History of SANGLI
do not find any direct references of Sangli before 1801. Historical references since 1024
show areas called Mirinch i.e presently Miraj and Karhatak i.e. Karad
under the areas rules by Gonk a Shilahar king and sangli
was included in these areas. The first clear and direct refernce to sangli can be found in
the sankrit poem Shiv-Bharat . During the time of Shivaji Maharaj, his
courageous Sarnoubat Netaji Palkar captured Sangli, Miraj and Brahmnal from
the Adilshah in 1659. In the times of Peshwas, Indroji Kadam and later Sardar
Patwardhan became the 'Jahagirdar' of this region.
There are several interesting stories as to how the name Sangli originated. One of them is that, there were six (6) Gallies i.e. lanes on the bank of the Krishna River hence the name "SANGLI". The second one is that, the name of the village was Sangalki in Kannad language so in Marathi it became SANGLI. Another belief is that the confluence of Warna and Krishna rivers is near Sangli village. The word for confluence in Marathi is 'Sangam' and the SANGLI is the distorted version of the word Sangam.
Till 1801, Sangli was included in Miraj Jahagir. The First Chintamanrao Appasaheb Patwardhan established a different principality with Sangli as the Capital city. An interesting fact was that in 1768, Haripur a nearby village was bigger than Sangli having population of 2000, whereas Sangli had population of 1000 only.
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