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Sights of Uran

Uran is a city and a municipal council near Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. URAN : Name of the Goddess "Uranavati", it has been variously called Urvaritavan (in ancient times), Uruvan (during Peshva Madhavrao's reign) and Ooran by British & the Portuguese. Mauryas, Chalukyas, Yadavas, Shilahars, Nagarshah, Portuguese, Marathas & British have ruled over Uran through the centuries.

 

Uran is part of the Navi Mumbai city township and lies in the Raigarh district near Panvel and Karjat. Situated east of Mumbai across the Thane Creek. Uran is primarily a fishing village which has developed into a special economy zone. It has ample industries, namely JNPT, P&O and other shipping companies, GTPS, MSEB (Asia's first power plant run by gas), and ONGC.

Uran has a naval base near Mora Gaon Mora. Locals claim that the base has stifled the growth of the town, due to sea travel restrictions imposed by the Indian Navy. Besides the naval base, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has an Oil and Gas plant nearby. The outskirts of town are largely rural, remaining among the few places within the Navi Mumbai city limits untouched by the modernity of the central city.

As of 2001 India census[2], Uran had a population of 23,254. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Uran has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 75%. In Uran, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age

The famous Ratneshwari temple is located in Jaskhar village of Uran taluka. At one time, Uran was naturally a Taluka, but in last 10-15 years, population has increased majorly, and Uran is quickly losing its charm.  The Mankeshvar beach has the Mankeshvar temple of god Shiva. ONGC as the name suggests has the ONGC gas plant yhere. Pirvad is like the Juhu beach of mumbai and is very crowed in the evening times.

 

Apart from beaches there are the two Swayanbu (naturally originated idol of the god) Ganpati temples at a places called Vinayaka and Karanja respectively. Both these temples are not unfortunately not very famous (as Uran is not very famous), but the locals compare them with the Ashta Vinayak temples. Apart from these the Karnala bird sanctuary and Karvana Fort are 30 mins drive from Uran. 
Now for the guide lines for reaching to Uran:- -It is 60 kms by car from Mumbai (60-90 mins drive)
-Nearest Railway Station is Panvel (Panvel to uran is 15 Kms) -Launches (ie via boat) are available from Bhau Cha Dhakka in mumbai and it takes 40 mins by launch. Get down at Mora in Ura
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