The state of Maharashtra is not merely a tourist destination that has plenty to offer in terms of historical and cultural heritage dating back to the ancient times. Maharashtra has a score of pilgrimage destination ranging from the pilgrimage destinations that center around mythology and mythological figures (e.g. Nasik; Warkar, Pune), those celebrating the achievements of their religious leaders and reformers (Shirdi, Haji Ali Shrine) to the new age pilgrimage destinations such as the Osho Commune at Pune.
Tourism of Central India offers specialized travel packages for your tour of the pilgrimage destinations in Maharashtra.
Pilgrimage Destinations in Maharashtra that you ought to visit on your tour:
Haji Ali Shrine
Nasik Pilgrimage Destination in Maharashtra
One of the four sites of Kumbh Mela that is held once in every 12 years, it is also known as the place where Lord Ram spent 14 years of exile. A confluence of faiths, it is home to numerous temples (Ram Kala Mandir and Ram Kund) and fortresses that are a landmark of Maharashtran cities and towns.
Shirdi Pilgrimage Destination in Maharashtra
Shirdi, near Nasik, is the most important pilgrimage destination in Maharashtra for the worshipers of Sai Baba. Sai Baba was a saint who preached religious tolerance and universal brotherhood. It is also believed that he had magical curative powers that could cure any ailment especially in those who had unflinching faith in him. Other places of interest around Shirdi include Dwarkamani Mosque, Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram that you can visit on your tour of pilgrimage destinations in Maharashtra.
Haji Ali Shrine in Maharashtra
Built to honor the accomplishments of the Muslim Saint Haji Ali, the shrine and the saint's mausoleum can be accessed only during the low tide as it famously built far into the sea and is connected to the shore by a narrow strip of walkway.
Siddhivinayak Temple in Maharashtra
Rebuilt on the site of a 200-year-old temple in the Prabha Devi area of Mumbai, Siddhivinayak Temple in Maharashtra is dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesh. The peculiarity of Lord Ganesh's idol at the temple is the direction in which his trunk turns. Usually it is in the left direction, but on your tour of the Siddhivinayak Temple in Maharashtra, you will notice that his trunk prefers to move in the other direction.
Alandi Pilgrimage Destination in Maharashtra
Alandi, where saint Dnyaneshwar attained samadhi at 21 years of age is a pilgrimage site set on the banks of the Indrayani River. It is frequented most during the two annual fairs of Ashadhi and Karthiki Ekadashi. On your tour of pilgrimage destinations in Maharashtra, you should visit the sacred samadhi of Dnyaneshwar and the Vithoba-Rakhumai Temple.
Trimbakeshwar Pilgrimage Destination in Maharashtra
Near to Nasik, the village of Trimbak is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple (dedicated to lord Trimbakeshwar) and the pious Godavari River. It is a significant pilgrimage destination in India because of its status as the main Jyotirlinga of the 12 known Jyotirlingas in India. You can also dip in the holy waters of Godavari River and Kushavarta Teertha to absolve your sins and attend the Monday morning prayers and the Shivratri Festival, as many devotees do, on your tour of the pilgrimage destinations in Maharashtra.