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Alandi

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Alandi The place where the saint-poet Dnyaneshwar attained 'Samadhi', Alandi is a small village on the banks of river Indrayani. It is 30krn from Pune. Dnyaneshwar, the author of Dnyaneshwari lived and attained samadhi in Alandi at the tender age of twenty-one. Two melas are held here annually: on Ashadhi and Kartiki Ekadashi, the eleventh days of Ashadh and Kartik (Hindu months). Places of interest and worship are the sacred samadhi of Dnyaneshwar Siddhabet in Indrayani and the temple of Vithoba-Rakhumai.

Shirdi

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Shirdi is a small town located in the state of Maharashtra in western India. The place is around 296 km from Mumbai. Shirdi extends latitude 19°45' N and longitude 74°25' E. Shirdi is basically a religious tourist center. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Shirdi. The Shirdi Saibaba Temple, located at Shirdi, Maharashtra, India attracts millions of devotees of all religions, castes and creed who come to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. The saga of Sai Baba of Shirdi started in the middle of the last century when, as a boy of about 16 years of age, he first appeared here under a neem tree absorbed in a hard penance. For the next 60 years, he devoted his life for the upliftment of the poor and suffering. His origin, religion, and early life are shrouded in mystery, and though he is believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva, his teachings transcended all religions and beliefs. Today, all places, persons, and possessions connected with him have become objects of veneration by millions of devotees who throng to Shirdi every year from all parts of the world. Sai Baba's shrine has been incorporated as one of the holy places in the world's map of pilgrimage.

Shirdi Festivals :

The most important festivals and events that are celebrated in Shirdi are Guru Poornima, Dusshera, and Ram Navami. These are the only days when the Samadhi Mandir of Shirdi opens for the whole night. Every Thursday, a palakhi bearing a photograph of the sage is taken out from the temple.

Babulnath Temple

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Babulnath Temple, located in the very heart of Mumbai City, at nearly 1000 feet above sea level, over looking the Arabian Sea lies the majestic temple of Lord Babulnath [Lord Shiva]. Even in a city like Mumbai you'll be surprised to feel peace and tranquility  at Babulnath - a place where Almighty resides. The granduer and magnificence of the temple is guaranteed to make you forget where you are,giving an illusion of Mount Kailas, the eternal abode of Lord Shiva . Every year millions of devotees visit this magnificent temple. It was built nearly 200 years ago and is one of the most spacious temples in the city. The devotees are undoubtedly proud of its rich and varied heritage. Over the ages many saints across India have sung praises of Lord Shiva. Pushpadanta wrote the Shiva Mahimnah Stotram , as he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva . Even today devotees recite the same Stotram for Lord Shiva Pujan. This temple is located at the end of Marine Drive and south of Malabar Hill, which was built in 1780. Also In 1900, a tall spire was added to this auspicious, original temple of Lord Shiva. A stone Lingam of Lord Shiva is worshipped at Babulnath. The main worship day is Monday. Closest railway to reach temple is Marine Lines 

Bala ji Temple

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Balaji Temple at Nerul, stands as an exact replica of the Balaji temple at Tirupati. The concept of having a temple of Ishta-devata in the residential complexes and even at homes is ancient in India. This concept emphasises the proximity of the deity and the devotee. It helps to the total surrender of jeevatma to the Paramatma.

Siddhivinayak Temple

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Arguably the most popular & significant places of worship is the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir situated at Prabhadevi. This temple was first consecrated on Thursday 19th November 1801, a fact that is noted in government records. The temple then was a small structure housing the black stone idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, which was two and half feet wide. The outstanding feature of this deity is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj) which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks (a delicacy which is a perennial favorite with Shree Siddhivinayak). Flanking the deity on both sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfillment, prosperity and riches. Etched on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva

Kailash Temple

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, Kailash Temple is situated at Ellora and is believed that it was constructed by excavating approx. 200,000 tones of rock and is possible the world's largest monolithic structure. Representing Shiva's Himalayan home, the temple is exquisitely sculpted and is considered as one of the most astonishing 'buildings' in the history of architecture. A crowning glory of the art, Kailash temple at Ellora is indeed unique. Instead of carving down into the face of a cliff and creating underground halls which had been the practice, the sculptors/architects set aside all convention and created a full temple, identical in every detail to a structural, 'built-up' example, by carving vertically down into the living rock.

