Native Land --- Wai , District Satara, Maharashtra
Wai is a town in Sātārā District in Mahārāshtra, India.
Wai has the epithetic name "Dakshin Kashi". In old times, it was known as Virat Nagari. Wai is known in Maharashtra for its ghats on the banks of the Krishna River and its temples, including especially the "Dholya Ganapati" temple on the "Ganapati Ghat".
Wai is also famous for film shootings (Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Tamil etc.). Films like Gangajal, Omkara, Dabbang, Swadesh, Ishqiya, Singham, Deool, Bol Bachchan,Zila Ghaziabad and many others.
Wai is located at a south of the city of Pune Wai is 35 km. from Satara, 95 km. from Pune, 250 km. from Mumbai. Wai is situated on the Mahad-Pandharpur State Highway. Wai is a major city on the way to the hill stations like Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. It is surrounded by the mountainous region of the Sahyādris; ("Dhom Dam" has been constructed in the vicinity of Wai).The boundaries of the taluka (sub-district) called Wai are as follows- to the east of Wai are the talukas of Khandala and Koregaon, to the west lies the taluke of Mahabaleshwar, the northern border abuts the Pune district and the north-west border is shared with the district of Raigad. South of Wai are the taluka of Jawali Taluka and Satara.
History of Satara district has followed a long and rich line of development. There are several great warriors, kings, saints and great personalities who have contributed to the rich heritage of the district. Inscriptions as old as 200 B.C reveal that probably the oldest known place in Satara district is Karad (mentioned as Karhakada). It is also believed that Wai in Satara district is the `Viratnagari` where the Pandavas of Mahabharat lived in the 13th year of their exile. The Mauryan Empire in the Deccan was followed by the rulers of the Satavahana dynasty for about two centuries (between 550 A.D. and 750 A.D.) Satara, as also the southern part of...