Posted by : Sandeep May 17, 2012
Located in south eastern part of Maharashtra state, Solapur is a city and headquarters of Solapur district. Solapur is home to some prominent places of religious and tourist importance. It is also home to Pandharpur, the most prominent pilgrimage spot of Maharashtra.
The city of Pandharpur in Solapur district is famous pilgrimage place in the Maharashtra state. Located on the bank of Bhima River, Pandharpur hosts Vitthal-Rukhmini temple which witness lakhs of devotees thronging there on occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi. Bhima River on the bank of which Pandharpur is perched is also known as Chandrabhaga River as it resembles the shape of half moon. Pandharpur is situated about 70 km away from Solapur city.
Famous for its temple of Tulja Bhavani, Tuljapur is another prominent place of worship situated near Solapur. Though the town of Tuljapur falls in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra state, it is quite easily accessible from Solapur which is just about 40 km away from it. The temple of Tulja Bhavani is dedicated to the goddess Tulja Bhavani which was the chief deity of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the great Maratha king.Akkalkot is yet another major place of interest located near the city of Solapur. Situated about 38 km away from Solapur, the town of Akkalkot is famous for its shrine of Akkalkot Swami. It is home to the Vatvriksha temple of Swami Samarth and Akkalkot Swami Math which are frequented by a large number of devotees from all over Maharashtra and other parts of the country as well.