Posted by : Prashant February 7, 2012
Basically Aurangabad and whole of Marathwada region was ruled by Mughals for about 350 years form 1600 A.D. till its Independence in 1950. Hence a fair influence of Mughals / Nizams can be seen in its language, culture and cuisines etc. Though a good number of Maharashtrian people live here, a clear touch of Hyderabadi Hindi can be noticed in the general communication of the masses. Similarly people generally favor Maharshtrain food but muglai cuisines also occupy a prominent place in the larger cooking menus. Recently due to Industrial expansion of the city, people from other regions have migrated to Aurangabad and there is a cultural mix in the society. We see people from many regional backgrounds coming to Aurangabad. Different festivals are organized by different societies. Aurangabad region was the center of Sikh, Buddhist, Muslims, Hindus and jains culture. Important Buddhist and jains sculptures and paintings can be seen in Ajanta and Ellora caves. There are important Hindu temples at Mahur, Paithan, Grishneshwar, Aundha, Parli and Ambejogai. Nanded hosts the Samadhi of Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singhji. Saint Samarth Ramdas belonged to Jalamb in Jalna District. Khultabad has the shrines of most famous sufi saints of Marathwada. Tomb of Moghul emperor Aurangzeb is also located in Khultabad.