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city, northern Maharashtra state, western India. It lies along the Bombay-Nagpur road and the Bombay-Allahabad railway. Although insignificant before the 19th century, it then attracted merchants and weavers so that it could boast of more than 400 handlooms by 1860. From the late 1800s it grew steadily, and it is now one of the chief commercial centres of the Khandesh cotton-growing region. It also has colleges affiliated with the University of Poona.