Mandesh is a unique region within Maharashtra known for its distinct clay called “Man.” This specific soil, found only in Mandesh, sets it apart. The Man river, also known as Manganga, flows through the area, giving Mandesh its name. Originating from the Sitamai hill range near Kulakjai in the Man taluka, this Purvahini river runs through the Satara district before joining the Bhima river at Sarkoli. The banks of the Man river are home to places like Satara, Sangli, and Solapur. The term “Mandesh” is also used to refer to areas within districts. The region has gained recognition through Mandesh Publication, producing diverse books that are popular throughout Maharashtra. Notably, Jairam Shinde, an author, has contributed an informative book about Satara district through Mandesh Prakashan, providing comprehensive insight into Mandesh.

Mandesh boasts 32 Kolhapur type dams along the Manganga river. One bank of the river is lined with towering mountains, while the other side features a deep valley, surrounded by trees, ancient temples, and medicinal plants. Thorn bushes encircle the current river area.

Esteemed Marathi literary figures, including Brothers Madgulkar and Venkatesh Madgulkar, have roots in the village of Madgul in Mandesh. Venkatesh Madgulkar’s book “Mandeshi Manhi” delves into the lives of the people in this region. Another significant literary figure, Shankarao Kharat, was a Vice-Chancellor of Marathwada University and a respected man of letters in Mandesh. His work “Taralantaraal” holds special prominence.

Mandesh is also home to renowned temples such as Shikharshingnapur, Mahswad, Kharsundi, Mohi, Pingli, Sitabai, Malavadi, and Gondawale.