Vithoba Temple, Pandharpur
Maldhok Bird Sanctuary
Siddheshwar Temple and Lake
Solapur Fort(Bhuikot Castle)
Sambhaji(Kambar Talav) Lake
Nannaji Wild Life Sanctuary
Welcome to Solapur,
Solapur is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located on the south east edge of the state and lies entirely in the Bhima and Seena basins. Solapur is a leading center for cotton mills and power looms. Solapur is also called as Textile City. Solapur is also famous for being the leading manufacturer of beedis(South Asian Cigarette) in Maharashtra because of it being a leader in the production of tobacco.
Solapur is an ancient historical and religious place. Akkalkot has the famous mallikarjun temple where many lingayat devotees workship daily. Other places of interest are Maldhok Bird Sanctuary, Sambhaji(Kambar Talav) Lake, Siddheshwar Temple and Lake, Nannaji Wild Life Sanctuary, Solapur Fort(Bhuikot Castle) etc.
Barshi is a town in Solapur district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is famous for quality toor dal (lentil) and other agriculture products produced here. Barshi is famous for the Bhagvant Temple. Bhagvant temple is dedicated to Shri Vishnu. The uniqueness of this temple is that, this is the onlyone temple of Shri Vishnu all over India having Shri Vishnu's name as Bhagwant. The temple is build in Hemadpanthi style in the year 1245 A.D. There are four entries to the temple from all the four directions, but the main entry is east-facing. There is one GARUDKHAMB in front of Garbhagraha. The idol of main deity Shri Bhagvant is in black stone having SHANKH, CHAKRA andGADA is in the hands and picture of devotee king Ambrish below the right hand. Shri Laxmi is on the back of Bhagvant idol. Shivlinga is there on the forehead and marks of Footsteps of Bhrigu Rishi on the chest of the deity. Every morning at five Lord Bhagawanta is woken up with the Kakad arati adorations to the accompaniment of the sound of the cymbals. Several devotees, both men and women, attend these morning devotions. They bring the offerings of sugar, fruits, milk, curds and butter.
This is a talao which supplies water to Solapur. Pandharpur is called the Dakshin Kashi of India, and is the abode of Lord Vittal. It is situates about sixty kilometers from Solapur, and is one of the most revered deity of Maharashtrians. Most pilgrims visit this temple during the Ashadi Ekadashi.
It is a scenic nature area near Solapur.
Karmala is a town and a municipal council in Solapur district. Karmala is famous for the temple of Shri. Kamaladevi. The Kamala Bhavani Temple is built by Rao Raje Nimbalkar in 1727. Encircled by a surrounding wall, the fort has twenty-one bastions, the distance between the two bastions being 115 feet. The fort has two gates, one to the east and other to the west. On the outskirts of the town is the temple dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. It is a Hemadpanti structure extended and renovated by Rao Rambha Nimbalkar.
It is considered to be the second seat of Tulajapur Tulaja Bhavani. Built in Hemdpanthi style, the temple has entry doors in East South and North directions. The uniqueness of this temple architecture is, the temple is having well of 96 steps. The temple is constructed with 96 pillars. The temple top consists of 96 pictures and 96 'overyas'.. Navaratra festival is celebrated with great devotion. The annual festival (yatra) is held during Kartik porrnima to Chaturthi.
Madha is situated at nearly 40 kms from Solapur. Madha is famous for Rambhaji Nimbalkar who lived here and built a fort. The head-quarters of the Madha Panchayat Samiti are, however, located at Kurduwadi. Agriculture is the main source of income for the people of Madha.
The principal objects of interest in the town are the fortress and the temple of Madheshwari Devi constructed by the Nimbalkars.Of the fort the wall on two sides and bastions at the four corners remain and the space is used to house the backward Class boarding conducted by the Zilla Parishad. A yearly fair is held at the temple in honour of Madheshwari Devi or the Jagdamba on the full-moon day of Ashvina (September-October). As far as the history of Tembhurni, Kurduwadi, Madha , is concerned some medieval Hemadpanti temples and many sculptures can be noticed at these places.
Maldhok Bird Sanctuary, the abode of Maldhok bird, lies in Karmala of Solapur District. Sprawling over a vast area of grassy plains, the sanctuary is a popular destination for bird watchers. Mongoose, squirrels and deer are also found in the area. The buses plying along the Solapur-Karmala route run right up to the sanctuary.
Malshiras is situated at about 70 kms from Solapur. The places of interest in Malshiras are the temples of Someshwar and Maruti. The temple of Someshwar is an old Hemadpanti structure. There is also one Sugar Factory at Malshiras. A fair in honour of Dnyaneshwar is held on Ashadha Shud in June-July which is attended by about 5,000 people. Another fair is held in honor of Dhuloba on Vaishakha Shud in April-May when about 2,000 people assemble. A fair in honour of Hanuman Dev is held in Phalguna in February-March and is attended by about 2,000 people. Akluj is a big village in this town Three fairs are held in this village.
Mangalvedha is a city and a municipal council in Solapur district. Agriculture is the main source of income for the people of Mangalvedha. Mangalvedha is also the birthplace of Shri Jayatirtha also called as Teekacharya. He was one of the greatest saints of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. There is also a Sugar Factory at Mangalwedha. The main places of interest in the town are the temples dedicated to Saint Damaji, Saint Chokha, Vishveshwar and Mahadeo and the chauburji of the fort besides a house in a dilapidated condition which was the residence of the last Maratha general Bapu Gokhale.
According local people it is said that Mohol is a very old town. The places of interest in Mohol are two temples, an old fort used under the Maratha rule for the offices of the old Mohol sub-division, and two ruined forts built about 300 years ago by the local 'Deshmukhs'. There is also a Sugar Factory located at Mohol town.
At Mohol MIDC Area there are some good industries are working. Mohol is one of the historical place from Solapur district.In mohol taluka korovali is a small village.there are some ancient sculpture. Most of the area is used here for agriculture. Sugar cane,wheat,jawar,and vegetables.
The Motibaug Tank is a great bird watching center with the many migratory birds found flocking here in winter. This tank was first filled with white and pink lotuses; but with the SMC cleaning it, the face of the tank was brought down. However there are still lotuses blooming there now to add to the beauty of the place.
Nannaj is a small town near Solapur. Because of the presence of certain rare inhabitants in its surroundings; there is a wild life sanctuary. Nannaj is home to the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) sanctuary. It is one of the largest birds in India and by far one of the most endangered. The Great Indian Bustard is also called as Maldhok in Marathi is one of such rarest birds of Indian Sub continent. We can find this rare species at Nannaj. The Sanctuary covers an area of 8000 sq. kms. and is easily accessible by road. There are about 350 GIB's surviving in India and around 25 of them are found in Nannaj. The Bustard though is not the only reason for one to visit this enchanting place. Nannaj presents a very unique landscape, more resembling the plains of African Savanna than the typical tropical forests of India.
It is also known as "The Indian Savanna".
The original name of this lake was QAMAR lake. This was named after daughter's name of Aurangzeb-the Mughal Emperor.But now this is known as Kambar Talav. It is also known as Sambhaji Lake.
Sangola is a city and a municipal council in Solapur district. Sangola is famous for Pomegranate production. The pomegranates from Sangola are exported to US; London, Dubai and Middle East countries. Agriculture is the main source of income for the people of Sangola. Near Sangola there are some historical places such as Buddihal Bungalow which was made by the British and Golghumat Native place of Mr. M Madgulkar. Sangola, presently, has one of the finest cotton spinning, named, 'Sangola Taluka Sahakri Sooth Girni ' which was awarded best spinning mill in Asia for few years. The few places of interest in Sangola are the fort and a temple of Ambika Devi.
