The Shri Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur is one of the Shakti peetha located in Maharashtra. The various puranas of ancient India, have listed 108 shaktipeethas where Shakti (the goddess of power) is manifested. Amongst these. Shri Mahalakshmi of the Karveer area (the area where the present town of Kolhapur is located), is of special significance. Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur is one of the six sites of the Shakti, where one can get both fulfillment of desires as well as salvation from them. It is therefore considered of even greater significance than Uttar Kashi, the place where one prays for salvation to Shri Mahalakshmi the consort of Shri Vishnu. The major tourist attractions of Pandharpur are the Vitthal Temple and Rukmini Temple. The Vithoba Temple is another significant temple . Known as "Sourthern Kashi of India", Pandharpur proudly hosts the "Kuladivat" of Maharashtra State- Shree Vitthal and Rukmini. Also known by the other names, Pandurang or Vithoba it is supposed to be The Supreme God of The Universe for all the Maharashtrians and an incarnation of Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
Daywise Itinerary Itinerary for Pilgrimage Tour Kolhapur - Pandharpur from Pune
Day 1 . Early morning departure to Kolhapur - ( 4 hrs drive ) visit Mahalakshmi Temple , checkin to hotel in Kolhapur , Evening visit Mahalakshmi temple for Evening aarti and puja and local temple visit or shopping and sightseeing in Kolhapur.
Day 2. Early morning departure to Pandharpur , visit Pandharpur vitthal temple and pandharpur temples proceed to Solapur ( 75km ) for overnight stay. other option is to return to pune ( this will be very taxing as travel time is around 5 hrs.
Day 3. Morning leave for Pune .
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