Let’s walk on the spiritual journey place around 1378 −1458 year Akkalkot where Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj once lived, a divine saint. Swami ji who was believed to be an incarnation of God Dattatreya.
Swami Maharaj lived for over two decades at Akkalkot, Solapur District, Maharashtra state. Swami stayed mainly at the residence of his disciple Cholappa, where his samadhi (tomb) and shrine are now located.
The shrine place is also known as the Vatavruksh Mandir since it is inclusive the banyan tree beneath which the swami would preach his message, is the hub of devotions for all.One gets feeling like we are not alone in world and somebody (Samarth) is backing them all the time.
Mahaprasad (kind of lunch (12:00 PM -2:00) and dinner (08:00 PM to 9:30 PM)) is available in Annachatra place.
Guru Mandir (ballappa Math): it is behind the Vatvrukha mandir (the shrine), where swami’s first (shishya) disciple stayed.
There is another place to visit is “Hakecha Maruti”. This place is at east to guru Mandir. Here chollappa maharaj (disciple of swami) did tapa. Also Ramdas-swami’s original Chipali (one kind of musical instrument) and charan paduka ( footwear) has been preserved in small hollow out.
Swami Samarth has taken samadhi (last breath) and body of Swami Samarath has been preserved at Samadhi Mandir(temple). This temple has huge front & attractive door. By following the divine path, one can nearly experience a zero meditation state and gets peace if stayed and sat for few minutes inside.
Our journey doesn’t stop here. let’s move on nearby places in Akkalkot as mentioned below..
Khandoba Temple :- This temple is to the north direction of Maharashtra State Transport bus station.
Mallikarjun Temple :- This temple is located between shri. Swami Samarth Samadhi math & bus station
New Palace & Armory Museum :- This is very good place to visit to love history armors . One of the biggest and valuable storage of armory. It near to the bus station. It contains various kind of swords/Spears from 16th century onward, short range and long guns (rifles) with 6 feet long barrel, 1857 machine guns. It also has collection of 18-19th century toys. Maintenance of museum is very poor and needs improvement. It has entry fee: 10+ Rs/person.
Raje Rayan Math :It is 2 km away from bus station. Another good place to visit around. Let’s continue the journey on divine path.