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    Akkalkot Maharaj.

    While we were returning from Shirdi we had to stay at Solapur for the night . My son who knew my desire to visit Akkalkot, suggested that we can drive direct to Akkalkot first, which is just 38 KMS by road from Solapur and visit Akkalkot Maharaj's Mutt and the holy Samadi Math of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj and return to Solapur for night stay. We all agreed to his suggestion and proceeded to Akkalkot.

    Prior to Indian Independence Akkolkot was a small state ruled by Bhonsle dynasty. Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj came to Akkalkot at the beginning of 1856 and stayed there for 22 years till his mahasamadhi in 1878.The early life of Swami Samarth like that of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba is shrouded in mystery.

    This Saint is believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Dattatraya. The devotees worship the Samadhi of this Saint. The Death Anniversary is celebrated on Chaitra Shuddha Trayodashi every year. Large number of devotees visit the place everyday.

    The shrine complex, which is known the Vatavruksh Mandir since it encloses the banyan tree beneath which the swami would preach his message, is the hub of devotions for his followers. The present temple is built around famous banyan tree. Free accommodation and meals are provided to pilgrims by the Shri Swami Samarth Annachhatra Mandal. The temple consists of main temple, Sabha mandap and accommodation. Devotees Shri Swami Samarath throng this place for his blessings and peace of mind.

    The total period of reincarnation of Swamiji as the fourth Avataar of Shri. Datta is forty years of which he spent 22 years in Akkalkot. From the historic point of view Shri.Swami Maharaj brought to an end his avatar in 1878. But after three months, it is told that he resurrected and appeared before the faithful in Kashi (Varanasi).

    The holy Samadhi of Shri. Swamiji is located in the house of his devotee Shri. Cholappa in the place already reserved for it before his bodily demise. This is known as Samadhimath.

    Just before Mahasamadhi, Swami Samrath advised one of his disciples to worship Shri Sai at Shirdi saying that he (the Swami Samarth) would stay at Shirdi in future. Many published writings on both these Saints by different writers authenticate about the interaction between these two Sadgurus both in the gross, and the subtle planes.

    The spiritual fearless slogan in Marathi ‘Bhiu Nakos Mi Tujhya Pathishi Aahe' (Don’t fear, I am with you) is given by Shri. Swami Samarth Maharaj himself.

    We visited both the holy places in Akkalkot and had the blessings of Sri Swami Samarath. The Mutt management were very courteous and offered us room to stay and insisted on ourselves taking the Prasad (free meals) when we took leave of them. But due to our pre-arranged program we excused ourselves and proceeded to Solapur for night stay. Solapur has got good Lodging houses and Hotels for stay. It is centrally located for pilgrimages to Shirdi, Pandarpur and Akkalkot. Roads are good for traveling by Car.

    I request those who could get a chance to visit this Holy place without fail.

    Last edited by bmbcAdmin; 31-08-2012 at 05:20 PM. Reason: Images added

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