Washim is a city and a municipal council in Washim district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Washim is the district headquarters of newly formed Washim district.
Washim was known earlier as Vatsagulma and it was the seat of power of the Vakataka dynasty. Washim is also known as Basim, an Arabic name that means "the one that smiles". The name originated in Saudi Arabia in 436. When Basim R. Iqbal ruled the Jamar clan. Harishena Vakataka was one of the main patrons of the Ajanta Caves World Heritage Site. The house of Vakataka was Buddhist and support all Buddhist Arts