Pandharpur

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Pandharpur Often called the spiritual capital of Maharashtra, Pandharpur is situated on the banks of the Chandrabhagha river in Solapur district. Legend has it that Pundalik a great devotee of Lord Krishna when honored by his visit prayed for his eternal presence. Therefore the temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple complex is very old and was fIrst renovated in 83 A.D. A fascinating aspect of the temple is that the god is claimed to be Vishnu by the Vaishnavites, Neminath by the Jains, and A valokiteswara by the Buddhists. The tradition of royal worshIp and the 'rathayatra' started in 1810 is still carried opt on 'Ashad and Kartik' Ekdashi days.

Mahalakshmi Temple

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Mahalakshmi Temple This exquisitely carved temple draws millions of pilgrims from all over the India. Over the eyars, members of several royal families have sought the blessings of goddess - Mahalaxmi temle. The temple complex has artistically sculpted and houses the temples of other deities such as Kashi Vishweshwar, MahaSaraswati, Mahakali, Shree Dutta, and Shree Ram.

Nanded

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Nanded was earlier known as "Nandigram". It is near about equi-distance from some important cities like Aurangabad, Hydrabad, Solapur, and Nagpur. Nanded city forms a part of east central Maharashtra and lies along the Godavari River. Nanded is situated 650-km away from Mumbai and 270-km from Hyderabad . It is also spelt "Nander" and derives its name from "Nanda Tat" ("Nanda border"), a term that refers to the boundary of the Magadha kingdom during the 7th century BC. Nanded is also a district headquarter and second largest city in Marthawada after Aurangabad . Latur and Parbhani districts surround Nanded on the west and Yavatmal district on the north: the state of Andhra Pradesh lies to the east and Karnataka State to the south.

Nanded is famous as a centre of Sanskrit learning and is important due to its historical, social and political background. The tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singhji held his court and congregation over here. This is the place where he recovered after assassins that attacked him. A Sikh gurdwara was also built on the same site.  Nanded has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The river Godavari flows through the city. Temples and Ghats on the banks of Godavari have made Nanded one of the holiest places for Hindus.

Ashtavinayaka

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The elephant God or Ganapati is the favourite god of Mumbai and Maharashtra. Hence 11 pilgrimage of the eight principal Ganesh idols are a must for any devout believer .Each of the 'Swaymbhuor self appeared idols have a distinctive feature. Foremost among the shrines is Mayureshwar at Morgaon. 64 km from Pune. It was built in the 14th century by Morya Gosavi. Legend has it that he found the Ganesh statue in a sacred tank. Closely linked with Morgaon is the Chintamani Ganapati Temple at Theur, 25 kmfrom Pune. Morya Gosavi attained Siddhi (knowledge) here and his son, Chintamani Dev built the temple to commemorate the event.

At Ranjangaon, the deity is known as the Mahaganapati because the original statue had as many as 10 trunks and 20 arms. According to local folk, the towering idol was hidden to avoid destruction at the hands of non-believers. Sri Siddhi- Vinayak in Ahmednagar is also closely associated with Morya Gosavi. The main temple was constructed by Ahilyabai Holkar. Built in 1833, the temple at Czar is fa- mous for its 'deepmala' (garland of lights). The deity is worshipped as 'Vigneshwara' the remover of obstacles. It is 102 kID from Pune on the road to Narayangaon. The golden dome of the temple was gifted by Chimaji Appa, Bajirap Peshwa's younger brother.

On the banks of Kukdi river, the temple of Lenyadri can be reached only by climbng 283 steps. Goddess Parvati spent her time in penence and prayer and gave birth to Ganapati here. The temple of Pali 38km from Khopoli was named Ballaleshwar after the devotee Ballal to whom Ganapati is said to have revealed himself at this sacred spot. The wooden temple was constructed in 1770 by Nana Phadvanis. The Mahad Ganesh 20 km from Khandala is known as Sri Varad Vinayak - the bestower of blessings.

Trimbakeshwar

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33 km west of Nashik lies the tiny village of Trimbak. And, from a spring high on a steep hill above this village the mighty Godavari emerges. It dribbles into the Gangasagar bathing tank and devotees believe that the sacred waters washes away all the sins. Legend has it that Gautam Rishi prayed to Lord Shiva on the Brahmagiri hill which rises above the temple. Lord Shiva, pleased with his devotion allowed Gautam Rishi to bring the Godavari waters from heaven to earth. Incidentally Trimbak also has the Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of India's most sacred shrine. It contains the main 'Jyotirlinga' among the 12 Jyotirlingas spread across the country. Hindu mythology says that at this magi- cal spot one of the four drops of nectar fell to earth from the'arnrit kumbh' during the struggle between the gods and the de- mons. This is the origin of the sacred , Kumbh Mela' at Nashik and the other sites -Haridwar, Ujjain and Prayag. The annual festival of 'Shivrathri' is cel- ebrated with great pomp and gaity (Feb- March)