Pandharpur is one of most visited pilgrimage city of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Solapur district of Maharashtra on the bank of river Bhima. The river Bhima is also known as Chandrabhaga. The city is about 74 km away from sholapur railway station. Large number of pilgrims and devotees comes every day here for worship. Aashadi Ekadashi (June- July) and Kartiki / Kartik Ekadashi (November) are most important dates for Pandharpur pilgrimage. Every year thousands and thousands of people from Maharashtra and other part of India comes Pandharpur to celebrate Aashadhi and Kartiki Ekadashis. October – November is very attractive with Navararathri and Diwali festivals. There are many temples in Pandharpur, among which Vithoba Temple is the main temple which is situated in the central part of the town. The rituals which are performed everyday in the temple are Kakda Aarati, Mahapooja, Mahanaivedhya, Poshakh, Dhooparati, Padyapooja, Shejarti etc. Behind Vithoba temple, there is a temple of Rukmini, the consort of Vithoba. Lord Vithoba is one of the form of Lord Vishnu. The temples are beleived to be very old. One can see some inscriptions in the temple which are of 13th century.
It is believed that once Lord Vitthal (Vishnu) had visited this place to meet devoted son called Pundalik. But at that time, Pundarik was busy to serve his parents (father : Janudev, mother: Satyavati). So Pundarik gave a brick to Lord Vittal tostand and request him to wait. After serving his parents, he came to the Lord and apologizes for neglecting Him. But the Lord was very pleased by seeing his devotion towards the parents and aked him to request a boon. Pundalik requested him to remain on earth and bless all His devotees. The Lord granted his wish and lived here forever in the form of Vithoba which means God who stood upon a brick.
Name of other tample s in Pandharpur are as follows:
Namdev Payari – In memory of Shri.Sant Namdev,Ganesh Mandir, Datta Mandir, Garud Mandir, Maruti Mandir, Chowrangee Devi Mandir, Garud Khamb, Narsimha Mandir, Ek-mukh Dattatraya Mandir, Rameshwar Lingam Mandir, Kala Bahirav Mandir, Laxmi-Narayan Mandir, Kashi-Vishwanath Mandir, Satya-Bhama Mandir, Radhika Mandir, Siddhi-Vinayak Mandir, Mahalakshmi Mandir, Venkateshwar Mandir, Kanhopatra Mandir, Ambabai Mandir, Shani-Dev Mandir, Nagnath Mandir, Guptaling Mandir, Khandoba Mandir
Other Places Of Importance In Pandharpur:
Sant Kaikadi Maharaj Math
Sant Tanapure Maharaj Math
Climate and weather of Pandharpur:
Summer season : March to June (Minimum temp : 32°C , Maximum temp : 42°C)
Monsoon season : July to September (mild to average rainfalls)
Winter season : November to February ( Minimum temp : 10°C , Maximum temp : 25°C )
Fact File of Pandharpur:
Famous for/as : Pilgrim / Temple
Best Season to Visit: October to March
Clothing : Light Cottons clothing are comfortable during the summers and woolens during the winter.
Language Spoken : Marathi, Hindi, English and Urdu
STD Code : 021862
PIN Code : 413304
Altitude: 458 m
District : Solapur
State : Maharashtra
How to Reach Pandharpur :
By Air : Nearest airport of Pandharpur is 204 km away at Pune. From where one can take taxi to reach Pandharpur.
By Rail : Though nearest railway station is at Kurduwadi (distance : 54 km), but the nearest major railway station is at Solapur ( distance : 74 km).
By Road : Distance between some major cities and Pandharpur by road is as follows:
Chennai to Pandharpur – 1025 km
Delhi to Pandharpur – 1598 km
Kolkata to Pandharpur – 1786 km
Mumbai to Pandharpur – 361 km
Pune to Pandharpur – 211 km
Bangalore to Pandharpur – 641 km
Hyderabad to Pandharpur – 378 km
Ahmedabad to Pandharpur – 870 km
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