Santa Bhoomi ( Land of saints) - Maharashtra
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Most people of Indian origin who have settled abroad would like to know how they can travel to temples of dieties or saints whom they revere and follow. Among the various saints of Maharshtra , the most popular are ; Shree Swami Samartha ( Akkalkot) , Shree Sai Baba ( Shirdi) and Shree Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon.
The list of saints who have lived in Maharashtra are numerous . One is sure to miss some great names in a list. yet the names that come to mind easily are Sant Ramdas swami, Balekundrikar maharaj, Tembe swami, Shankar Maharaj, Bidkar maharaj, Tajjuddin baba, Adkuji maharaj, Zingajhi Maharaj, Anant Maharaj, Narayan maharaj, Narsing Maharaj, Sailani Baba, Nityanand Swami, Gajanan maharaj of Akkalkot , Gulab maharaj, Swami Sut, Meher baba, Pitamber maharaj, and sant Jyaneshwar Mauli.
Akkalkot is a 30-45 minute drive from Solapur which is in Southern Maharshtra . It is home to Swami Samarth's samadhi . It is a small unpolluted village and stay arrangements are possible in temple premises or in Gopal Krishna Mandir. New staying facilities are being added. The main temple is the Vata Vriksha devasthan , a few minutes walk from the samadhi mandir. Near the samadhi mandir in Govind Pujari's house is a swayambhu ( self formed naturally ) Ganesha from the roots of mandaar tree . This tree after 21 years forms the shape of Ganesha if the tree is appropriately worshipped. Please do take darshan of this self formed Dhundiraaj Ganesha which shows up once in 300 years .
You can go to Solapur and Akkalkot by Road or by railway from Mumbai, Pune , Bangalore.
Shirdi is the place where Shri Sai baba Samadhi is . Please visit google search and you will have ample material on Shirdi and Sai Baba . Shirdi is close to the town of Nasik which is famous for grapes and wineyards. It is 4 hour drive from Mumbai - approx. 300 km to Shirdi.
You can go to Shegaon from Mumbai, Nagpur or Pune by train or by Road. Akola is closest town . It is approx 708 km from Mumbai on Mumbai - Nasik- Jalgaon- Bhusawal- Akola route .
for more information on Gajanan maharaj , pleae visit www.gajanan-shegaon.com