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RELIGIOUS DESTINATIONS

Place 1 DEHU ALANDI

Dehu is spiritual place and birth place of saint Tukaram. This is a place of pilgrimage. There is temple of Saint Tukaram in Dehu which had built in year 1723. His ancestral home is still said to exist. The 'Palakhi' in the month of 'Ashadh' from Dehu is one of the main attractions of Dehu. The millions of people have being taking particiaption in 'Palakhi' from many years. During this pilgrimage 'Abhang 'of Sant Tukaram are remembered. Alandi is situated on the banks of river Indrayani about 25 km away from city Pune. This is birth place of saint Dnyaneshwar. Saint Dnyaneshwar, after translating the Bhagavad Gita into Marathi and attained samadhi at Alandi. Samadhi temple of Dnyaneshwarwas built in 1570. Alandi is a place of pilgrimage and is venerated by many Hindus. It is great place to experience spiritual life of Indians.


Place 2 BHIMASHANKAR

Bhimashankar is an ancient shrine, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. Far away from the tumult of the urban life, peeping through the white fleecy clouds, Bhimashankar can be termed a pilgrim paradise. The dense forests surrounding the high ranges are an abode for rare species of flora and fauna. Situated at the extreme end of the Sahyadri Ranges, this place gives a wonderful view of the world around the rivers, and hill stations. Bhimashankar is the source of the Bhima River, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna River. With endless stretches of virgin forests, lofty peaks that seem to reach out to the heavens, and the whispering waters of the Bhima River, Bhimashankar is definitely one of God's choicest creations. It seems as if Lord Shiva is keeping a silent vigil over the majestic ranges of the Sahyadris. The serenity interrupted only by the silent murmuring of the cool breeze and the occasional chirping of birds, Bhimashankar is a trekker's delight and a traveler's sojourn.

It is located 107 km from Mumbai in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur.

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit is between August and February. Though any time of the year is good to visit Bhimashankar, it is better to avoid visiting during summer. Similarly during monsoon unless one likes trekking, it is better to avoid. That leaves the best period to seven months between August and February.


Place 3 NASHIK, TRIMBAKESHWAR

Nashik is a located on the banks of the Godavari River, the holy river which flows through old Nashik. Nasik is the highest producer of grapes in India along with onions. The Nassak Diamond, derives its name from the fact that it long remained in the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, near Nashik. The Godavari River flows through Nashik from its source, which lies to the southwest of the city, in Trimbakeshwar. Nashik is also called as pilgirmage city. Nashik is one of the places where Kumbh Mela is held. There are holy temples like Shree KalaRam Mandir, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Saptshrungi Gad, Gondeshwar Temple, Shree Sunder Narayan Temple, Mukti Dham, Bhakti Dham, Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev, Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shree Someshwar Temple, Shree Ved Temple and Dutondya Maruti. Shree Godavari Ramkund, Sita Gumpha (Cave), Pandav Caves (Pandav Lani), Godavari Ghat, Ramkund.

Trambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, 28 km from the city of Nashik. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. This place is famous for lots of religious rituals (vidhis). Narayan Nagbali, Kalsarpa Shanti, Tripindi vidhi are done here. Narayan Nagbali puja is performed at Trimbakeshwar only. This puja is performed in three days. This puja is performed on special dates. Some days are not suitable to perform this puja. This puja is performed for many reasons like to cure an illness, going through bad times, killing a Cobra (Nag), childless couples, financial crisis or you want to perform some religious puja to have everything.

Best Time To Visit : The best time to visit Nasik Trimbakeshwar is between October and March and again between June and September to enjoy the monsoons.


Place 4 SHIRDI, SHANISINGNAPUR

Shani Shingnapur is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district, the village is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god of the planet Saturn. Shingnapur is 35 km from Ahmednagar city. It is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, no theft is reported in the village Villagers never keep their valuables under lock and key. Villagers believe that the temple is a "jagrut devasthan" meaning that the god here is very powerful. They believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The deity here is "Swayambhu is self emerged from earth in form of black but imposing stone. Though no one knows the exact period, it is believed that the Swayambhu Shanaishwara statue was found from times immemorial by shepherds of the then local hamlet. It is believed to be in existence at least since Kaliyuga.

