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Welcome to visitsolapur.com, your official Solapur city guide. Visit Solapur's world class attractions, shops and restaurants and enjoy exciting special events, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions and more. Standing testimony to the rise and fall of a many a powerful empire- first the Mughals, then the Marathas and finally the British- Solapur is an important centre of trade.
The Siddheshwar Temple is an iconic temple situated in the middle of a beautiful lake and is surrounded by water on all sides. It is ranked as the most picturesque tourist spots in the entire city of Solapur.The temple was constructed by Sri Mallikarjuna’s devoted disciple. Sri Mallikarjuna belonged to Srisailam from Shri Siddharamehswar. The idol of Siddheshwar signifies the holy incarnation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu who went by the same name.The lake that the temple is located upon is the Siddheshwar Lake and consists of three gates that allow you to enter the courtyard on the inside of the temple. Nearby lies a luscious green garden that houses a small shrine dedicated to Saint Nalatwad. The temple complex also accommodates a few shrines built in worship of Lord Vithoba and Goddess Rukmini.The temple is worth at least one visit while you’re in Solapur.x
The Bhuikot Fort is a major attraction around Solapur. It was built during the period of rule under the Bahamani Dynasty in the medieval times – the 14th Century A.D. to be precise. History has it that Aurangzeb spent quite some time in this very fort. Once it was handed over to the Peshwas, Bajirao II too resided over here.The fort is popular for its Animal Park that is home to several animals like the duck, the peacock, the rabbit and the monkey, amongst many others. Children will enjoy the plenty amusement facilities that are available here.This locale is ideal to spend some quiet time with your family gazing at the rabbits or simply viewing the picturesque locale.There is a nearby well that is octagonal in shape and is also as dated as the Bhuikot Fort.x
The Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, located in Solapur is famous for the rare bird great Indian bustard, also known as maldhok. This sanctuary covers an area of around 8000 sq km and is a natural habitat of blackbuck, wolf, Indian fox, hyena and mongoose.x
Pandharpur is one of the most prominent pilgrimage places in Maharashtra. It is located on the banks of the Bhimā river, which is alternatively known as Chandrabhāgā because of its half-moon-like shape. The city is named after a great merchant, Pundalik, who achieved self-realization there. Pandharpur, also known as Pandhari, hosts the renowned Vitthal temple on the banks of Bhimā. "Vithoba", "Pāndurang", and "Pandharināth" are the popular alternate names of the deity, Viththal, who is regarded in Hinduism as a form of Lord Krishna, who, in turn, is considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Rakhumāi or Rukmini is Viththal's consort in the temple. The worship of Vitthal in the Pandharpur temple is based mainly on the contents of the Puranas, and the contributions of the Vaishnav saints of Maharashtra and Karnataka during the 13th through the 17th centuries, namely, Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Gora Kumbhar, Chokhamela, Eknath,Tukaram, Purandara Dasa, Vijaya Dasa, Gopala Dasa, and Jagannatha Dasa, have augmented the worship. The Pandharpur temple covers a large area, and has six gates. The eastern gate is known as the "Namdev Gate". Pandharpur hosts four annual pilgrimages ("yatras") of Hindu devotees. Among them, the pilgrimage in the month of Ashadh (June–July) in the Hindu calendar attracts the largest number of pilgrims—around 0.5 to 0.7 million people. The pilgrimages in the months of Kartik (October–November), Magh(January–February) and Shravan(July–August) attract the second, third and fourth largest numbers of pilgrims respectively. This has been a great place to visit for devotees all over India. There are some other important holy places around Pandharpur. The deities include Goddess Tulja Bhavani (Goddess of family - KulDevata of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) at Tuljapur, Saint Shri Swami Samarth (God Form of Dattatreya) at Shri Kshetra Akkalkot, Lord Dattatreya at Ganagapur etc. All these places are located in or near Solapur District. Famous Devi Temples in Pandharpur include Padmavati, Emayi –Tukai, Ambabai, and Lakhubai.x
