Ambikabai Jadhav Mahila Mahavidyalaya
Est. Year - 1986
Affiliated To: S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai
Padmashri Annasaheb Jadhav Bharatiya Samaj Unnati Mandal's Ambikabai Jadhav Mahila Mahavidyalaya is situated in Vajreshwari, Bhiwandi of Thane district. Vajreshwari, as a place enjoys its unique status in the state due to its religious and geographical importance. The Government of Maharashtra has declared this area as tribal area, since it abounds in tribal population. Nestled at the windward side of Tansa river, the place is 31 kms away from Virar railway station and 90 kms away from Mumbai Municipal Corporation. As a holy place, it attracts several pilgrims throughout the year. It is believed in Hindu mythology that lord ‘Indra’ wielded his ace weapan 'Vajra’ to desecrate the Yadnya performed by sage Vashishtha. Before the vajra fell upon the Yadnya, supreme Goddess Parvati appeared there and swallowed it so as to avoid the vandalization of the holy fire. From then on the Goddess was a new name-Vajreshwari. The origin of the Goddess Vajreshwari is in Gunjkatai Village. In 1739, Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of First Bajirao Peshwa constructed this temple to commemorate his victory against Portuguese army and the conquest of Vasai fort. Chimaji Appa’s triumph in this war is attributed to the blessings of the Goddess. The structure of the temple resembles Vasai fort. The shrines of Swami Nityanand in Ganeshpuri near Vajreshwari and the hot water springs have given this place an unique identity.
The college was established in July 1986 on the occasion of Gurupornima by Hon'ble Padmashri Annasaheb Jadhav in the memory of his Late mother. The college which is managed by Padmashri Annasaheb Jadhav Bhartiya Samaj Unnati Mandal, is affiliated to SNDT Womens’ University, the first Women’s university in India as well as in South-East Asia. The college which is situated in a tribal belt has undertaken a nerve-racking task of imparting education to the girls belonging to S.C. and S.T categories. Started with only 38 students, the college has 311 students today among which 84 students belong to S.T. category. Our college gives priority to enrolling the promising students from the tribal provinces such as Vasai, Wada and Bhiwandi and other tribal areas of Palghar and Thane Districts.