Spiritual Places of Maharashtra

It is the state with rich cultural heritage and is a land of diligent spirituality and religious faith, which is reflected in the plenty of temples presented here. Maharashtra has to its credit pilgrimage centers with great landmarks in the evolution of Indian Temple architecture. Two of rock cut temples of India one is The Elephanta Cave Temple of Shiva and the second one is Kailasanatha Temple at Ellora are in Maharashtra stand for its great value.

Afghan Church

Location: Colaba area of Mumbai
Get There: In Mumbai there are types of airport i.e. international and national airport and Mumbai is the nearest railway station.
Build In: 1847
Best Time to Visit: November to January

The Afghan Church of Mumbai is the oldest and famous church of Mumbai and it is located southernmost part of the city, Navya Nagar, in the Colaba area of Mumbai. It is also known as “John the Baptist memorial”. It is dedicated to the soldiers who died in the Sind campaign of 1838 and the Afghan War of 1843. This was the first church of the famous Victorian architect and looks of its church is superb because of its stained glass window and Gothic arches.

Shirdi

Location: 83 kilometers from Ahamednagar district, 100 kilometers from Nasik and 15 kilometers from Kopargaon, Maharashtra. Dedicated to: Sai Baba
Build In: 1922
Get There: Nasik is the nearest airport (75 kilometers) and Kopergaon on Daund-Manmad Line is an important railway station about 16 kilometers Shirdi.

It is the most popular pilgrimage for all religions. Shirdi is a small town in Kopergaon county of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra state. It is some 200 miles east of Mumbai (Bombay) and 130 miles north of Pune. Every year thousands and thousands of devotees come to the Darshan and offer the prayer to Sai Baba who is the fakir. Shri Sai Baba's life and teachings are well documented in Sai Satcharitra by Shri Hemadpant in Marathi which was personally blessed by Shri Sai Baba. Samadhi Mandir and Dwarka Mai are also the holy and visiting place of Shirdi. Shirdu Sai Baba visited Shirdi when he was sixteen years old and stayed there until his death in 1918. Ganesh Festival is the most celebrated festival of Mumbai.

Siddhivinayak Temple

Location: Prabha Devi Dadar, Mumbai
Dedicated To: Shree Ganesh
Build In: Mr. Laxman Vithu and Mrs. Deubai Patil in November 19th, 1801.
Get There: Thane is the nearest railway station. Mumbai is the well connected to the major cities by air, bus and road. All through the year.

This temple is dedicated to Siddhi Vinayak. There is the small Mandapam hall where the statue of Shree Ganesh is enshrined. Boasting of exquisite architecture, the sanctum sanctorum has been fitted with wooden doors that have been meticulously carved with the images of the Ashtavinayaka (the eight manifestations of Lord Ganesha). Tuesday is the main day of darshan and puja, but this temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees’ every day. Near the main entrance of the temple complex, there is a beautiful image of Lord Hanuman. This is the most visited temple of the India.

Haji Ali Mosque

Location: Arabian Sea some 500 yards from the shore, Mumbai.
Dediacted To: Saint Haji Ali
Built In: 1413
Get There: Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport) is the nearest airport and Mumbai is the railway station which is connected to western and central railway.
Best Time to Visit: June to August

This tomb is of Haji Ali, who died while on a Haj journey to Mecca. The mosque is named after a wealthy Muslim merchant Pir Haji Ali Shah, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on a holy pilgrimage to Mecca. The beautiful white mosque is situated in the Arabian Sea where thousands and thousands of devotees of all religion come here to offer the prayer. There is a separate area for men and women to pray. The main hall has pillars on which the ninety nine names of Allah are written.

Kailash Temple

Location: near Ellora about 30 kilometers from Aurangabad.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Famous Festival: Ellora Festival (December)
Built By: King Krishna
Get There: The nearest airport to Ellora is at Chikalthana which is 106 kms and is directly linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. Aurangabad is the closest railhead which connects to the all major cities.
Best Time to Visit: December

The complicated rock cut architecture of Kailash temple is popular all over the world, located at Ellora caves. The major thing of this temple is that the statue of Lord Shiva has been carved out of single rock. There are about 34 cave temples all over India out of which 12 are most impressive. This temple is one of the most attractive. The temple is in form of pyramid design. Within the courtyard are two structures. As a traditional in Shiva temples, an image of the sacred bull Nandi fronts the central temple housing the lingam.
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