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Palghar About this soundpronunciation ) is a town in Konkan division of Maharashtra state and a Municipal Council located about 87 kilometers north off Mumbai. Palghar lies on the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor. It is the administrative capital of the newly formed Palghar district. The town is located around 35 kilometers north of Virar and about 24 kilometers west of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway (NH 8) exit at Manor, India.

Palghar is located in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 19°41′N 72°46′E / 19.69°N 72.76°E / 19.69; 72.76Coordinates: 19°41′N 72°46′E / 19.69°N 72.76°E / 19.69; 72.76
CountryIndia India
 • TypeState Govt, Municipal Council
 • BodyPalghar Municipal Council (PMC)
 • Member of ParliamentRajendra Gavit (Shiv Sena)
 • MLAAmit Krushna Ghoda, (Shiv Sena)[1]
7 m (23 ft)
 • Total68,931
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code02525
Vehicle registrationMH-48


at the 2011 Census of India,[2] Palghar had a population of 68,930. Males numbered 36,523 (52.9%) and females 32,407 (47.1%). The literacy rate was 77.52%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; male literacy was 81.2% and female literacy 73.35%. 11.8% of the population was under 6 years of age.

The majority of population follows the Hindu religion with a significant numbers of Jains, Buddhists and Muslims, and small Christian and Sikh communities. Marathi is the most widely spoken language with Warli, Vadvali and Vanjari dialects. Small communities of Gujaratis and Muslims speak Gujarati and Urdu respectively.


Palghar is well connected via road and rail transport. Palghar acts as a divisional head of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, which provides direct connectivity to several towns across Maharashtra & Gujarat, including Surat, Vapi, Valsad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Anand, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Miraj, Pune, Vaduj, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Kalyan, Alibag, Nandurbar, Bhusaval, Shirdi, and Nashik.

Palghar is an important railway station on the Mumbai Suburban Railway. Along with Shuttle/Memu/EMU (local trains) services, many long distance trains also stop here.


On 1 August 2014, Palghar became the 36th district of Maharashtra. Its history is alternate with its old district Thane. Jawhar, Vasai and Palghar tehsils have a historical legacy. Vasai ( then known as Bassein ) was under the Portuguese empire. Chimaji Appa, the Maratha military commander later captured Vasai fort from the Portuguese and embedded the Maratha flag on Vasai. Palghar was the one of the important points in 1942 of the Chalejav campaign.

On 14 August 1942, there was an uprising against the British in Palghar, in which Kashinath Hari Pagdhare, Govind Ganesh Thakur, Ramprasad Bhimashankar Tiwari, Ramchandra Mahadev Churi, and Govind Sukur More were martyred. The main circle of Palghar is known as "Paachbatti" (which means 'five lights' in Marathi) in honor of these martyrs. The Paachbatti circle is situated very close to Palghar Railway Station, which also serves as a bus station.

14 August has been declared as "Martyrs Day" in Palghar and people gather at Paachbatti circle to honor the 5 Martyrs who sacrificed their life for the freedom of the country.

Palghar has an urban population of 1,435,210, thus about 48% of total population lives in urbanized area. Palghar is now become a new district after thane.


Bhandari, Warli (Adivasi), Katkari, Malhar Koli, Vanjari, Vadval, Mali(Sorathi) are the predominant castes in Palghar.

The Vanjaris have their roots in Chittodgad, Rajasthan and its said that they migrated for trade and to escape the Muslim invasions into Rajputana via sea routes to Murbe and then spread all over Palghar district. Their language is quite distinct from standard Marathi as it has high influence of Rajasthani and Gujarati.

Vadval is the most numerous community present in Palghar. They are said to be the descendants of Yadava dynasty of Devagiri who escaped from the Muslims and established themselves here. They form one of the very few Marathi-speaking communities which belong to Kshatriya varna but not the traditional 96-clan (96 - Kuli) Maratha caste.

Warli Painting and famous Tarapa dance features contribution towards art by the Warli community. Warli painting and art stretch back to a millennium. Warli art is also appreciated in foreign countries. Warlis represent the earliest settlers of the land around the present times and their culture has largely influenced the later cultures in and around the area.

