jain temples, mosques, and churches which are important tourist places. Laxminarayan Temple (Bachchhraj Road), Lingi Mandir (Mahadeo Mandir) near Dr. Raosaheb Gade Bhavan, Vitthal Mandir (Hawaldwarpura), Ganesh Mandir (Main Road), Gajanan Maharaj Mandir, Sai mandir (M.G. Road), Digambar and Shwetambar Jain temples (Mahadeopura), Shanti Stupa (Gopuri), Gurudwara (Samtanagar), St. Thomas Church are some of the important places to visit in Wardha.
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