SHIRDI - 122 kms from Nashik is the abode of one of Maharashtra's most revered saint - Sai Baba of Shirdi. Popularly known as the 'Child of God', Sai Baba preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood. Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to Sai Baba. Devotees start queuing up in the early hours of dawn to catch a glimpse and seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is marked by special pujas and darshan of the Sai Baba statue. There are other places of interest that devotees can visit as well including Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights. Near the mosque, in a corridor is the dhuni or eternal flame that burns day and night. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.


Place 5 SHEGAON

Shegaon is popular as a pilgrimage destination as its believed that Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj lived here. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint with miraculous powers. The origins of Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj are untraceable in history. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj took "Samadhi" at Shegaon. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is built on the Samadhi of Gajanan Maharaj. Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the largest temple trust in the Vidarbha region and is so called as "Pandharpur of Vidarbha". It attracts pilgrims from all over Maharashtra. Thursdays, being the holy day of Gajanan Maharaj, and weekends witness huge crowds from all over Maharashtra. A new type of well-constructed, air conditioned darshan baari (queue) is constructed.

Anand Sagar : Shegaon has a tourist attraction called "Anand Sagar", a INR 3000 million project is maintained by the The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan. It surrounds a big artificial lake. It has a meditation centre, an aquarium, temples, play grounds, lush green lawns and open theatre where fountain-show is conducted for entertainment. It has been beautifully decorated with state of art artefacts and carvings all over. An amusement park has also started with a toy train encircling the entire place.


Place 6 PANDHARPUR,TULJAPUR, GANGAPUR,AKKALKOT

Pandharpur : Pandharpur is an important pilgrimage city on the Bhima river in Sholapur district, Maharashtra, India. The Vithoba temple attracts about half a million Hindu pilgrims during the major yatra (pilgrimage) in the month of Ashadh(June-July).
Tuljapur :Known for the holy temple of Tulja Bhawani (Goddess Durga). It is said that before venturing on a military expedition, King Shivaji always sought her blessings. Legend has it that the Goddess gifted him a sword - the Bhawani Talwar-for success in his expedition. According to the legend prevailing a demon by name Matanga, created havoc upon the devas and the humans who approached Bhrahma for help were advised to request Mother Goddess Shakti, who then took up the form of the destroyer, and powered by the other (Sapta) Maataas Varaahi, Bhrahmi, Vaishnavi,

Kaumaari, Indraani and Saambhavi vanquished him to enable to peace to reign again. Tuljapur is one of the four Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra where mother Goddess, Shakti is worshipped. The temple is located on a hill known as Yamunachala, on the slopes of the Sahyadri range in Maharashtra near Sholapur . Nearest railhead is Solapur on South Central Railway. Nearest airport is Aurangabad 257-Km Road : Tourists can take bus from Osmanabad 19-Km away from Tuljapur or Solapur, which is 40-km away from Tuljapur. Mumbai-Tuljapur, 452 Km via Solapur. Aurangabad-Tuljapur, 257 Km.
Gangapur :Sri Kshetra Gangapur, One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Sri Narasimha Sarasvati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima in Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. This Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas. The water of the rivers Bhima and Amaraja, especially at the spot of their confluence, are considered extremely holy.
Akkalkott :Shree Swami Samarth of Akkalkot Believed to be an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya the name of this spiritual master, popularly called Swami Samarth, is a household word in Maharashtra and the region around. As this Perfect Master chose to reside at a place called Akkalkot for 22 years where he took Mahasamadhi (left his mortal body) in1878, he is also known as the Maharaj of Akkalkot, Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra state of India.


Place 7 JEJURI

Jejuri Temple is located in the Jejuri town, which lies to the southeast of the Pune city of Maharashtra. The town is known for being the venue of one of the revered temples in the state, known as the Khandobachi Jejuri The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand. Khandoba is regarded as the 'God of Jejuri' and is held in great reverence by the Dhangars, one of the oldest tribes in India.