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"Maharashtra holds the famous pilgrim sites of Maha Kumbhmela, Shirdi and Bhimashanker as a tourist attractions. Feel for yourself the spirituality and devotion that hangs in the air of all the religious destinations in Maharashtra. Sojourn to these holy lands and wash away all your sins."
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Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nasik
Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nasik

Pilgrims of Maharashtra - Sanctify The Meaning Of Your Life

Maharashtra is not just known as a perfect tourist destination but it has also made its mark as a valuable pilgrimage destination. All the pilgrim sites are well connected to Mumbai both by rail and road. Apart from being pilgrim sites, these are well developed town centers as well . Nasik, Shirdi and Bhimashanker are the towns that are considered as a pilgrimage site. Other sites that are most visited are the Ashtavinayaka temple, Shree Sidhi Vinayaka temple, Trimbakeshwar and the Haji Ali Shrine.

Nasik - The Abode of Maha Kumbh Mela

Located around 183 km northeast of Mumbai, Nasik is situated on the banks of River Godavari surrounded by nine hills. Nasik, also known as the Grape wine capital of Maharashtra, is famous for the greatest religious show on Earth, the Maha Kumbhmela. It happens every 12 years and is abounded by over 3.5 million devotees from around the world. Apart from this, it is home to one of India's 12 Jyotirlingas from which the sacred river Godavari originates. Other places of mythological importance are the Panchavati, Ramkund and Tapovan. Accommodation is not a problem as Nasik is full of hotels ranging from the luxurious 5 stars to budget ones which cater to all basic needs of travelers. Nasik has its own rail head and is well connected to all the major cities of India. It also lies on NH-3 and state transport buses ply to and from Nasik regularly that makes it an easily accessible town even by road.

Shirdi - Famous For Living Legend 'Sai Baba'

Shirdi is the abode of Lord Sai Baba located 307 km of north east of Mumbai. It is situated far north of Ahmednagar district, south east of Nasik. Shirdi is famous as the site where Sai Baba spent most of life. He was a saint of extraordinary powers who could treat any ailment and used to solve the problems of his followers. The places that you can visit in Shirdi are Dwarkamai( the holy mosque), Samadhi Mandir, Lendi Baug(flower garden), Gurusthan and the Kandoba Temple. Most of the hotels are budget accommodations and are near the temples. To reach Shirdi, you have to get down at Manmad, which is the nearest railway station. From there you can catch State transport buses or can hire a taxi to Shirdi.

Ashatavinayaka Temples - Dedicated To Lord Ganesha

Ashtavinayaka temples as the name suggests, is the group of 8 temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha. These temples are situated at different locations but most of them are at a drivable distance from Pune. Each idol in all 8 temples is said to have different history and mythology. The differentiating factor between all these statues of Ganesha is the trunk direction and the position of these idols. The name of the Eight temples are as follows -

1. The Mayureshwar Temple, Moregaon
2. The Siddhivinayaka Temple, Siddhatek
3. The Balleshwar Temple, Pali
4. The varadavinayak Temple, Mahad
5. The chintamani Temple, Theur
6. The Girijatamek Temple, Lenyandari
7. The Vighnahar Temple, ozar
8. The Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon

Haji Ali Shrine - A Divine Mosque

Haji Ali Shrine was built by the devotees of Haji Ali as a homage to him. The mosque is situated in the middle of the sea, around 500 yards into it, with only a narrow path joining it to the mainland. The legend has it that Haji Ali, a wealthy Local businessman renounced all his earthly possessions and went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It is said that he died during his pilgrimage and spectacularly, his casket floated back to these shores. Under the roof, the body of the saint is kept in a tomb inside an exemplary silver frame inscribed with all the 99 names of Allah. The tomb is covered with attractive glass work. The shrine can be reached only during low tides because amidst rough weather and high tides, the narrow path is almost non negotiable. The lane gets submerged inside the water and it seems as if the holy place is floating in the mid sea with divine isolation. The shrine is very picturesque with a vast courtyard and refreshment stalls. The mosque lies opposite to Mahalakshmi Temple and can be accessed by Lala Lajpatrai Road.

Trimbakeshwar - Dedicated To Lord Shiva

Tribakeshwar is situated in the Trimbak village 36 km from Nasik. This temple is the source of the holy River Godavari and enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Rishi Gautam performed a rigorous penance pleased with which Lord Shiva granted his wish and brought down the three sacred rivers Ganga , Godavari and Gautami from Heaven to Earth. It is said that taking a dip in the holy waters of Godavari will relieve you of all your sins and bring you salvation. Monday is considered to be the main day and the idol of Trimbakeshwar is carried on the shoulder by the priests around the temple. The main attraction for the devotees is the festival of Shivratri which is celebrated with great zeal and attracts pilgrims from all over the World. This is the place to visit if you are looking for an experience which is greater than any in this world. Feel yourself being touched by the divine presence and take the eternal plunge into the depths of spirituality that will change your perception of life towards life. So come to this land of purity and remove all the trails of your past sins.

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