Temples of Maharashtra

India is a home land for many religions. Every single day there is a new celebration of faith. Maharashtra with its vast boundary has a fair contribution in all the religious celebrations. Going back to the pages of history, it is believed that India is a birth place for many religions. Centuries back many Buddhist, Jain, Hindu and Muslim monks were believed to have taken shelter in the caves of Maharashtra for ages together. Maharashtra gracefully hosts a wide range of people coming from different religion.

Elephanta Caves Temple, Kailash Temple, Girijaatmaja Vinayak, Siddhivinayak Temple, Varadvinayak, Mumbadevi Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur,Balalji Temple,Kapaleshwar Temple,Muktidham Temple,Trimbakeshwar Temple and Sai Baba Temple at Shirdi are the most famous ones. Adulation of God and celebration of various religious festivals throughout the year make Maharashtra a very colorful state.

Muktidham temple


Just about 7km from Nashik could be seen the pure white Muktidham temple near Nashik station. You soul would be engulfed in peace and holiness once you see the Muktidham temple which is made up of pure white marble. The temple has a very unique architecture with 18 chapters of Gita engraved on the wall. A visit to this temple is considered as equivalent to visit to 4 Dhams. Nashik is located in Western Ghat on the banks of Godavari River and is famous for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather.

There are many places of attractions around Muktidham temple. The holy tank of Ramkund, which is believed to have been the bathing place for Ram and Sita, the 2000 year old Pandavleni Caves, the picturesque view from the Someswar temple, and ofcourse the largest Artillery center of Asia, can also be reached on a hired car.

Kailash temple


Located at Ellora caves, the Kailash temple is world's largest and most complicated rock cut architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been carved out of a single rock. It is believed that it took for over hundreds of years to scoop out 200,000 tons of rocks to bring the temple in shape.

The unique part of this temple is its architecture. Instead of creating underground halls, this temple has been carved vertically down on the rock. The architecture of the temple can be divided into four sections: the temple itself, the entrance grate, Nandi shrine and the passages surrounding the courtyard. The idol of Lord Shiva inside the temple is huge. It measures 109 ft wide and 164 ft tall.

Mumbadevi temple


The six centuries old Mumbadevi Temple is situated in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai. Dedicated towards goddess Mumbadevi, the city of Mumbai was named after the Mumbadevi Temple. Mumbadevi is a Koli goddess, who is believed to be the original inhabitant of Mumbai. The goddess represents mother earth and is dressed in robe with silver crown, a gold necklace and a nose stud. Mumbadevi is flanked by a tiger in front that is believed to the career of the goddess, and a shrine of Devi Annapurna seated on a peacock on the left.

Tirupathi Balaji Temple


As a replica of the Tirupathi Balaji Temple, the Balaji Temple of Nerul, Maharashtra stands erect. Inside the temple there is the Bali Peethan and a tall Dhwaja Stambha. Beside these there are a few stair cases leading to the entrance hall which is also known as the Tiru Mamani Mantapam. The hall is guarded by two door keepers- Jaya and Vijaya.

There is also the Ardha Mantapam and Garbha Griham is constructed in granite stones which are also the exact replica of the Tirupathi temple. Devotees are only allowed to enter till the Ardha Mantapam. The idol of Balaji is placed at Garbha Griham. The festivals and other customaries of the temple take place in the Kalyan Mantapam. Thousands of devotees come here to listen to Bhajans, Keertans, Pravachans, and Kalyana Utsavam.

Trimbakeshwar Temple


Trimbak is famous for two things - The famous temple of Trimbakeshwar and the place from where the Godavari river origins. Located at a distance of 28 km from Nashik, the most unique feature of the Trimbakeshwar temple is that the Shiva Linga here bears three faces of the three almighty Gods of Hindu mythology - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. In Hindu mythology the Trimbakeshwar Temple is believed to the holiest place to offer worship. River Godavari originating from Trimbakeshwar makes it the most sacred place not only in Maharashtra but in whole India. People from all over the country come here to pay a pilgrimage and thus attend salvation.

Kalpaleshwar Temple


The Kalpaleshwar Temple is situated at Nashik. It is located on the banks of the Godavari River near Ramkund. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The most unique feature of this temple is that it does not have the statue of Nandi which is present in every other temples of Lord Shiva. The Kalpaleshwar Temple is considered to be the oldest temple of Nashik.

Cool breeze of the Godavari River creates a serine environment for the Kalpaleshwar Temple. Bestowed with natural beauty the Kalpaleshwar Temple is an ideal escape into the land of quietness. This divine temple definitely demands a visit.

Siddhivinayak Temple


The Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. The temple is flooded with thousands of visitors throughout the year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Inside the Siddhivinayak Temple there is a small hall with wooden doors, gold plated roof and an idol of Ganesh with four arms. There are also the carvings of Asthya Vinayak. The four armed Ganesh bears a lotus, an axe, modakas, and a garland of beads. The idol of Ganesh is also flanked by Ridhhi and Siddhi, two of his wives.

It is believed that if the Siddhivinayak Temple is visited every Tuesday it brings good fortune. The idol of Ganesh or Siddhivinayak has four arms and is made up of a black stone. It is 2.5 ft high and 2 ft wide. The idol has its trunk twisted on the right which is considered to be very auspicious. The sculpture has a third eye on the forehead which denotes the third eye of Lord Shiva.

Varadvinayak Temple


The Varadvinayak Temple is situated at Mahad village of Raigad District. The temple is east facing and is surrounded by figures of 8 elephants on all the sides. The northern side of the Varadvinayak Temple features the mouth of a cow and is known as Gomukh. Holy water flows through the Gomukh's mouth. There is a holy lake on the west.

There is a large hall inside the temple also known as Garbhagriha. There are the idols of Riddhi and Siddhi the two wives of Ganesha and the two idols Ganesh placed in the hall. The idols have their trunks twisted on the left. one of the idols is made up of white marble and the other is covered with orange vermillion.

Getting there:

Buses, Private cars and taxis, are all available. Frequent train services are available from Aurangabad and Mumbai and also other cities of Maharashtra. Package tours to these Temples are also available. Airports are also there in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Aurangabad.

Last Updated on 21 May 2013

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