The Koli (fishermen) community of Palghar is a reminder of the city's links with the Arabian sea. Fisheries form a large part of trade and diet of Palghar and also takes up major role in cultural events. The Kolis are further divided into subcastes such as Vaiti, Mangele, Bari, etc.

Art, crafts and tourismEdit

Antarang Sanskrutik Kala Darpan Pratishthan Saphale[3] is an NGO/Trust based in Saphale, working for the development of visual arts, performing arts and music, and for social and environmental issues.

Tourist attractions in the district include:


The economy of Palghar is largely primary and tertiary sector. The emergence of Boisar as an industrial town meant reduced industrialization of Palghar. Palghar being the seat of Taluka and District, has lots of government offices and people working there. Agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries are practiced in abundance in the rural areas around the city and fuel the economy of the city.

Palghar had also been a hub for wood smuggling in post-independence era, a practice which has been largely curbed by the Forest department and police. Other than wood, the secluded beaches were known to attract smugglers trying to offshore their goods and enter Mumbai by road to avoid customs.


The town has a number of schools and colleges. A number of construction projects have recently been started in the region. There is scope to set up more schools and colleges for the increasing resident population.

  • Sonopant Dandekar Arts, V.S. Apte Commerce & M.H. Mehta Science College Palghar[4]
  • St. John College of Humanities and Sciences [5]
  • St. John College of Engineering and Technology[6]
  • St. John Institute of Pharmacy and Research[7]
  • St.John College of Technical Institute
  • Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali
  • Anand Ashram English High School Palghar
  • Sundaram Central School & Junior College [CBSE] Palghar
  • Kenam English High School Palghar
  • Holy Spirit English High School Palghar
  • Twinkle Star English High School Palghar
  • Aryan High School Plaghar
  • Jeevan Vikas High School Palghar
  • Bhagini Samaj High School
  • Sir JP International school [ICSE]
  • Aryan English High School
  • Surya valley School
  • Yashwantrao Chaphekar Jr.College of Arts, Commerce & Science
  • Sacred heart English High School, Palghar
  • National College, Palghar


[ Palghar Sports Assocoation] Palghar Sports Association (PSA) is a Non-Government Sports Organisation registered with Charity Commissioner under BPT Act F/737/THANE and Societies Registration Act MAH/283/14/THANE. It is governed by an elected body for promotion of sports, fellowship and fitness for individual, families, schools, institutions and corporate bodies. For promotion of sports, Regular Camps are held to select talents and rigorous work out are given to make them champions. Schools and colleges are provided the association's infrastructure for sports and competitions. At the OUTDOOR, the athletes sweat at the 400 meter sprint, run between the wickets on the cricket pitch, kick goals at the football ground, dumk at the Basketball Court, rally at the Tennis Court or just jog on the open land. The drive and passion for Kho-Kho, Kabbadi makes it more enjoyable. The SWIMMING POOL with coolness, purity of water, soothes aches and pains and our rigorous workout for talents helps get medals for our country. At PSA fitness is an elixir for health. It adds years to your life. Its warmth and hospitality is a perfect ambience for fellowship, value added business deals and personal enhancement. Training is hard but pleasure and dedication makes it easy to reach great heights. Our Website: is basically a sports website in which we will provide arrangement for organizing different outdoor or indoor games like Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Football, Volleyball, Badminton, Swimming, Cricket, table tennis, Carom, atheletics,etc. "" is a website which brings technology and provide platform to the local talent in sports. Anybody who is interested in organizing a game can avail a membership on our website by registeration.

Cricket is the most popular sport in Palghar. Local tournaments are organized at various locations across the district. Tushar Chaudhari is a Cricketer from Palghar cricket club represented Palghar District Revenue team konkan Division in Maharashtra. Shardul Thakur is a cricketer from Palghar (Mahim) who plays for India, for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.

Aditya Tare is a wicket-keeper and a right-hand batsman from Palghar (Satpati village) who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.


  1. ^ "Shiv Sena Retains Palghar Assembly Seat".
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ "अंतरंग सांस्कृतिक कला दर्पण प्रतिष्ठान – रंग नवे… छंद नवे…!". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. ^ Sonopant Dandekar Arts, V.S. Apte Commerce & M.H. Mehta Science College Palghar
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  6. ^ St. John College of Engineering and Technology
  7. ^ St. John Institute of Pharmacy and Research Archived 21 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine