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Places to Visit
            

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

       Ajanta and Ellora are the pride of Maharashtra. The rock-cut caves of both these sites are world famous and illustrate the degree of skill and artistry that Indian craftsmen had achieved several hundred years ago. Ajanta dates from 100 B.C. while Ellora is younger by some 600 years. The village of Ajanta is in the Sahyadri hills, about 99 kms. From Aurangabad; a few miles away in a mammoth horseshoe-formed rock, are 30 caves overlooking a gorge, `each forming a room in the hill and some with inner rooms. Al these have been carved out of solid rock with little more than a hammer and chisel and the faith and inspiration of Buddhism. Here, for the Buddhist monks, the artisans excavated Chaityas (chapels) for prayer and Viharas (monasteries) where they lived and taught. Many of the caves have the most exquisite detailed carvings on the walls, pillars and entrances as well as magnificent wall paintings.

       The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jai temples.

       Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5 th and 11 th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29).The most imposing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world. Interestingly, Ellora, unlike the site of Ajanta, was never 'rediscovered'. Known as Verul in ancient times, it has continuously attracted pilgrims through the centuries to the present day.

Mumbai

        Mumbai is the city that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant, Fun -- this is Mumbai. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization. Once a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal.

        Over the years, as colonialism gave way to independence, Mumbai has transformed itself into an entity with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today's India -- the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values.

        This busy city is also the hub of a thriving cultural life, with a constant stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The seat of the Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, it produces the largest number of films in the world.

        There are so many places in Mumbai to visit. Some of them are Gateway of India, Mani Bhavan, Nehru Science Centre, Girgam and Dadar Choupati, Marine Lines, Haji Ali etc.

Shirdi

        Shirdi, 90 kms from Nashik is the abode of one of Maharashtra's most revered saint -- Sai Baba of Shirdi. Popularly known as the 'Child of God', Sai Baba preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood.

        There are other places of interest that devotees can visit as well including Dwarkamai -Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights. Near the mosque, in a corridor is the dhuni or eternal flame that burns day and night. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Khandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.

Mahabaleshwar

        Mahabaleshwar is Maharashtra’s most popular hill station, and once the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj. Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. Indeed, the place is great and bountiful, rewarding the visitor with a mix of old-world charm, natural beauty and modernity. Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. Mahableshwar is a great holiday destination throughout the year, except for the monsoon months i.e. from the late-June to mid-September period.

Other Places.......

        1. Caves – Elephanta (near Mumbai), Pitalkhora, Pandav Leni (Nashik), Aurangabad Caves etc.

        2. Forts – Devgiri (Doulatabad), Murud-Janjira, Raigarh, Sindhudurg, Panhala, Vijaydurg

 

Highlights
 
2 SOPs were org at wadange, Dis- Kolhapur on 25th and Khardi, Dis-Solapur on 26th of Mar 17. H’ble MLA Shri Prashant Paricharak was the chief guest in SOP, Khardi. Units organised various awareness activities on the occasion of PPI Day on 2nd and World Health Day on 7th. Also units publicised the SBM & IMPCC theme during routine activities. Total 87 Film shows, 50 Photo Exhibitions, 130 Spl. Programmes, 104 Oral Communication Programmes and 80 Feedback collected during the month. Total 54 villages covered during the month.
4 SOP were org. at Nagpur, Solapur, Nashik and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra on Handloom Day. Along with regular field activities, units organised various competitions, Camps, general health check up camps, lectures, local entertainment programmes and skits etc.. Units organised various awareness activities on the occassion of “Maan Ki Baat”. Total 02 Film shows, 06 Photo Exhibitions, 10 Oral Communication Programmes organized during the month. Total 04 villages covered during the month.
17 RMNCH+A progs were org at various identified dist in Maharashtra region. Sh Santosh Tarphe, MLA present for Sirsam prog. Sh Tanaji Mutkule, MLA present for Bhandegaon prog and Sh Haribhu Bagade, Chairman, Vidhansabha, Govt. of Mah. present for Chittepimpalgaon also ADG, DFP, Pune attended the prog. 3 SOPs were org upto 22 Mar 17 at various places in the region. The Swachh Shakti 2017 and Swachh Shakti Saptah 1-8/3/17 was publicised by the units during RMNCH+A and SOPs. Units also highlighted the IMPCC theme during the prog. Total 34 Film shows, 45 Photo Exhibitions, 7 Spl. Programmes, 196 Oral Communication Programmes and 224 Feedback collected during the month. Total 20 villages covered during the month.
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