Akkalkot is the City of Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj… deity of lakhs of people in Maharashtra and other parts of India… It is situated just 35 Kms from Solapur. Shree Swami Samarth is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shree Dattatraya. The places to be visited: Shree Swami Samarth Mandir also known as Vatavruksha Swami Mandir. Shree Swami Samarth Samadhi Math. Museum near S.T. Stand. How to reach: There are Maharashtra State Transport Buses from Solapur very frequently. Also there are direct S.T buses from almost all cities in Maharashtra and nearby states. You can also plan to visit Akkalkot along with other places like Gangapur, Tuljapur etc. by hiring a taxi.x
Karmala is known for the Kamala Bhavani Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kamaladevi. It is believed to have been constructed in 1727 by Rao Raje Nimbalkar in the Hemadpanthi style. The entrance doors of this temple are situated in the east, south and north directions. The temple complex has 96 steps, 96 pictures, 96 pillars and 96 overlays. The Navratri festival and an annual festival, from Kartik Poornima to Ganesh Chaturthi, attract tourists to the temple. The nearby Maldhok Bird Sanctuary is home to large population birds and animals like deer, squirrel and mongoose.x
Indra Bhawan was constructed and established a century back in 1907. It was set up by the Late Shri Appasaheb Varad. The building is a three storeyed structure that is currently managed by the Solapur Municipal Corporation. This attraction can be visited on all days from 11 in the morning to 6 in the evening.x
A small village in South Sholapur taluka situated at the confluence of the rivers Sina and Bhima, Kudal is also known as Kudal Sangam and has, according to the Census of 1971, a total population of 348 souls. It has a primary school. Rivers Sina and Bhima form the main source of water-supply. The Sholapur Zilla Parishad has recently constructed a rest-house at Kudal with a view to attracting tourists to the Hemadpanti temple of Sangameshwar which is the only object of interest in the village. Besides the temple, the village has religious importance situated as it is at the confluence (sangam) of the Bhima and the Sina. Both the temples at Kudal are considered to be fine specimens of Hemadpanti architecture and hence an attraction for the religious-minded devotees. One of the temples is said to have been constructed during the reign of Chalukyas while the other is said to have been constructed about five hundred years later. The area round about the temple has also become a picnic spot. An annual fair is held in honour of the god Sangameshwar in Pausha (December-January). About two thousand people assemble at the time of the fair. Many people visit the temple on Amavasya (no-moon) day of every month.x
Hazrat Shah Zahur Dargah is devoted to a Muslim Saint called Hazrat Shah, who is believed to have performed various miracles. The major attraction of this site is the festival organised annually on the 10th, 11th and 12th day of the Muslim month Safar.x
Sushilkumar Shinde (born 4 September 1941; Solapur, Maharashtra) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra, and the current Minister of Home Affairs in the Manmohan Singh government. He is also the Leader of the house in Lok Sabha, the first Dalit to hold that job replacing Pranab Mukherjee.x
Atul Kulkarni (born 10 September 1965) is an Indian actor who has won two National Awards and has attained the superstar status in Marathi film industry after successful movies like Valu (film) and Natarang. Kulkarni won a National Award for his portrayal of Shriram Abhyankar in the film Hey Ram. Although he started his career in theatre, he has won critical acclaim for his performances in films like Page 3 and the Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti. He has acted in several Marathi movies including Maati Maay (A Gravekeeper's Tale) that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. He has achieved superstar status in Marathi Films with the success of blockbuster movie of year 2009–10 Natarang. Kulkarni is currently the president of Quest a research-action organisation concentrating on enhancing quality of education.x
