Paithan (Paiṭhaṇ) About this soundpronunciation (help·info), formerly Pratiṣṭhāna, is a town with municipal council in Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India. It was the capital of the Satavahana dynasty, which ruled from the second century BCE to the second century CE. It is one of the few inland towns mentioned in the famous first-century Greek book, the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.

Paithan is located 56 kilometres (35 mi) south of present-day Aurangabad on the Godavari River. Mungi Village, Paithan was the birthplace of Nimbarka, the founder of the Nimbarka Sampradaya tradition of Vaishnavism. Paithan was also the home of the great Marathi saint Eknath; people flock yearly to his shirne during the time of the Paithan yatra, also known as the Nath Shashti. Paithan is also a famous Digambar Jain atishay kshetra. A beautiful Black coloured Sand Idol of 20th Jain Tirthankar, Bhagwan Munisuvratnath is installed in temple here.

Paithan is mostly famous today for its saris — the Paithani beautiful silk saris that sport intricately embroidered gold or silver borders. The city is home to many noted personalities like Shankarrao Chavan, Yogiraj maharaj Gosavi, Balasaheb Patil. Dnyaneshwar Udyanat Paithan is developed on the lines of Brindavan Gardens, Mysore.

Paithan is a Taluka city in Aurangabad District that is part of Marathwada region of Maharashtra state. Paithani is located at around 56km south of Aurangabad on the banks of Godavari River. It known in the ancient times as ‘Pratishthan’ was capital city of Satvahan dynasty and major hub of commerce at that time. Paithan is also the birthplace of Sant Eknath – one of the greatest saints of Maharashtra.Great sant Dnyaneshwar made vedamantras to be spoken from the mouth of malebuffalow thereby showing vedas are not soleright of brahmins anybody can go for them.

Today’s Paithan has fewer but definite signs of the old glory it once carried. Recently Archeological Survey of India found remnants from 1st and 2nd Centuary around Paithan.


Eknath Maharaj Temple Shrine of Sant Eknath that devotees flock during Nath-Shashthi.

Paithani Kendra Paithani silk saris are renowned with exquisite zari borders. A visit to the weavers workshop is fascinating and one can order a customised saree as well.

Nathsagar dam‘- Dam on River Godavari – Largest river in Southern India. The reservoir is called Nath Sagar.

Jayakwadi bird Sanctuary has attracted many species of resident and migrant birds. Almost 200 species of birds can be found in this region, which includes more than 70 species of migratory birds. Out of these, 45 chief species are of international migration. Notable amongst migratory birds are Cranes, Flamingos, Pintails, Wigeon, Shoveller, Brahmany Duck, Pochards, Teals, God Wit, Shauces, Glossy Ibis, etc.

Jnyaneshwar Watika – built on the lines of the famous Vrindavan Gardens in Mysore, Pinjore in Haryana and the Shalimar in Kashmir. The musical fountain show is noteworthy. Do not miss the Museum that houses remnants found in the excavation done around Paithan. It is located at the far end of the garden