POPULARITY OF THE DISTRICT
district is a district of Maharashtra state in west-central India. Sangli city is the district headquarters. The district is 24.51% urban. Sangli and Miraj are the biggest cities in district.
The industrial town of Kirloskarwadi is also located in the Sangli District. Industrialist Laxmanrao Kirloskar started his first factory here. Kirloskarwadi is said to be one of the most beautiful industrial towns in India.
Kundal the region around Sangli (now village near Sangli up to 50 km) was the capital of the Chalukyas. Kundal is a pilgrimage centre for the Digambar Jains. Every year, thousands of Jains visit this place. The palace built by the Chalukyas. As per the inscriptions the Kundal was ancient village, it is 1600 years old. Kaundanyapur (old name), It was a part of Karnataka (present day Karad) province rule by the Chalukyas. There is a temple built in the memory of Maharaja Jaising. Pulakesi-I chose Vatapi (Badami in Karnataka) as his Capital.
Kundal is surrounded by hills, including Zari Parshwanath (the water from trough cascades near the idol of Mahaveer), has two caves which house the idol of Mahaveer and the images of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Samav Sharan (large open space on top of another hill) is considered holy by the Jains, they believe that Mahaveer gave sermons to his followers here.