Amravati is one of the well known cities in the state of Maharashtra in India. Amaravati is in the right centre of the northern border of the Maharashtra State. Lying at the Tapi basin, the city's main productions are cotton, jawar and tur (lentil) and oranges. Amravati is growing rapidly in terms of living quality. New flyovers and roads are being built to renovate the city, and other improvements like new traffic signals are underway under IRDP implemented by government of Maharashtra.The town is located near the passes through the hills that separate the cotton-growing regions of the Purna basin to the West and the Wardha basin to the East. Amravati is a growing industrial center, with cotton mills as an important industry.
Amravati is believed to be the city of Lord Indra, the king of all gods. The city has two historical temples of the Goddess Ambadevi and Goddess Ekvira Devi. These two temples of goddess Amba & Ekvira devi are the very famous spiritual places in Amravati.
Navaratri festival is celebrated with a great pomp and show every year. The temples of Ambadevi and Ekvira devi are illuminated and lacs of devotees visit the temple and offer their prayers. On the occasion of Navratri a big fair “Yatra” is organized for 9 days and people from all near by towns and cities visit the fair. Elders tell that when Lord Krishna eloped with Rukhamini from her wedding ceremony, he used an underground tunnel laying from Amba Devi temple to Koundynapur- another spiritual place, near Amravati. This tunnel is still exists and is now closed. It is said that famous freedom fighter Bhagat singh was hiding for 3 days in Amravati during his underground tenure and he frequently visited Hanuman Akhada (A Gym) during that time.
The current President of India is Hon’ble Mrs. Pratibatai Patil belongs to Amaravati. Born on December 19, 1934, in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, Pratibatai Patil practised as a lawyer before joining politics. She married Amaravati based Educationist by profession Dr. Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat on July 7, 1965. Shekhawat had been a mayor of Amravati city. A social worker by profession, Mrs. Patil is associated with various cultural, educational and social welfare organizations. Together, with her husband, she set up an educational institute, Vidya Bharati Shikshan Prasarak Mandal at Amaravati. Pratibhatai Patil joined politics at an early age, and won her first elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1962. At the age of 27, she was among the youngest MLAs at the time. She was a member of Maharashtra Assembly from 1962 to 1985 during which she was a minister holding portfolios like urban Development and Housing, Education, Tourism, Parliamentary Affairs, Public Health and Social Welfare, Cultural Affairs, working her way up from the rank of deputy minister to Cabinet as also in Congress hierarchy. In 1985 she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. She was Maharashtra Congress chief from 1988 to 1990 before being elected to Lok Sabha from Amravati in 1991. It was in November 2004 that the Congress leadership recalled her to become the governor of Rajasthan. Now, Pratibhatai Patil is the “First Woman President of India”.