Maqbool Fida Husain (17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) commonly known as MF Husain, was an Indian-Qatari painter and Film Director. Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and sombre. His themes—usually treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, theRamayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. One of the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artists of the 20th century, he also received recognition as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker.x
Dr. Jabbar Patel (born 23 June 1942, Pandharpur) is a theatre and film director of India. His production of the play Vijay Tendulkar's play Ghashiram Kotwal, in 1973 is considered a classic in Modern Indian Theatre. He is the maker of classics films in Marathi cinema, like, Samna (film) Jait Re Jait (Mohan Agashe, Smita Patil), Umbartha (Smita Patil, Girish Karnad), Simhasan (Nana Patekar, Shreeram Lagoo, Reema Lagoo ). Some of his other films are, Mukta, Ek Hota Vidushak, and Musafir(Hindi). His most acclaimed film is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar released in 1999. He won the 1995 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integrationfor his Marathi film, Mukta.x
Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis (October 10, 1910 in Solapur, Maharashtra, India – December 9, 1942, in China; was one of five Indian physicians dispatched to China to provide medical assistance during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938. Besides being known for his dedication and perseverance, he has also been regarded as an example for Sino-Indian friendshipand collaboration. Along with the Canadian Dr. Norman Bethune, he continues to be revered by the Chinese people. In April 2005, both their graves were covered completely in flowers donated by the Chinese people during the Qingming Festival, a day used by the Chinese to commemorate their ancestors.x
Pahlan Ratanji "Polly" Umrigar (28 March 1926 – 7 November 2006) was an Indian cricketer. He played first-class cricket for Mumbai, and Test cricket in the Indian cricket team, mainly as a middle-order batsman but also bowling occasional medium pace and off spin. He captained the Indian team in eight Test matches from 1955 to 1958. When he retired in 1962, he had played in more Tests (59), scored more Test runs (3,631), and recorded more Test centuries (12), than any other Indian player. He scored the first double century by an Indian in Test cricket against New Zealand in Hyderabad.x
Mr. Yatin Shah is the founder and Managing Director of Precision Camshafts Limited, the world’s leading camshaft manufacturing company. Leading a group of over 2000 employees, Mr. Yatin Shah has been the strategist and mind behind the vision called Precision. Owing to his roots in manufacturing, Mr. Yatin Shah has successfully built an organization with expertise in engineering, quality, R&D and processes that have today set global benchmarks. With an earnest ability towards building relationships, Mr. Yatin Shah has been instrumental in the foray of PCL into new markets across Russia, Europe, India, South East Asia and the United States of America and has acquired over 40 domestic & international customers. Taking the organic and inorganic route, Mr. Yatin Shah has been actively involved in setting up world class facilities and the most enviable customer base with the world majors in automobile, some of them being General Motors, Ford, BMW and Porsche along with the domestic majors like TATA Motors, Hyundai and Maruti to name a few. One of his many achievements include redefining industry practices resulting in improved business efficiencies. Mr. Yatin Shah is currently leading the organization towards a 1000 crore vision and leading the expansion portfolio for the organization. Under his leadership, Precision has received many awards and much recognition. Precision Camshafts Limited was awarded the most coveted ‘Best Exporter of the Year Award’ instituted by CNBC and DHL in SME Engineering sector as well as the ‘Overall Best Exporter of the Award’ for 2007-08. It also won the ‘Excellence in Export Award’ instituted by Dun and Bradstreet and CRISIL. A commerce graduate from Mumbai University and an MBA in Finance and Computers from Pune University, Mr. Yatin Shah worked with Bharat Gears Ltd and Sona Steerings Ltd. before returning to Solapur and beginning the journey of running one of the most successful auto component companies in India. A person with many facets, Mr. Shah is actively involved in the development of Solapur as a city. For his dedication in the area of community service, Mr. Shah has been bestowed with many awards, some of them being the Rotary Centennial Excellence Award, the Excellence Award by ‘Sakal’, the Udyog Ratna instituted by Devarmani family from Solapur, the Sharad Purskar instituted by the Sharad Pratishthan. Mr. Yatin Shah was also nominated for ‘Best Solapurkar of the year’ award by ‘Sakal’ and has received the “Kirti Gaurav Puraskar” and “Shravika Sanstha Puraskar”. An avid reader, Mr. Shah is also passionate about traveling and badminton.x
