My Three Favorite Villages In My Field Area, Maharashtra

by | Sep 26, 2018

During a year of working with Grassroutes Journeys, I got a chance to visit a lot of villages for work. While interacting with people there, we heard many interesting stories behind the names of these villages. Here are three of them that I liked the most:

Dehna is one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. It is located in Dolkhamb block of Shahpur Tehsil, approximately 110 km from Thane, Mumbai. A forest village on the foothills of Aja Parvat, it has three hamlets with a small population. Most of the people living there are Hindu Marathas, and all of them are really hospitable.

Dehne is a Marathi word that literally translates to bribe in English. The story of its name goes back to the days of Independence. There lived a farmer with his family who had once committed a crime, and the police were chasing him. The farmer bribed an inspector with this beautiful land to save himself from going to jail, hence the name ‘Dehna’. There are 40 houses in the village, which belong to the descendants of the same police officer.

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Purushwadi is the birth village of Grassroutes and can be called a hill station. It is located 12 km away from Rajur block of Akole Tehsil, approximately 220 km from Thane, Mumbai. The village got famous for its firefly festival, which is organized every year in the month of June. The tribe that lives there is known as Mahadeo Koli, some of the most crazy and smartest bunch of people.

The story of its name originated in 1970s. ‘Purush’ is the Hindi/Marathi term for ‘Men’, and ‘Wadi‘ means hamlet. People assumed that only men lived here, also because women in those times were restricted indoors, and hence hard to be seen. Another story is that the village was earlier known as Purunchwadi. The main hamlet is at a hilltop, and ‘Purunch’ is a Marathi word for an establishment at the top. Later, in 1970s, the government officials found it hard to pronounce it and changed the name to Purushwadi.

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

 

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Bajarwadi is a village located in Bhor Tehsil of Pune District, about 60 km away from the main city of Pune. Bajarwadi is home to 285 households of Hindu Maratha community. Grassroutes has been working here towards better livelihoods through tourism and training programs in association with Godrej & Boyce. It is also the base village for Rohida fort trek. In 17th century, during the reign of by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, it had served as a marketplace for warriors. Bajar is a Hindi/Marathi word for market and therefore, the name Bajarwadi.

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Vishal Blog

Stay in the loop…

Latest stories and insights from India Fellow delivered in your inbox.

6 Comments

  1. Pranoti Monde

    Such beautiful pictures and also knowing the history behind the names was so interesting !

    Reply
  2. UsmaChakma

    Hey, definitely coming to visit these places when you are still there.

    Reply
  3. Anupama Pain

    Very very beautiful

    Reply
  4. bhairav patil

    Nice, serene, rustic, bucolic villages ………..

    Reply
    • Asha keshavan

      Do they have any good place to stay overnight

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: