Antariksha Parshwanath Jain Mandir
Chamunda Devi Temple
Welcome to Washim,
Washim is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Washim known earlier as Vatsagulma was the seat of power during Vakataka dynasty. Washim is also known as Basi, an Arabic name that means "the one that smiles".
The most striking feature in the town in the Deo tank, flanked on one side by the temple of Venkateshwara and on another by that of Ramchandra. These all apparently date from the 18th century Washim in its religious aspect is called Watsa Gulma Kshetra, the sacred place of the gathering of Watsa and Legends about it are given in a Manuscript called Watsa Gulma Puran.
Devotees believe that Tirupati's Lord Balaji comes here for resting after the harvest. Shreekshetra Pohradevi is known as Kashi of Banjara community. In ancient times, it was the capital of King Wakatak. Hemadpanthi temples and numerous ponds have made the district famous. Some places to visit in the city are Chamunda Devi Temple, Antariksha Parshwanath Jain Mandir, Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj(Guru Mandir) etc.
Antariksha Parshwanath Jain mandir is situated at Shirpur. It is the ancient temple in the city. It is the temple of 23rd Tirthankar of Jain religion The large number of devottes of Jain religion visit this temple.
Balaji Talao, also known as Deo Talav, is a square tank bound with stone walls. During the construction of Balaji Mandir in 1770, a 'jalakrisdasthana' was laid down. This structure was meant to serve as a resting place for swimmers. Ganesh Chaturthi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated at this place with fervour. During this festival, idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in the tank.
The ancient temple of Balaji is said to have been first built by a local named Bhavani Kala, who was the Subhedar at the local Karanja Thana. He soon became highly respected and was appointed as the 'Divan' (minister) of Sabaji Bhosle and Janoji Bhosle. During the reign of Aurangzeb, apparently the temple idols were hidden beneath the soil, to be disovered years later by a horseman. Records show that the Balaji temple, Washim which is to be seen today was built over a span of nearly 12 years. Bhavani Kala not only built the main shrine for the idols, but also constructed a large area for visiting pilgrims so that they could stay within the temple complex. In addition, a separate area was constructed for the Brahmans to take their meals and rooms were built for administrative offices. The main idol of Balaji is made of black stone and is decorated with ornaments. At the entrance of the temple, you can see the etched words inscribed on the pillars which give the year of the temple as '1700 Shaka'. Some years ago, a stunning gold-plated dome was added to the temple's inner sanctum. On either side of the main Balaji Temple are 2 other temples: one dedicated to Vyankateshvar Balaji, and the other to Ramchandra. In the latter temple are images of Ramchandra, Lakshmana, Sita, Maruti and Rariha Krishna. The festival of Ramnavami is celebrated here annually.
The Chamunda Devi Temple is situated in the district is quite famous among the devotees. Large number of devotees come every year in this temple.
Washim is Known to have 108 tirthas, holy places or sacred springs, associated with different gods and rishis. The Padmatirtha is one of the chief Tirthas erected by Vishnu. This tirtha is basically is the temple of "Lord Shiva". This is one of the ancient temple in Washim. It is situated near a pond. The ambience of the temple is quite peaceful and spiritual.
This is also the ancient temple in the district. It is situated in the Taluka Manora.
This is the temple in Dawha Taluka Malegaon in the Washim district. It is made of white marbal. The sculpture of the temple are quite mesmerising.
Shri Nrusimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj is the 2nd avatar (incarnation) of Lord Dattatreya. Born in Karanja, He travelled far and wide in what are now known as the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. He achieved Sainthood and performed several miracles. He imparted spiritual knowledge to his disciples, many of whom themselves attained Sainthood.
This is the temple of Maharaj Sakharam in the washim district. It is situated Loni Taluka Risod in the district. This is the historic temple of Hindu religion.
The temple of Balaji at Washim is a considerbly old temple and was Constructed by Bhavani Kalu Who, rose to be the "Diwan" of Sabaji Bhosle and Janoji Bhosle. The temple was constructed in 1779 AD.Large number of devottes visits this holy place.
- Deo Tank, Hemadpanthi Temples etc.