Solapur

Solapur is in south eastern Maharashtra, India. Solapur is one of the biggest cities in Maharashtra, situated near the borders with Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Gramdiwat of Solapur is Siddharameshwar. Solapur is located on the major road and rail routes between Mumbai and Hyderabad, on banks of river Sina. It is famous as a center of Jains.

Points of Attraction

Siddheshwar Lake, Pandharpur, Mangalwedha, Machnur, Akklakot, Ground Fort, Siddheshwar Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Parasnath Temple, Adinath Temple, Masjids, Churches and Agyari are the attractions of this place. Bhui-Kot Castle - castle of 15th century and under the Bahamani period, Hutatma Garden, Tuljapur - Tuljabhavani Temple (45 km away), Naldurg Fort (approx. 45 km towards Hyderabad). Hipparga Lake - a scenic nature area.

Pandharpur is the holiest place in Maharashtra for Hindus, with its Vitthal-Rakhumai temple on the banks of the Bhima river. This river is called as 'Chandrabhaga' because of its shape is like half moon. It is only 70 km from Solapur.

Akkalkot is only 38 km from Solapur which is a holy place due to the shrine of Akkalkot Swami. Akkalkot is considered to be an important center of Datta. The Vatavriksha Temple of Shri Swami Samartha and Akkalkot Swami math are important religious places, which are visited by many devotees.

Tuljapur is in Osmanabad District, 40 km from Solapur has goddess Tulja Bhavani. She is known as the family deity of Maharashtra and especially Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. The slogan of the Maratha warriors is "Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji".

Across the border in Gulbarga District of Karnataka, is Ganagapur, another place of pilgrimage. The city of Bijapur in Karnataka, 109 km from Solapur, is widely known for its 'Gol-Gumbaj', a highly regarded piece of architecture.

Transportation

Local Municipal Bus Service is available for local trasportation. Solapur is 433 km away from Mumbai and 244 km from Pune. Solapur is well-connected with metro-cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore with rail and roads.

Speciality

Solapur has many educational institutes. Government Polytechnic Solapur, Dr. Vaishampayan Memorial Medical College, College of Architecture, Dayanand Institutions Founded in 1940, Solapur University, Walchand Institute of Technology these are some educational institutes in Solapur.

Solapur has some great personalities like Dwarkanath Kotnis, Walchand Hirachand Doshi, Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Power (Delhi), Former Chief Minister (Maharashtra), Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Gupta, SEBI.