Ambernath is part of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The name Ambernath literally means Lord of the sky. Ambernath is the site of a old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, dating back, to 10th century. The temple is carved out of stone in Hemad style construction. Ambernath lies on Mumbai to Pune railway route. Most people rely on the railway link to commute to Mumbai for work. Like all Mumbai suburbs Ambernath is divided into east Ambernath and west Ambernath by the railway. Ambernath west is in an industrial zone and is home to hundreds of small and large chemical factories. An Ordnance Factory of the Ordnance Factories Board has been established by the Government of India which is one of the reasons for Ambernath developing into a residential neighbourhood. A large manufacturing facility of WIMCO, India’s largest manufacturer of safety matchsticks, is also located in Ambernath on the Kalyan-Badlapur Road.
Ambernath West is known for the Ordnance Estate. It is a colony of the employees of the Ordnance Factory, and consists of apartments provided by the government itself for the Factory employees. The colony is self-sufficient with a CBSE school, hospital and other amenities. The estate is equipped with many facilities like 24 hr power supply, and water supply.
Places to see in Ambernath
Shiva Temple, Methodist Church, Fatima Catholic Church and School, Sacred Heart syro-Malabar Catholic Church, GIP Tank, One Tree Point, Ayyapa Temple at Ordnance Estate, Shantisagar Water Resort, Chikloli Dam, Barvi Dam and Labour statue (which is probably the only statue representing Labour in India). Malang Gadh, a pilgrimage place known as Haji Malang Dargah, as well as hiking spot, is also close by. Heramb Mandir is a renovated temple of Lord Ganesha.The Shiv temple of Ambernath is worth visiting at the time of Shivratri.
Ambernath is a self-contained township which has very prominent schools like Bhausaheb Paranjape Vidyalaya, Madansingh Manvirsingh Memorial High School, InnerWheel School(now Rotary School), Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School), T.M.S, SICES, Fatima High School, Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya and FR. agnel multipurpose school, GGUHS (Gurukul Grand Union High School & Junior College) it is also known as best school of Ambernath. It also has two junior and senior colleges offering Bachelors degrees in Commerce, Science and Arts streams.
A hill station called Matheran, and Titwala, which has a famous Ganesh temple, are close by.
The City Of Ambernath has four Industrial Areas (4 MIDC’S). Home of big And small companies like Ceat, Godrej And Mahindra and Mahindra, ASB International etc. Apart from this there are three central government (Min. of Defence) establishments falling underOrdnance Factory Board and DRDO.
And In Near Future Ambernath Expecting Near About 1200 Pharmaceutical Companies To Get Open In Ambernath MIDC.
There are branches of many national banks including State Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank (previously known as United Western Bank), Union Bank of India, Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank and Dena Bank etc. Major banks like HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank etc. and major co-operative banks like Thane Janta Sahkari Bank, Dombivili Nagarik Sahkari Bank, Rupee co-operative Bank, Ambernath Jai Hind Bank etc. have their branches as well as ATM centers with VISA / Master/ Maestro and RuPay card access facilities over here.
Earlier this town was known as pensioners town, now has changed to mainly a working population various strata of society i.e. unorganized labor to white collar jobs and establishments like shops, offices and other businesses. Due to better job opportunities, good environment, road and rail connectivity and cheaper real estate prices compare to Mumbai City.
There are four annual fairs held in Ambernath: 1. Mahashivratri Fair held at Old Shiva Temple 2. Gaon Devi Fair held at Gaon Devi Temple at Khunatwali, Ambernath West 3. Gayban Shah Vali’s Dargah Uroos at Kohej Gaon in Ambernath West 4. Ordnance Ayyappa Temple Festval in December every year.
Apart from this on the occasion of Dashera there is Ramleela at MPF Ground in Ordnance Estate where the effigy of Ravana is torched every Year. During these time lot many people come to Ambernath to visit the Fair and in turn add to the economic activities in Ambernath.
People claim that Guru Nanak visited Ambernath Shiv Temple on 25 February 1415 while Surinder Singh Kohli and other historians mention the period to be earlier than this. Ambernath is not the actual name of this town. It was “Hallyacha Pada”, a village near the Welfare Center in Ambernath East was the original name of this town. Dr. Rajendra Prasad inaugurated the railway station “Hallyacha Pada” after independence. This town started flourishing after the arrival of DMC,(now closed) WIMCO and got rechristened as Ambernath before this there were only two villages recognised in this area as Kohoj-Khuntawali at west and Hallyacha Pada at East. When first Nagarpalika came in existence, Leaders like Meheruddin Pathan, Madansingh Manvirsingh, Prabhakar Nalwade, Laxman Jathar, D.K.Bhandarkar (Shiv Sena leader) transformed this city into a high standard little town. The main Shivaji Statue in East was installed through the efforts of Late Laxman Jathar.
There is also an ancient Dargah located in the Kohoj Village Popularly known as Baba Gaiban Shah Dargah, located between 3 different areas – Kohoj Village, Chinchpada, and Woollen Chawl & Sacred Heart Catholic Church also located nearest Fr. Agnel School.
As per the recent excavations, there existed an urban civilization in the Area of Ambernath since 200BC. The bricks found date back to the Satavahan era.
Proposed 2nd International Airport for Mumbai in Nevali
As a result of the recent objections being raised by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests on the current proposed location of the Navi Mumbai International Airportnear Kopra Panvel area, apparently because the construction of the airport would involve reclamation of low-lying areas in an ecologically fragile zone as well as destruction of several hectares of mangroves, other locations were being considered, which included the one off village Nevali near Kalyan-Ambernath 55 km away from the current airport in Mumbai. There exists an old and abandoned air-strip of World War II era and the Union Defence Ministry owns the 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) of land on which it is located. But the proposal was later dropped and they zeroed on the airport near Panvel.
Anand Water Park