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Solapur
 
Solapur

Solapur is one of the four districts that form the region of Eastern Maharashtra the other three districts are Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli. It is the fourth largest district in Maharashtra in terms of land area (behind Ahmednagar, Pune and Nagpur) and seventh largest in terms of population. Solapur is a melting point with a confluence of Kannada, Marathi and Telugu cultures. It is an important junction on the Central railway line. Solapur is a city with an array of small and medium scale industries. It has been a leading center for cotton mills and power looms, though recent times have seen these industries relocate elsewhere. Bedding accessories made in Solapur ('chaddars') have earned fame and reputation for their novel designs and durability. The chief deity of the city is Shri Siddeshwar. The "Nandidhwaj" procession on Makar Sankranti fair is attended by millions of devotees.

Solapur is transport hub connecting Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and also Tamil Nadu. It is well connected by Road and Rail to major districts and cities. Akkalkot is the site of Akkalkot Swami Maharaj Math, visited yearly by huge number of people from Maharashtra and neighbouring Karnataka. Also an annual fair is held in the month of January wherein huge crowd comes from various parts of country, which is called as Gadda Fair in vernacular language.

Places of interest

* Duffrin Chowk the center of Solapur city
* Revani Siddheshwar Temple - Surrounded by Siddheshwar Lake. (solapur kuldaiwat)
* Sant Damaji Temple Chokamela Samadhi (51 km)
* Hotgi Saibaba Temple (having lake nearby)
* Markandeya Temple (Padmashali Telugu samaj kuldaiwat)
* Balaji Temple (near Telangi Paccha Peth)
* Rupabhavani Temple (near Bhavani Peth/Tuljapur Ves)
* Nagareshwar Temple
* Solapur - SHAH ZAHUR DARGAH SHEHENSHAHE SOLAPUR
* SOLAPUR - MALANG SHAH PEER ZILA PARISHAD
* Hipparga Lake - a scenic nature area (on the way to Tuljapur from city)
* Kambar Lake, newly named as Sambhaji lake (near Revani Siddheswar Temple)
* IndraBhavan - Solapur Municipal Corporation building
* Bhui-Kot Killa (Fort) - castle of 15th century and under the Bahamani period
* Hutatma Garden (Navi Peth)
* Pandharpur Vithoba Temple (70 km away)- Kuldaiwat of Maharashtra
* HAIDRA - Saifan mulk chishti dargah (near about 20 km from Akkalkot)
* Sanjay Gandhi Zoo (near Ravani Siddheswar Temple)
* Nannaj- Bird Sanctuary (25 km away)
* Tuljapur - Tuljabhavani Temple (45 km away)
* Naldurg Fort (approx. 45 km towards Hyderabad)
* Barshi "Bhagvant" Temple (approx. 70 km away)
* Mardi - Yamai Devi Temple (22 km north of Solapur city)
* Hattur - Shri Bansiddheshwar & Someshwar Mandir ( 14KM away from City)
* Aran - Sant Savta Mali Temple (60 km away/on pune solapur expressway)
* Wadval- nagnath temple
* Soregaon- Gajanan Maharaj Temple
* Gaudgaon Budruk- Hanuman Temple

* Kudal Sangam - Sangmeshwar Temple and first Marathi rock inscription and a rare Shivalinga (1000 faced)

* Akkalkot - Swami Samarth (35 km away) - One of the famous pilgrimage place in Maharashtra

 
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