Bhagwan Rampure born in 1962 in Solapur, Maharashtra. He has achieved G.D. Art, Sculpting & Modelling from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. He is a winner of several awards which includes 'Abhang Kalakar Puraskar', Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, Gaurav Puraskar From Shree Siddhi Vinayak Mandir Trust, Mumbai and Art Society of India. Bhagwan Rampure has given many live demonstrations in sculpture. He is one of the sculptor who got a chance to do live sculptures of celebrity models like Gulzarji, Amir Khan, Dr. Shriram Lagoo, Shriram Pujari, Vijay Tendulkar, Mangesh Tendulkar, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Dr. Anil Avachat, Sudhir Gadgil, Chandrakant Gokhale (and it’s an unending list.) He worked in Bronze, Fibre, Wood & Marble. He has done major commissioned work of ‘Sultan Qaboos Rose’ in Muscat, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar At Sangli, Yogi’s Sculpture at Master Dinanath Hospital Premises, Pune, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Mahabaleshwar . He has also created few trophy's for renowned organizations like Trophy for Femina Look of The Year, Onida Pinnacle, Film Fare, Swranjali, Tribhuvandas Bhimji Zaveri, Natya Aaradhana and Mata Sanman (Maharashtra Sanman). He Says, I think, Art is a spontaneous flow of inner soul. For me, it is nothing but the worship.x
Shashikala Jawalkar-Saigal (Born 1933), much better known as Shashikala, is an Indian actress. Shashikala was born as one of six siblings in Solapur, Maharashtra in a well-to-do Marathi-speaking Jawalkar family. By age 5, she had already been dancing, singing, and acting on stage in many towns in Solapur district. When Shashikala was in her pre-teens, through ill luck, her father became bankrupt, and he brought his family to Bombay (now Mumbai) with they thought that Shashikala, the best-looking and most-talented among his children, could find work in movies. For some time, the family lived with friends and barely survived, while Shashikala wandered from one studio to another looking for work. She earned in bits and pieces till she met Noor Jehan, the reigning screen queen. Noor Jehan's husband, Shaukat, was making a movie Zeenat then, and included Shashikala in a qawwali scene. She received 25 rupees for her role. She struggled on and got small roles in movies made by P. N. Arora, Amiya Chakravarti, and a few other producers. She got roles in V. Shantaram's Teen Batti Char Rasta and a few other movies. While in her early twenties, Shashikala met and married Om Prakash Saigal, who belonged to the Kundan Lal Saigal family, and had two daughters. In 1959 she appeared in Bimal Roy's Sujata. In Tarachand Barjatya's Arati (1962), starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar, Shashikala portrayed a negative role, eventually winning a Filmfare Award. Soon after, offers began to pour in to her for supporting roles. She appeared in Jangalee, Anupama, Phool Aur Patthar, Ayi Milan Ki Bela, Gumrah, Waqt, and Khubsoorat. Meena Kumari, Nutan, Sharmila Tagore, Mala Sinha, and Waheeda Rehman have been among the leading actresses with whom Shashikala performed in supporting roles. While the female lead costars in the involved movies usually played roles of good-natured, modest, or pious women, Shashikala usually played either flighty and feisty bubbly women or vamps who plotted the downfall of others. Later in her acting career, she would typically play the role of a sister or mother-in-law. She performed in supporting roles in over 100 movies. Asha Bhosle was often the playback singer for Shashikala in her earlier career. "Sheeshe Se Pee" and "Bheegi Bheegi Faza" are two popular songs which Bhosle had sung for Shashikala. In the past ten years, Shashikala has performed in a few television serials, including Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai for Sony, Apnaapan for Zee TV, and Dil Deke Dekho for Star Plus. She has also had successful roles in Mother ‘98, Pardesi Babu, Baadshah, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Chori