Vitthal Temple, Pandharpur – lord krishna as vitthal murthy with consort rukmini
A mandir popular for unique offering dindi- Vitthal Temple Pandharpur
Padharpur is main pilgrim center in maharashtra to worship the form of lord vishnu with his consort rukmini. In recent days it got the unique peculiarity all over india by inviting backward class ladies as the priests. Vitthal Temple Pandharpur is located at solapur district in maharashtra. this is one of the most visited pilgrim destination. vitthal temple padharpur located at the banks of the holy water chandrabhaga , is a tributary of indus river. vithal mandir also known as vithabha temple. vithal is one of the form of lord krishna. during the rainy seasons it will partially merged in the water source.
A dip in the holy water source chandrabhaga will clears all the sins of devotees, this is one of the popular spiritual center in Maharashtra. The prime deity is lord vithal with his consort placed in the sanctum sanatorium. It is considered as one of the ancient temples in india by got the writings got from here. but the current structure was made by the peshwas from Pune. A beautiful hill rock at the banks of river chandrabhaga leaded by the flight stairs. Another main feature of this mandir is about the praying, devotees never need the material things by the blessings.
Ashadhi ekadashi is the great celebration at Vitthal Temple Pandharpur, devotees from the many places of solanpur start walk by chanting the slogans of deity and headed to the temple on that particular day. this event called dindi procession. during ashadhi ekadashi the city will give a great spiritual inspiration by the presence of devotees. The first step to the mandir is called namdev chi apayari, that means the step of namdev.
Air- The nearest airport is at Lohegaon at a distance of 156 km
Train- Padharpur and Bohali are the closest rail heads to the temple
Bus- Bus services are easily available from Padharpur bus station.