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    Solapur is one of the important district of Maharashtra State of India. It is located in the southern part of Maharshtra. The district consist of eleven Talukas. The headquarter of North Solapur and South Solapur Taluka is the Solapur city itself.

    The famous religious places like Pandharpur and Akkalkot are in Solapur district only. The Bhagwant Mandir of Barshi is well known. Sant Damaji of Mangalwdha is also one of the important personalities of the district.Solapur has its own history. Once it was known as Textile Capital. It was also known as the Labour city in olden days.

    Solapur is transport hub connecting Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is well connected by Road and Rail to major districts and cities.The national highways 9, 13 and 211 pass through Solapur city.

    One can get down at Solapur to proceed to famous religious place Tuljapur which is just 48 kms from Solapur city but is located in Osmanabad district and even if one wants to proceed towards Bijaour, a famous historical place, 98 kms from Solapur.


Vitthal temple,Pandharpur
    A small town called Pandharpur in the district of Solapur in Maharashtra is one of the most respected Vitthala (Krishna) pilgrimage sites of the country. Pandharpur is the abode of the famous Lord Vitthala also known as Panduranga, Pandhari or Vithoba enshrined in the Vithoba temple. This temple is the greatest center of attraction in Pandharpur for the masses as far as the spiritual field goes. This temple has a total of six gates and covers a large area.

    Pandharpur hosts four "Yatras" in a year. The "Aashadhi Yatra" is the one which attracts most pilgrims (around 0.5 to 0.7 million) to Pandharpur every year. Devotees take holy bath in river Bhima and usually stand in long queues in order to take "Darshana" of Lord Vitthala. The second important yatra is "Kartiki". The huge crowds that accompany the palanquins of the various saints to Pandharpur gives a clear image of the popularity of Vithoba in the region.


Akkalkot
    Akkalkot taluka is bordered by the sister-taluka of south Solapur to the west, and by the state of Karnataka (districts Gulbarga and Bijapur) on all other sides. The taluka covers an area of 1,407 km². and contains 138 villages, apart from the town. The total population of the taluka is approximately 290,000 (2001 census), giving a population density of 209 per km². The soil is classified as 'medium to deep black' and is of rich quality. Jawar, Bajra and Pulses are the main crops grown in the taluka.

    Akkalkot is widely known for its association with Swami Samarth Maharaj held by some to be a reincarnation of Lord Dattatreya. Swami Maharaj lived for over two decades at Akkalkot, mainly at the residence of Cholappa, where his Samadhi and shrine are now located. The shrine complex, The Vatavruksha Mandir , which also encloses the famous banyan tree beneath which the Swami would preach his message, is the hub of devotions for his followers; free accommodation and meals are provided to pilgrims by Swami Samarth Annachhatra Mandal also.The other shrine is of Samadhi of Akkalkot Swami located at some distance from the main shrine but in the city limits. The temple to lord Siddhayappa, near the town of Hannur, is another notable attraction that lies within Akkalkot taluka. Many devotees, especially those belonging to the Lingayat sect, come from far and wide to worship here. Of late, the idol is kept outside and prayers are chanted in by the priest. Free meals are offered to the devotees.The temple to Goddess Yellamma is situated in the village of Konhalli, a few kilometres from Akkalkot.


Wldlife and Bird Sanctuaries,Nannaj
    Due to the rapid concretisation of the lands and urbanisation, the shelter places of the animals, birds etc. are getting diminished and these creatures are finding it very difficult to survive  and some species are becoming extinct.

    Looking at this grave situation, the local Governments have swung into action and taken steps to declare some of the Wldlife and Bird Sanctuaries all over the country to preserve the rare species of Animals and Birds.

    The Great Indian Bustard (Maldhok) is one of  such rarest birds of Indian Sub continent. The Bird is found only in some parts of  Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh States. The respective State Governments have declared the sancturies for the Great Indian Bustard.

    The Government of Maharashtra declared Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary in 1979 with the sole objective of conserving the rarest species of Great Indian Bustard which are endangered with extinction. The sanctuary consists of the area of North Solapur, Madha, Mohol and Karmala Talukas of Solapur District and Karjat, Shrigonda, Newasa Talukas of Ahmednagar District covering a total area of 8496.44 sq.kms.This bird has been included in the Schedule-1 of Wildlife Act 1972 and accordingly due protection has been given to this bird. The headquarters of the sanctuary are Nannaj of Solapur District and Rehekuri of Ahmednagar District.


Siddheshwar Temple
    Solapur is a district in Maharashtra. The city of Solapur is the district headquarters. It is located on the southeast edge of the state and lies entirely in the Bhima and Seena basins. The Bhima River drains the entire district. It is an important junction in the north-south railway line. Solapur is a town with an array of small and medium scale industries. It is a leading centre of cotton mills and power looms. Solapur bedsheets (`chaddars`) have earned fame and reputation for their novelty and durability. (wikipedia encyclopedia) The chief deity of the city is Shri Siddheshwar. The `Nandidhwaj` procession on Makar Sankranti fair is attended by millions of devotees. Akkalkot is the site of Akkalkot Swami Maharaj Math, visited by a huge number of people from Maharashtra and neighbouring Karnataka.

    The Historical Siddheshwar Temple is in the midst of a lake surrounded by  water. It is one of the most picturesque landmarks in solapur.

    The Fort Bhuikot is one  also a place to visit , which need attention from the archeological department.