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Paithan
 

Formerly known as Pratishthana, Paithan is an ancient town located 56 km south of Aurangabad, on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. It was the capital of the Satvahana dynasty from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD. This pilgrim center has the shrine of 'Sant Eknath' dedicated to saint Eknath Maharaj and the 'Paithan fair' celebrated here attracts large crowds. 

Paithan is also famous for its beautiful 6-yard Paithani silk saris with elaborate zari borders, which are woven with pure silk yarn and gold thread (drawn from pure gold). One can visit the Paithani saree kendra also known as 'Saat Bungalow' which is run by the Maharashtra State Small Scale Industries Corporation (MSSSIC). Other attractions of the place are Paithan garden or Saint Dnyaneshwar garden with dancing fountains; Paithan dam alias Jayakwadi dam constructed over the river godavari and the rock carved pillar named Tirthkhamb or Vijaystambh.


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