Location : Near solapur | Category : Religious Places | Distance from Pune : 288 KMs
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Akkalkot, an immensely popular pilgrimage site is situated 40kms south east of Solapur. Lying on the border of Karnataka, it was home to the 19th century saint, Shree Swami Samartha who is believed to be the second incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.
 
This is the place where Maharaj emerged from a banyan tree and where he lived for 20 years of his saintly life. He resided in his disciple Cholappa’s house where his Samadhi and shrine currently lie. The  Swami Samartha Mandir encloses the ‘Vatavruksha’ under which he preached and is believed that his voice still emanates from the tree.
 
The daily rituals begin early in the morning. Don’t miss the evening aarti at 8pm followed by the ‘Mahaprasad’. The Mandir Complex is clean and pleasant but the temple is usually pretty crowded so if possible try to select non-festive or religiously important days. Free accommodation and food is provided for the devotees.
 
SHIVPURI is located 3 kms to the north of the town of Akkalkot.
 
Swami Samartha is considered as an Avatar and a Divine Yogi from the Lord Dattartreya Lineage, known to be the earliest lineage of Masters. Guru Mandir was established under Swamiji’s guidance and blessings, and carries forward the lineage started by Him in 1857. Swamiji started the Guru Peetham (Lineage) with to revive this ancient wisdom and convey the true essence of knowledge to the world that was getting lost with time.  The Gurus succeeding Swamiji continued to spread His message and teachings amongst disciples. Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj, referred to as Shree by devotees worldwide was fourth in line of the Shree Swami Samartha Tradition.
 
Shree spread awareness about Agnihotra, a fire therapy, a technique for healing and finding inner peace which has transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world, by going beyond the man-made barriers of caste, creed, race, nationality and religion.
 
Shree founded spiritual retreat at Shivpuri, located 3 kms to the north of the town of Akkalkot to spread the message and knowledge of the Guru all over the world. Shivpuri is a Vedic Eco Community that blends ancient wisdom with modern technology. It is spread over 150 acres of organic farms, themed gardens and Ayurvedic plantation, the spiritual retreat is a global community that attracts visitors from all around the world. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Ashram to learn the concepts of Panch Saadhan Marg (PSM) taught by Shree and experience healing vibrations.
 
 

 

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By Mahesh Kadam
03 Jan 2014

I visit Akkalkot every year and I make sure it is on a Thursday. Because it is very crowded, the volunteers really rush everyone and I highly dislike it. Apart from that, Im always satisfied after visit to the Mandir. Bhakti Nivas is the best place to stay. It is clean and affordable.

By Arun Nadkarni
03 Jan 2014

Extremely peaceful and pious environment. The Mahaprasad was delicious and not a single morsel is allowed to be wasted. Since it is free, more and more people must donate towards this. It was rush-free when we visited and that was the best thing! I was at peace after praying quietly and to my heart’s content.

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