Chori. At the tender age of 5, she started dancing, singing and acting on stage in many towns in Solapur district. A few years later, her father became bankrupt and they moved to Mumbai. Shashikala wandered around looking for work in films. She earned small amounts till she met Noor Jehan, the reigning screen queen during those years. Noor Jehan's husband, Shaukat, who was making a movie Zeenat then, in the early 1940s, included Shashikala in a qawwali scene. The film was being made in Urdu, so Shashikala quickly learnt that language. She received 25 rupees for her role. She struggled for a while, and got small roles in movies made by P. N. Arora, Amiya Chakravarti, and a few other producers. She got a role in V. Shantaram’s Teen Batti Char Rasta (1953), and a few other movies. Shashikala appeared in Bibhuti Mitra’s Shart (1954) which was a success. Sangam (1954), Bahu (1955) and Bandhan (1956) didn’t do well. Vijay Anand’s Nau Do Gyarah (1957) was an average affair. Bimay Roy’s Sujata (1959) met with mediocre success at the box-office, but was a huge critical success. The film won several awards. In the early 1960s, Shashikala encountered huge success. Kanoon (1960), Junglee (1961), Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962) and Anpadh (1962) were huge hits. Aarti (1962) was both a commercial and a critical success, which even won Shashikala an award. Her career-graph was on the rise. Shashikala did many films thereafter, which were a mixture of hits and flops. Gumrah (1963), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964) and Himalay Ki Godh Mein (1965) were hugely successful. Humrahi (1963), Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964) and Neela Akash (1965) did average business, while Jahan Ara (1964) and Bedaag (1965) were poor. Waqt (1965) and Phool Aur Patthar (1966) were huge blockbusters. Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Devar (1966) and Anupama (1966) gained mediocre success. The multi-starrer Mehrbaan (1967), Neel Kamal (1968) and Humjoli (1970) were hits as well. Shashikala then did a couple of films like Jawan Mohabbat (1971) and Chhote Sarkar (1974), after which she disappeared from the film arena for a short while.x
Salil Ashok Ankola (born 1 March 1968, Solapur, Maharashtra) is a former international cricketer who played one Test match and 20 One Day Internationals (ODIs) from 1989 to 1997 for India. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, he played first-class cricket for Maharashtra, regularly opening the bowling. Ankola's consistent performances for Maharashtra earned him a call for representing India during their tour of Pakistan in 1989–90. After the first Test match at Karachi, he was dropped for the subsequent matches in the series owing to injuries. After a brief phase of playing first-class cricket, Ankola was called for the Indian ODI team during 1993, eventually led to being a part of the 1996 Cricket World Cup. His repute as a "poor fielder", resulted in being dropped from the side after subsequent series. At age 28, Ankola retired from international cricket to pursue a career as an actor. Since then he went on to appear in a number of Indian soap operas and a few Hindi films. Ankola, a tall, good-looking and athletic fast bowler, made a dramatic debut for Bombay in 1988-89, grabbing a hat-trick and scoring 43 against Gujarat, and following up with a six-wicket haul against Baroda. He was almost immediately drafted into the Indian side, taking 6 for 77 in the tour-opener in Pakistan in 1989-90 and making his Test debut - against Pakistan at Karachi- where he took 2 for 128. But injuries - not helped by an extremely long run-up - took their toll and he didn't appear again in that series - in fact, the Karachi game was to be his only Test appearance. In 1990 he worked with Frank Tyson on remodelling his approach to the wicket, and returned with a shorter run, less pace but much-improved control. He returned to the Indian one-day side in 1993 but was again cast aside the following year, his place not helped by his reputation as a poor fielder. He was recalled to the side for the 1996 World Cup, and played in one subsequent series before again being dropped. Within a year, aged only 28, he had retired to pursue a career as an actor. He appeared in a TV serial - Sshh... Koi Hai as well as several film rolls. He subsequently turned his attention to film production.x
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