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Pandharapur And Kolhapur

Pandharapura

Abode of Krishna in His charming form of Panduranga Vitthala, Pandharapura is the most important sacred place in the state of Maharashtra. The temple town stands majestically on the banks of River Bhima, which is locally known as Chandrabhaga due to its crescent half-moon like course of flow here. Vithoba is known by many names, including Vitthala, Panduranga, Pandharinath, Hari and Narayan. The name Vitthala is composed of two Sanskrit-Marathi words: viṭ, which means 'brick'; and thal, from the Sanskrit sthala, meaning 'standing'. Thus, Vitthala means 'one standing on a brick'. Some more important holy places in Pandharapur are Pundalika temple, Vishnupada, Narada Temple, Gopalapur Gopalakrishna temple, Lohadanda tirtha etc.

Kolhapur

Kolhapur is the most famed abode of Mahalakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. The scriptures describe that when the sage Durvasa offended Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi was unable that and left Kshira sagara and came to this place and performed austerities. Later, the Lord joined her and both reside here eternally. The area is also called Karaveera and Mahalakshmi as Karaveernivasini. Kolhapur is located on the banks of River Panchaganga, so named because it is the combined waters of five sacred rivers, the Kasari, the Kumbhi, the Tulsi, the Bhogawati and the underground Sarasvati.

3 nights, 2 days.

Journey by train sleeper class; AC class charges extra

Dec 7

` 3999

Includes train fare, local transport by bus, accommodation, food.

Last Date for Registration – Sept 5 2012

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