Mansur Shah Tomb
Yogeshwari Temple Ambejogai
Rakshbhuvan (Shani Dev)
Welcome to Beed,
Beed is the district of same name located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is also known as Bhir, Bir, Bid. The ancient name of Beed was Champavati nagar. There are several historical buildings located in the town of which Kankaleshwar Temple is the most famous. There are remains of citadel wall which protect a part of the old town from rare but violent floods of Bendsura river. Some other places to visit in the city are Rakshbhuvan (Shani Dev), Khandoba Temple etc.
It is in Bendsura range. It gets overflow in monsoon. Balaghat Range can be seen in the background. The scene on a cloudy evening at this dam is really mesmerising.
The town had several gates and a small fort in the past. Now only four are remaining and are in poor condition. Only one out of several were built in the eastern part in Mahbub Gunj (now Hiralal Chowk). Kotwali gate (known as Kotwali Ves) is situated at the western bank of river Bendsura.
This has got its name because a police station (Kotwali) was situated adjacent to the gate. Another gate, which is also in a bad condition, is found at Quila near Milliya campus. Fourth gate is in Bashir Gunj area and perhaps is in a little better condition than the other gates, most probably due to the grave on its Burj which is said to be of some Sufi Buland Shah.
Built during the period of Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605-27) by his official in Beed Jan Sipar Khan in 1036 AH (1627), it is one of the largest mosques in Beed. Situated in the centre of the town at Quila (citadel) it has three huge domes and four minarets.
It is perhaps the oldest and the most beautiful building in the town. Historians are not sure about the construction period of this temple. The architectural style suggests that it might have been constructed during Yadava period, most probably during the reign of Singhana (1210-47), who also founded Devagiri (Daulatabad). The design of this temple has some close similarities to the temples at the famous caves of Ellora. Situated in the middle of a small lake in the eastern part of the town, the temple is built with black stone and is carved with excellent human and divine figures. A fair is held in the grounds of temple during Mahashivratri.
Often regarded as the symbol of the town, the temple stands in a bad condition. It is situated on the eastern hills. Built in Hemadpanti style, it is often regarded as the symbol of town. Two symmetrical, octagonal dipmal (tower of light) rising 21.33 meters (70 ft) are standing in front of the temple. Towers have carved figures of humans and animals, now most of them defaced. There are two stories about the construction of this temple. One says that it was built by Sultanji Nimbalkar a Jagirdar of Nizam era. The other says that it was built by Mahadji Scindia. Tarikh-e-Bir (History of Beed) mentions it with Nimbalkar.
This historic and famous well is situated about 6 km south of the town. It was constructed in 991 AH (1583) by Salabat Khan, a Jagirdar of Beed in the period of Murtaza Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar. It is said that the water level in this well remains unchanged even in droughts. Three currents of water start from the well and irrigate the land of Barg o Zar (meaning 'Leaves and Flowers', pronounced in colloquial as Balguzar) around the town.
During droughts municipality of the town take water from this well and supply it to some parts of the town and surrounding villages. Salabat Khan also constructed Karanja (fountains) and a garden in the centre of the town. Tower of Karanja is still standing in the middle of the town in a very bad condition.
Marble dome is built on the grave of the sufi and the adjacent twin domes are on the graves of his sons. Mansur Shah was 18th century Sufi of Suharwardy clan of Sufis. He is said to be a Dharma Guru (spiritual teacher) of Mahadji Scindia. His tomb is in the eastern part of Beed near Khandeshwari temple. Dome of the shrine is made of marble.
The God Vaijinath is one of the twelve jyotirlingas in parli it is a very sacred as well as historisel place. Queen ahilyabai holkar reconstructed it in stone. At the entrance of the temple the grand entrance construction attracts attention of visitors. Around the temple there are three Kundas. Vaijinath is the fifth jyotirlingas in twelve most auspicious mahadeos temple called as Jyotirlingas rajasthani Balaji temple in gopuram style Shani temple are the other famous temples in Parli.
On the bank Godawari river there is an ancient temple of shani Maharaj. It is one of the holy places of Shani which is one of three and half holy places of god Shani on the occasion Shani amavashya thousands of people come from Maharashtra and other States of India to take the blessings of Shani Maharaj . Apart from this there a holy temple of Panchaleshwar. The god of Mahanubhava sect. It is cultural center for them. It is believed that the God Dattatraya takes his lunch everyday hene.
Shahinshah Wali was a Sufi of 14th century. He came to Beed during the rule of Muhammad Tughluq. His tomb and surrounding areas were built in different periods from 1385 - 1840. The details can be seen in the history of Beed. It is situated on the eastern elevations. Each year an Urs (fair) is held here on 2nd day of Rabi' Al-Awwal, third month of Islamic calendar.
There are three and half very effective and desire fulfilling places of Goddess. Goddess Yogeshwari is one of them. This historical temple is built in ancient time. Ambejogai is native place of Mukand Raj who wrote 'Vivek Sandhu' and showed 'Brahma' on his palm. This town is famous for Da sopantas 'Pa Sodi' another great poet from the District with an enormous poetic creation.
- Dev Dahiphal, Bankat Swami Temple, Ashvalinga Temple, Gahininath God, Shri Kshetra Macchindranath God, Gorakshanath Temple, Kapildhar, Naigaon, Navagan Rajuri, Bhagwan Gadh, Chakarwadi, Soutada, Namalgaon, Sidhawad, Dargah (Neknoor), Kille Dharur, Purushottam Puri, Shri Kshetra Narayan God, Pohicha Dev, Jarud, Beteshwar Temple, Anand Gadh, Limbaganesh etc.