Nanded is the second-largest city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. It is famous for its Gurudwara, ancient forts, street food and unique saucer-shaped boats. The city boasts of an exciting blend of the old form with the modern. It has so much historical importance and is home to the Sikh Gurudwara and several Sufi shrines as well. In addition to being a sacred city, Nanded has also emerged as a promising commercial sector in the state. It has several industries, most of which are agriculture or manufacturing-based. Be sure to indulge in the street food and saucer-shaped boat rides while in Nanded.
Nanded is a historic city whose name is believed to have originated from the Nandi, Lord Shiva’s vehicle of consciousness. Lord Shiva is also believed to have performed penance on the banks of River Godavari that flows in the Nanded region. The historic city is also very rich in natural resources such as granite, calcium, magnesium and limestone. It acts as a centre of governance as well as a market town for its surrounding agricultural regions. Popular crops grown in this region include cotton, sugarcane, soya beans, sorghum and bananas. Nanded also has a regional cotton research centre that supports the cotton-growing industry in this region.
In addition to being a tourist spot, Nanded has also grown as an educational hub in the Marathwada region. The city is also famous for its Gurudwara that draws lakhs of Sikhs from all across the world. The Gurudwara is regarded as Nanded’s biggest attraction. The presence of one of the five Takthas of Sikhs, Hazur Sahib, make Nanded the second holiest city among the Sikhs. Another popular tourist attraction is the Kaleshwar Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kandahar, Kunthaligiri and Dharur are ancient forts that draw tourist crowds as well.
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