Famous Temples and Spiritual Places in Maharashtra

Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, Nashik
Deity: Lord Shiva

Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple is an ancient temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, where the Hindu genealogy registers at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra are kept. The origin of the sacred Godavari river is near Trimbak.

The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Rudra. Due to the excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The Lingas are covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones.

Kalaram Temple, Nashik
Deity: Lord Rama

The Kalaram Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik city in Maharashtra. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in the city. The temple derives its name from a black statue of Lord Rama. The literal translation of kalaram is “black Rama”. The sanctum sanctorum also houses the statues of the goddess Sita and the god Lakshmana.

According to ancient epic of the Ramayana, Lord Rama was sent in exile for fourteen years. After the tenth year of exile, Lord Rama along with Lakshman and Seeta, lived for two and half years on the northern bank of the Godavari near Nasik. This place is known as Panchavati.

Bhimashankar Temple, Pune
Deity: Lord Shiva

Bhimashankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine located 50 km northwest of Khed (alias Rajgurunagar), near Pune. It is located 127 km from Shivajinagar (in Pune) in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri Mountains. Bhīmāshankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur. The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Trimbakeshwar near Nashik and Grishneshwar.

Aundha Nagnath Temple, Hingoli
Deity: Lord Shiva

Aundha Nagnath Temple (Marathi: औंढा नागनाथ मंदिर) is an ancient Shiva temple, located at Aundha Nagnath in Hingoli district of Maharashtra. Aundha Nagnath (Nageshwaram) is supposed to be the eighth of the twelve jyotirlingas in India, an important place of pilgrimage.

The present temple is said to have been built by the Seuna (Yadava) dynasty and dates to 13th century. The first temple is said to be from time of the Mahabharata and is believed to have been constructed by Yudhishthira, eldest of the Pandavas, when they were expelled for 14 years from Hastinapur. It has been stated that this temple building was of seven-storyed before it was sacked by Aurangzeb.

Grishneshwar Temple, Aurangabad
Deity: Lord Shiva

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, sometimes referred to as the Ghrneshwar or Dhushmeshwar Temple, is one of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva that is referenced in the Shiva Purana. The word Ghrneshwara means “lord of compassion”. The temple is an important pilgrimage site, and considered as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light). This pilgrimage site is located in Ellora (also called Verul), less than a kilometer from Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is about 30 kilometres north-west of the city of Aurangabad, and about 300 kilometres east-northeast from Mumbai.

Kailashanatha Temple, Ellora
Deity: Kailashanatha (Lord Shiva)

The Kailasha or Kailashanatha Temple is the largest of the rock-cut Hindu temples at the Ellora Caves of Maharashtra. A megalith carved from a rock cliff face, it is considered one of the most remarkable cave temples in the world because of its size, architecture and sculptural treatment. The top of the superstructure over the sanctuary is 32.6 metres above the level of the court below, although the rock face slopes downwards from the rear of the temple to the front.

The Kailasa temple (in Cave 16) is the largest of the 34 Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cave temples and monasteries known collectively as the Ellora Caves, ranging for over 2 kilometres (1.5 miles) along the sloping basalt cliff at the site. Most of the excavation of the temple is generally attributed to the eighth century Rashtrakuta king Krishna I , with some elements completed later. The temple architecture shows traces of Pallava and Chalukya styles.

Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Deity: Lord Ganesha

The Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra is a temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801. It is known as one of the richest temples in India.

The temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak (“Ganesha who grants your wish”). The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak (the eight manifestations of Ganesha in Maharashtra). The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well. The exterior of the temple consists of a dome which is lit up with multiple colors in the evenings and they keep changing every few hours. The statue of Shri Ganesha is located exactly under the dome.

Mumba Devi Temple, Mumbai
Deity: Mumbadevi Maha Amba Devi

Mumba Devi Mandir is temple in the city of Mumbai dedicated to the goddess Mumbā, the local incarnation of the Devi (Mother Goddess). It is said that the temple was built in 1675 near the main landing site of the former Bori Bunder creek by a woman also named Mumba. The creek and fort are now deteriorated to a point at which they are but derelict reminders of the city’s past. The temple, on the other hand, is still active.

The goddess Mumba was patron of the Marathi-speaking agris (salt collectors) and kolis (fisher-folk), the original inhabitants of the seven islands of Mumbai. She is depicted as a black stone sculpture in the temple. An etymology of Mumba that is popular is “Maha Amba,” or “Great Mother,” one of the many of India’s more well-known names for the Hindu Mother Goddess (Devi). Located in Bhuleshwar area in South Mumbai, the temple is in the heart of the steel and clothing markets. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot and place of worship. It is none of the tourist attractions of Mumbai.

Vithoba (Vitthal-Rukmini) Mandir, Solapur
Deity: Lord Vithoba (Vitthala)

The Vithoba Temple, officially known as Shri Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir (Marathi: श्री विठ्ठल-रूक्मिणी मंदिर) is a Temple in Pandharpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the main centre of worship for Vithoba, a form of the god Vishnu or Krishna, and his consort Rakhumai. It is the most visited temple in Maharashtra. The Warkaris start marching from their homes to the temple of Pandharpur in groups called Dindi (procession) to reach on Aashadhi Ekadashi and Kartiki Ekadashi. A dip in the holy river Chandrabhaga, is believed to have power to wash all sins. All the devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the idol of Vithoba.

In May 2014, the temple became the first in India to invite women and people from backward classes as priests. Although parts of the temple date to the 12th or 13th centuries, the existing structure mainly dates to the 17th century or later.

Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur
Deity: Mahalakshmi

The Shri Ambabai (Mahalaxmi)Temple of Kolhapur, is one of the most famous temples of the state of Maharashtra. The Temple is located on the banks of the Panchganga River, about 230km south of Pune.

The idol of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The Shri Yantra is carved on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion (the vahana of the goddess), stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag, the serpent of Vishnu.