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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
Akola is an important historical, cultural, political, religious, industrial and agricultural city in the state of Maharashtra located in the Vidarbha region in central India. It is located around 600 kilometers east of the capital city of Maharashtra state, Mumbai and 250 kilometers west from the city of Nagpur. Akola is the headquarters of Akola District located in Amravati Division. Akola district forms the central part of Amravati division, which corresponds to the former British Raj province of Berar. The climate is tropical and people mostly use cotton clothes. The Shivani Airport is the Domestic airport of Akola city.
Akola District has an area of around 54.31 square kilometres and population of 1,629,305 as per 2001 census. Marathi is the most popularly spoken language, though English and Hindi are also widely used. Akola District is bounded on the north and to the east by Amravati District, to the south by Washim District, and to the west by Buldhana District. There are around 25 industries. Other important crops of the region are wheat, sunflower, canola, peanut, bajra, harbara, toor, ulad and mung.
Akola also called Cotton city is renowned for its cotton production and is the largest cotton producing district in India. The city is also famous for its Pulse or Dal, Oil and Textile mills. It is a rapidly developing and growing Market center with recently announced Mahanagarpalika in the Vidarbha region. Akola is also renowned for its medical facilities. It is a major center for advanced medical treatments Akola has a famous Agricultural University. Raj Rajeshwar Temple in Akola is a famous pilgrimage place for worshippers of Lord Shiva and has a great historical heritage. Narsingh Maharaj Mandir at Akot and Baladevi temple at Balapur both in Akola District are also famous religious temples near Akola.
Akola is known as a colorful city because of its many festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi, Makar Sankranti, Dashera, Diwali, Holi and Eid are celebrated with special enthusiasm. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Akola enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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