PILGRIMAGE AND TOURS

TULJAPUR

 Tuljapur town is home to a famous temple, Tulja Bhavani temple, dedicated to the hindu goddess "Bhavani". The town received much importance in past centuries, since the temple enjoys a special association with the bhosale clan to which chhatrapati shivaji belonged. goddess bhavani was the family deity of the bhosale clan.

 

The temple-town of Pandharpur, the Dharashiv caves, and the fort of Naldurga all lie within easy reach. As the goddess Bhavani is the deity of many people from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, they come walking in dasera festival to worship goddess Bhavani.

 

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PANDHARPUR

  Pandharpur is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra. it is located on the banks of the Bhima river. It is named after a merchant Pandarika who achieved self-realization there.

 

Pandharpur hosts four annual pilgrimages ("yātrās") of Hindu devotees, the pilgrimage in the month of Āshādh (June–July) in the Hindu calendar attracts the largest number of pilgrims—around 0.5 to 0.7 million people. The pilgrimages in the months of Kārtik (October–November), Māgh(January–February) and Shrāvan (July–August) attract the second, third and fourth largest numbers of pilgrims respectively

 

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BIJAPUR

  The most important attraction of Bijapur is Gol Gumbaz, the largest dome in the world. The dome dominates of the entire area by its sheer size. With a diameter of 37 metres and height of 51 metres, the entire structure is raised on # mts thick wall.

 

 The most impressive structure in Bijapur is the Ibrahim Roza and the associated mosque. Tomb of the famous Adil Shahi Sultan Ibrahim II (1580-1627), the structure has attracted lavish praises of the art historians and common tourists alike. Referred as ”the Taj Mahal of the Deccan”, the monument is built to perfection and with unstinting technical care and unparallel skilled artistry.

 

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AKKALKOT

  It is situated 40 km southeast of Solapur and very close to the border between Maharashtra and Karnataka states. Akkalkot was the home to Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj, a 19th century saint who is believed by his devotees to be an incarnation of God Dattatreya. Akkalkot is widely known for its association with Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj, held by some to be a reincarnation of lord Dattatreya.

 

The other local shrine is the samadhi of Akkalkoth Swami. Akkalkot is also famous for Gajanan Maharaj's Shivpuri, where Ancient Vedic Therapy Agnihotra is performed.

 

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SAI BABA,SHIRDI

  Shirdi Sai temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India. It was established in 1922 to carry out the services of Shri Sai Baba. At age of 16 yrs Shri Saibaba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till his death. Saibaba found shelter in Khandoba temple.

 

The best time of the year to visit Shirdi is January through March. April to June is summer, followed by the monsoon. Pilgrim arrival peaks between September and November when many Hindu festivals occur. 

 

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NALDURG

Situated 46 km from Solapur is the Naldurg Fort. The fort has enclosed a surface of a knoll or plantain of basalt rock which juts out into the valley of the small Bori River. Along the rest of the cliff on three sides ran fortifications. The bastions are firmly built and are large enough to carry heavy guns. The entire circumference is about a mile and a half. The interior is covered with ruined walls and a vide road running up to the centre. The fort has many bastions amongst which are Upli Buruj, which is the high point in the fort, Paranda Buruj , Nagar Buruj, Sangam Buruj, Sangram Buruj etc. The most interesting building which connects the fort and the Ranmandala is the dam constructed across the Bori River.

 

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