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I am very glad to bring out the e-Book edition (CD Version) of the Parbhani District Gazetteer published by the Gazetteer department. This CD version is a part of a scheme of preparing compact discs of earlier published District Gazetteers.

Parbhani District Gazetteer was published in 1967. It contains authentic and useful information on several aspects of the district and is considered to be of great value of 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 modernisation, Information & Technology have become key-words. To keep pace with the changing need of hour, I have decided to bring out CD version of this edition with little statistical supplimentary and some photographs. I am sure; scholars and studious persons across the world will find this CD immensely beneficial.

I am thankful to the Hon. Minister, Shri. Ashok Chavan, Industries and Mines, Cultural affairs and Protocol and the Minister of State, Shri. Rana Jagjit Sinh Patil, Agriculture, Industries, Cultural affairs, Shri. Bhushan Gagrani, Secretary, Cultural affairs and Government of Maharashtra for being constant source of inspiration.


Place : Mumbai

Dr. Arunchandra S. Pathak

Date : 17th September 2006

Executive Editor and Secretary.



THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A SEPARATE, GAZETTEER OF THE PARBHANI DISTRICT is compiled. 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 die Government of Maharashtra (Shri D. R. Pradhan, T.C.S.).

Dr. S. G. Panandikar, retired Principal, Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Bombay.

Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. V. V. Mirashi, Nagpur.

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

Shri S. L, Karandikar, Poona.

Director of Archives, Government of Maharashtra, Bombay (Dr. M. G. Dixit).

Executive Editor and Secretary (Shri P. Setu Madhava Rao, M.A., I.A.S, (Retd.)).

My thanks are due to Dr. B. G Kunte, m.a., ph.D. (Economics), ph.D. (History), Joint Editor, for his thorough assistance throughout the work and who besides has contributed the chapter on History. My thanks are also due to Shri K. V. Yohannan, b.a.j ll.bv Superintendent, Shri D. C. Deo, m.a.j Shri K. K. Chaudhari, m.a., Shri V. N. Gurav, m.a., and Shri M. H. Ranade, b.a., Research Assistants, and other members of the staff for their valuable assistance in the preparation and publication of this Volume.

A draft copy of this Volume was sent to the Gazetteers Unit, Ministry of Education, Government of India and was returned with valuable suggestions which have been incorporated in the Volume. I am thankful to Dr. P. N. Chopra, m.a., ph.D., Editor, and the Compilers in the Gazetteers Unit, for their assistance and suggestions. The Government of India gives a grant-in-aid towards the cost of compilation and printing charges.

Shri J. W. D'Souza, Director, Government Printing, Stationery and Publications, Bombay, and Shri S. R. Desai, 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 work would have been difficult. To them all my thanks are due.

Bombay :

P. Setu Madhava Rao,

January 1967.

Executive Editor and Secretary.