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Tourism in Marathwada

Tourism in Marathwada refers to tourism in Marathwada region of Maharashtra state of India. Aurangabad city is a regional headquarter of Marathwada and tourism capital of Maharashtra state.[2] Out of 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra, 2 of them are in Marathwada.[3][4][5] Also there are 110 monuments in Marathwada which are protected by Government of Maharashtra and recognized by Archaeological Survey of India.[6] Marathwada is also important region for Religious tourism, out of 12 Jyotirlingas of Hindu God Shiva, 3 are in Marathwada.[7] Hazur Sahib Nanded is the second holiest place in Sikhism after Harminder Sahib (Golden Temple) of Amritsir.[8] There are also sufi shrines in Marathwada, most famous among them is Turabul Haq Dargah at Parbhani where thousands of people of all religion visits dargah annually.[9][10][11][12][13] Pathri in Parbhani district is birthplace of Sai Baba of Shirdi and Sai Baba Birth Temple in Pathri is one of major religious tourism place in Marathwada.

Marathwada
Bibi ka Maqbara.JPG
Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad
Districts1. Aurangabad, 2. Nanded, 3. Latur, 4. Parbhani, 5. Jalna, 6. Beed, 7. Hingoli, 8. Osmanabad
Largest cityAurangabad
DivisionsAurangabad division
Area64,590 km2 (24,940 sq mi)
Population(2011)1,87,31,872[1]

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CavesEdit

Religious tourismEdit

Hindu templesEdit

Jyotirlingas are known as "Sign of God Shiva". These are mentioned in Shiva Purana. It is believed that Shiva first manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga on the night of the Aridra Nakshatra, thus the special reverence for the Jyotirlinga. There is nothing to distinguish the appearance, but it is believed that a person can see these lingas as columns of fire piercing through the earth after he reaches a higher level of spiritual attainment. Though contested with other claimants elsewhere for each of these, there are the following Jyotirlingas in Marathwada.

other two Jyothirlings, Bhimashankar and Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple are in Maharashtra state, close to Marathwada.

Other major temples

Sikh gurudwarasEdit

 
 
Akal Takht Sahib
 
Damdama Sahib
 
Keshgarh Sahib
 
Hazur Sahib Nanded
 
Patna Sahib
Location of five Takhts of Sikhism in India.

Marathwada has been the 2nd most visited region by Sikhs in India after Punjab. Central Gurudwara in Marathwada is Hazur Sahib Nanded. Nanded has been associated with the first and the last of the Sikh Gurus. While Guru Nanak Dev passed through it during his extensive travels which took him as far south as Sri Lanka, Guru Gobind Singh spent his last years in Nanded. Bhai Daya Singh who is among Panj Pyare of Sikhism, lived in Aurangabad and Gurdwara named Gurdwara Bhai Daya Singh is established in Aurangabad which is visited by large number of Sikhs.[20]

Following are the major Gurdwaras in Marathwada:

  • Hazur Sahib Nanded: It is most sacred takht among Panj Takht of Sikhism.[21] It is known for annual event in November Guru Gaddi which marks establishment of Guru Granth Sahib as permanent Guru by 10th Guru Guru Gobind Singh. In 2008 on 300th anniversary of establishment of Guru Granth Sahib thousands of followers visited Gurdwara.[22][23]
  • Gurdwara Bhai Daya Singh: Gurudwara related to Daya Singh is in Aurangabad.
  • Gurdwara Nagina Ghat Sahib: Gurudwara is on river bank in Nanded.
  • Gurdwara Baba Banda Bahadur Ghat: Iis in Nanded, it is the place where Banda Singh Bahadur lived.
  • Gurdwara Hira Ghat Sahib: It is the place where Guru Gobind Singh first pitched his tent in Nanded on banks of Godavari river.
  • Gurdwara Mata Sahib
  • Gurdwara Shikar Ghat Sahib
  • Gurdwara Mal Tekari Sahib
  • Gurdwara Sangat Sahib

Islamic placesEdit

In history Marathwada was part of Mughal empire and Nizam of Hyderabad. Marathwada has its own Islamic heritage in the form of art and culture.

Following are some of important Sufism and Muslim leaders related places in Marathwada.

Monuments and fortsEdit

There are 110 state protected monuments in Marathwada out of total 244 state protected monuments in Maharashtra state.[24]

Following are some of monuments.

See alsoEdit

Outline of tourism in indiaEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ a b UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "Ellora Caves - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  6. ^ "List of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains of Arunachal Pradesh - Archaeological Survey of India". Asi.nic.in. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
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  13. ^ "उरुस". Ekmat. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Aurangabad Caves". ASI. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
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  19. ^ "ऐतिहासिक धाराशिव लेण्यांचे अस्तित्व धोक्यात" (in Marathi). Lokmat. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
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  21. ^ "Nanded set for tercentenary of Guru Granth Sahib". The Hindu. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
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  24. ^ "Protected Monuments". ASI. Retrieved 24 July 2015.