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Maharashtra : Temples

Maharashtra is considered as one of the strictest Hindu state where almost more than 80% of the Marathi population is Hindus. Marathi’s generally adore all Indian Gods but one can find the followers of Lord Ganesha in huge number. Apart from this Marathi’s also worship Lord Krishna in the form of Vithal Bhagwan. Besides this the followers of various Bhakti saints namely Deshastha Brahmin, Savata Mali, Saint Tukaram, Saint Namdev can also be found here. Given below is the brief description of the various temples located in the different cities of Maharashtra.

Ajanta Caves: Located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra Ajanta caves are the most popular tourist destination. These caves are declared by World Heritage Monument by the UNESCO. The major attractions of these caves are the beautiful paintings which are carved on the walls. Apart from this there five temples based on teaching of Buddhism.

Ballal Vinayak Temple: Situated in Pali near Kolaba region of Maharashtra this temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who is also the supreme deity of Marathi people. It is considered as one of the 8 sacred shrines of Lord Ganesha called as Ashtavinayaks.

Bhawani Temple: It is one of the oldest temples dedicated to the Goddess Durga who was the ancestral deity of Maratha ruler Chattrapatti Shivaji. Its history dates back to 13th century A.D and is believed to be an ancient Shakti Peetham, meaning the place of power. This temple is located at Tuljapur of Sholapur district in Maharashtra.

Bhimashankar Temple: The history of this temple dates back to 1750 A.D. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is adored as one of the Twelve Jyotirlingams which are considered as the shrines of Lord Shiva.

Chintamani Ganesh Temple: Located at Theur near Pune district of Maharashtra, this temple was constructed in 18th century and is considered as one of the 8 sacred shrines of Lord Ganesh.

Elephanta Caves: These caves have gained the world known recognition and are located 10 kms away from the Gateway of India at Mumbai. The temples inside the caves are carved out by cutting the huge rocks. These temples are dedicated to lord Shiva. The history of caves goes back to 5th century B.C.

Ellora Caves: There is a place in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra known as Ellora and as a result the caves in this region are called as Ellora Caves. These caves are assumed to be excavated more 1000 years back and depict the teachings of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism religions.

Ghat Shila Temple: Located in Tuljapur of Maharashtra, this temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. According to the belief the two lingams situated in the temple namely Rameshwar and Lakshmaneshwar are said to be established by lord Rama and his younger brother Lakshman.

Kaislash Temple: This temple is located in Ellora village which is 30 kms away from the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the largest excavations among the 34 excavation of Ellora caves. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and is carved out on piece of rock. Every year the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation organizes the Ellora Festival in this temple and in which large number people participate.

Temple of Mumba Devi: The history of temple is 6 centuries old. This temple is dedicated to the Mumbai city’s patron Goddess Mumba Devi and is located in the Bhuleshwar area of Mumbai. Mumba Devi  is considered as the resident deity of the Mumbai city and the city is named as Mumbai after her name.

Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur: The district of Kolhapur also recognized as Dakshin Kashi famous for large number of temples. The Mahalakshmi temple is one of most famous 4 Shakti Peetham in the state of Maharashtra and is dedicated to Goddess Maa Durga. The history of temple dates back to 18th century. The Garuda Mandap located inside the temple is designed in the ancient Maratha style and is the major attraction of the temple.

Siddhi Vinayak Temple: The history of this temple dates back to 18th century. The popularity of this temple can be seen from masses coming from different corners of India and through out the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The specialty of this temple is that the trunk of the Lord Ganesha’s image is turned towards right side where as generally in the ancient images it is tilted towards left.

Vithal Temple Pandharpur: Located in the Pune district of Maharashtra this temple is dedicated to lord Krishna-Vithal and Vishnu. It is one of the most sacred and visited temple of Maharashtra. Besides the three Gods there is also the picture of Rukmani Goddess.

Apart from these temples there are various other temples also located in the state of Maharashtra which are dedicated to various Hindu Gods and Goddesses and which are adored and visited by large of devotees from Maharashtra and from whole India every year. The major among them are Balalji Temple, Vrajeshwari Temple, Kapaleshwar Temple, Dattatreya temple, Muktidham Temple etc.
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