Pandharpur is one of the most prominent pilgrimage places in Maharashtra. It is located on the banks of the Bhimā river, which is alternatively known as Chandrabhāgā because of its half-moon-like shape. The city is named after a great merchant, Pundalik, who achieved self-realization there.
Mumbai --- Akkalkot - Gangapur -Tuljapur -- Pandharpur-- Mumbai
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Reached at Akkalkot.
Akkalkot is widely known for its association with Swami Samarth Maharaj, held by some to be a reincarnation of Lord Dattatreya. The Swami lived for over two decades at Akkalkot, mainly at the residence of Cholappa, where his Samadhi and shrine are now located. The shrine complex, The Vatavruksha Mandir , which also encloses the famous banyan tree beneath which the Swami would preach his message, is the hub of devotions for his followers.
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Sri Kshetra Gangapur, One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Sri Narasimha Sarasvati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima in Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. This Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas. The water of the rivers Bhima and Amaraja, especially at the spot of their confluence, are considered extremely holy.
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Bhavani was the tutelary deity of Maharaja Shivaji the valiant Maratha ruler and is held in great reverence throughout the state of Maharashtra. Bhavani is considered to be an embodiment of the ugra or ferocity, as well as a Karunaswaroopini - filled with mercy. Bhavani is worshipped in the form of a three foot high granite image, with eigh arms holding weapons, bearing the head of the slain demon Mahishasura. Bhavani is also known as Tulaja, Turaja, Tvarita and Amba.
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Pandharpur is one of the revered pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra. It is located 65 km west of Sholapur, on the banks of the river Bhimarathi also known as Chandrabhaga.Panduranga is a sanskritized form of Pandarga, the old name of Pandharpur. Pundalik, a saint was closely associated with this shrine, and hence this shrine is also known as Pundarika pura. Vithoba's consort is Rakhumai or Rukmini.
After Dinner Back to Mumbai
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