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Pandharpur - Maharashtra's main shrine
Nov 19, 2008 12:18 PM 11427 Views


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We went over the weekend. Left on a saturday night by tain to Kurudwadi and from there and hours drive by bus. Connections are good and the roads smooth. Climate was pleasant throughout our 1 day stay. We checked into the Akhil Bharatiya Bhavsar Kshatriya Dharamshala which is within two minutes distance from the temple. This place is clean and well maintained with basic amenities of hot water and clean toilets(indian and western). Charges are Rs 150/- for samaj members and Rs 250/- for non members. Accessibility to the temple is the key factor here. The main town of Pandharpur is basically around the temple. Now of course it has expanded quite a bit. Autos are available for transport. Min charges Rs 10/-

The temple itself is very clean and well managed. There is no special darshan facility. The very aged and handicapped can take the short cut as we did. Normal darshan timeĀ  is about 4-5 hours but we came out in 45 mins thanks to my mothers walking problem.

Besides the main shrine of Vithoba is the Rukmini temple.

Apart from this a holy dip in the river Chandrabhaga and a visit to the Kaikade Maharaj museum are a must on every pilgrims itenarary, not to forget the holy feet. We skipped all that and only took the darshan of the two temples.

The area around the temple is also very clean and walking barefoot is not a chore.

Plenty of shopping for puja items in brass and copper. if you are interested in musical instruments there are a couple of shops for those as well. Haldi based kumkum is very popular from here as are the agarbattis which are locally made. Kandi pedas if you want to take some prasad home.

We shopped at Deodhar Kakades which had reasonable rates for the local cotton saris, jamkhanas/shatranjis, solapur bedsheets. Next to him is Badthals, more variety but more expensive too.

Food is generally the local preparation which is spicy and hot but tasty. We had lunch at Sakharams which served the traditional pitla, thecha etc.

There are direct trains to and from Mumbai but we had time constraints so chose to come to Solapur to catch the Sidheshwar exp back to Mumbai on monday morning and work too.

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