The fort at Sangola is said to have been built by a Bijapur king. The town that grew up round the fort was so prosperous that it was locally called the Golden Sangola or Sonyache Sangola until it was sacked by Holkar's Pathans in 1802.
The serene and peaceful Shivapuri-Ashram is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Akkalkot town in Solapur district. The place was named Shivapuri after Shivanand Yogindra Maharaj, the father of Parama Sadguru Shree. Shivanand Maharaj was the highest among Yogis. He was a Nada Brahma Yogi who examplified the Shabda Brahma concept. Shabda Brahma means "the word that was in the beginning, which was with God, which was God and by which everything was made that was made". Visitors feel enthralled by the peace and bliss that reigns at Shivapuri, the abode of Yajnya.
Shri Dahigaun Teerth is a highly revered Jain shrine located at Dahigaun in Solapur District, Maharashtra. The temple enshrines a 244 cm high, black-colored idol of Bhagvan Mahavir Swami in the Padmasana posture. The walls of the temple are exquisitely garnished with beautifully ancient paintings. There are oil paintings of many Digambar Acharyas. The foot-idols of His Holiness Mahattisagarji Maharaj Saheb were installed in the temple in 1889 of the Vikram era.
Siddheshwar Temple is the temple of "Lord Shiva". The temple, situated in the middle of the lake, is picturesque; with a backdrop of the fort looming behind it. The temple was built by a yogi, Shri Siddharameshwar, who was a devotee of Sri Mallikajuna of Srisailam. He was on his way to Srisailam, when he was ordered by his guru to return to Solapur and consecrate many Shiva lingams. He duly returned to Solapur and began his work, starting from this temple. In all, he installed 68 Shiva lingams in Solapur, the list of which is given at the end of this article.
It is believed that Sri Siddharameshwar dug the lake himself, when all the holy rivers came and asked for permission to reside in the lake, thus making it sacred. There are a number of fish in the lake, and the locals consider it holy to feed them. As a result, there is a crowd of vendors selling foodstuffs to feed the fish... The lake has been kept reasonably clean, considering the amount of food thrown into it. Apart form the main lingam of lord Shiva, there are temples of various other gods in the temple complex which is considerably huge. Shri Siddharameshwar himself attained Jeeva Samadhi in the temple complex itself, and his Samadhi itself draws a lot of crowds.
Solapur Fort is an ancient Muslim fort situated in Solapur, one of the ancient historical and religious places in Maharashtra. This 14th century fort was built in memory of Hutatma Bagh. The fort also houses a temple, which attracts thousands of visitors. It was built by Bahamani sultan.
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) in 1878, he is also known as the Maharaj of Akkalkot, Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra state of India. In his memory the temple of Akkalkot was made. Many devotees believe in him and visit the temple every year.
This is well known temple in all over Maharashtra. Out of Nine Nath this one who mainly known as Nagnath. All religion's people are come for there promises fulfill. Faith and trust on the Nagnath is very high in all nearly areas people. The environment of temple area is very silent and good which create peace of mind. There are various festival celebrate.
Pandharpur is an important pilgrimage city on the Bhima river in Solapur district.
The Vithoba temple attracts about half a million Hindu pilgrims during the major yatra (pilgrimage) in the month of Ashadh (June-July). The worship of Vitthal in the Pandharpur temple is based mainly on the contents of the Puranas, and the contributions of the Vaishnav saints of Maharashtra and Karnataka during the 13th through the 17th centuries. The Pandharpur temple covers a large area, and has six gates. The eastern gate is known as the "Namdev Gate".
- Some Temple : Vishveshwar Mandir, Markandeya Temple, Balaji Temple, Rupabhavani Temple, Nagareshwar Temple, Temple of Lord Siddharameshwar, Ramling - Lord Mahadeo Temple, Lord Venkateshwara Temple - Daji Peth, Ganpati Mandir, etc.
- Akluj, Hutatma Garden, Mangalvedha:Saint Damaji etc.