I am very glad to bring out the e-book edition ( C.D.Version) of the Osmanabad District Gazetteer published by the Gazetteers Department. This C.D. version is a part of scheme of preparing Compact Discs of earlier published District Gazetteers.

Osmanabad District Gazetteer was published in 1972. It contains authentic and useful information on several aspects of the district and is considered to be of great value to administrators, scholars and general readers, The copies of this edition are now out of stock. Considering its utility, therefore, need was felt to preserve this treasure of knowledge. In this age of modernization, information and technology have become key words. To keep pace with the changing need of the hour, I have decided to bring out C.D. version of this edition with little statistical supplementary and some photographs. I am sure; scholars and studious persons across the world will find this C.D. immensely beneficial.

The present Latur District was formerly the part of Osmanabad district. Therefore, this e-book also contains information and photographs related to Latur District.

I am thankful to the Honourable Minister, Shri. Ashok Chavan, Industries and Mines, Cultural Affairs and Protocol and Minister of State, Shri. Rana Jagjitsinh Patil, Agricultural, Industries, Cultural Affairs, Shri. Bhushan Gagrani, Secretary Cultural Affairs & Tourism Department, Government of Maharahstra for being constant source of inspiration.

Dr. Arunchandra .S. Pathak
1th August 2006
Executive Editor and Secretary.


THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A SEPARATE GAZETTER OF THE OSMANABAD DISTRICT HAS BEEN COMPLETED. The volume has been prepared by the Gazetteers Department, Government of Maharashtra, under the guidance of an Editorial Board. The following are the present members of the Editorial Board:-

Chief Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra (Shri L.G. Rajwade, I.C.S).

Shri. G.A. Shrama, I.A.S., Director, Administrative Staff College, Bombay.

Shri. P.Setu Madhav Rao, M.A., I.A.S., (Retd.).

Mahamahopadhyaya Dr.V.V. Mirashi, Nagpur.

Dr. S.M.Katre, Director, Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Poona.

Dr. C.D. Deshpande, Head of the Geography Department, University of Bombay.

Editor, Central Gazetteers Unit, Ministry of Education Government of India, New Delhi (Dr. P.N.Chopra).

Executive Editor and Secretary [Dr. B.G.Kunte, M.A., PhD. (Economics), Ph.D.(Histroy)].

My thanks are due to Shri K.K.Chaudhari, M.A., Joint Editor and Dr.V.N.Gurav, M.A., Phd., Statistical Officer for their valuable assistance throughout the work. My thanks are also due to Shri.M.H.Ranade, B.A., on deputation to Government of Goa, Daman and Div as Research officer; Shri P.N. Narkhade,; Smt. N.S. Alawani, B.A.; Shri S.K. Khilare, B.Com., LL.B.; Miss M.N.Dharkar, M.A.; Smt. A.S. Deshmukh, and Shri V.B. Sangrulkar who are all the members of the Research staff for their assistance in the preparation and publication of the Volume. I am also thankful to Shri K.V.Yohannan, Compiler and the members of the other staff, viz., Shri V.J. Gaichor, Assistant, Shri G.M.Narkar, Senior Clerk, Smt.S.M.Nirgude, Shri S.G. Shetye, Shri G.N.Parab, Shri A.M.Bhabal, Miss S.N.Gadre and Miss P.S.Marathe (clerk-typists), Shri K.N.Parab (Daftari), Shri B.G.Shinde (Naik) and Sarvashri L.N.Twade, P.G. Dhadve, S.N. Parab and K.A.Tambe ( Peons) for their association in the preparation pf this volume.

I will be failing in my duty , if I do not express my thanks to Dr.P.N.Chopra, M.A., Ph.D., Editor, Central Gazetteers and the staff of the Central Gazetteers Unit, Union Ministry of Education, New Delhi, for their effective role in planning and co-ordinating the work of preparation of the District Gazatteers. The Unit scrutinized the draft of this Volume with great care and made several helpful suggestions with a view to improving the standard and quality of the publication. It may also be mentioned here that the Government of India pays a sum of Rs.44,000 towards the compilation and Rs.16,000 towards the printing cost of each of the district volumes, which forms a portion of the expenditure incurred on the compilation and printing of the District gazetteer.

Shri B.W.Kahdilkar, Director, Government Printing, Stationery and Publications, Bombay, Shri S.A.Sapre, Deputy Director and Shri R.B.Alva, Manager , Government Press and Book Depot, Nagpur also deserve my thanks for the execution of the printing work of this Volume.

Many are the officials and non-officials who helped by supplying information on various points without whose help the execution of this work would have been difficult. To them all my thanks are due.

October 2, 1972
Executive Editor and Secretary.
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