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Tourism in Buldhana district includes visiting places of both religious as well as historical significance. There are a number of places located here where the tourist can go to get and idea of the district`s rich historical traditions. One of the most famous tourist locations here is the Lonar crater. It is among one of the five largest craters in the world, and the third largest saltwater lake in the world. There are many places of interest located in and around the crater as well. Among the religious places located here are the Hanuman murti, Shri. Sant Gajanan Maharaj and Sailani Baba`s Dargah. These various tourist attractions in the district of Buldhana are discussed below.
Shri. Sant Gajanan Maharaj, Shegaon
Shegaon is famous for the Samadhi of Shri Gajanan Maharaj - a mystic saint as popular as Saibaba of Shirdi. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj made his divine appearance in the year 1878 and enlightened millions. He attained samadhi on Bhadrapad Shukla Panchmi 08-09-1910. The Samadhi Sthan (Temple) is visited by millions of devotees from far and near. A large number of pilgrims can be seen here, some coming from various parts of Maharashtra, and across India. Allegorically, Shegaon can be described as the Pandharpur of Vidarbha. Thousands of devotees pay their respects at the Samadhi every Thursday, which is regarded as a special day. A beautiful temple of Lord Rama has also been constructed in the premises of the shrine. Fairs are held here at Shengaon on Ram Navami in Chaitra and on Rushi Panchami in Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar.
Hanuman Murti, Nandura
Lord Hanuman is the son of Pawan (Air) and Anjani (the woman of a highly spiritual native). Located here is the world`s largest statue of Lord Hanuman. This statue is 105 feet tall, and the girth of the chest is around 70 feet. The base is around 30 feet, and the tail and the arm measure around 70 feet and 25 feet respectively.
Sailani Baba`s Dargah
Lonar Crater Sailani Baba wandered the forests and tamed many wild animals such as tigers, lions and other cats. His shrine is located in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra, near Aurangabad. The rich dresses worn by most saints are probably an artist`s imaginative depiction of the `rutba` or spiritual stage the saint had attained. Promises of offerings to the Saint are, therefore, made with various motives, and on fulfilment of the desires, the things promised, such as `galaf`, sweets, etc., are offered. The nearest railway station is Malkapur on the Mumbai-Kolkata main line of the Central Railway.
Lonar ranks amongst the world`s five largest craters and the third largest salt water lake in the world. Investigations reveal it to be around 50,000 years old. Lonar Crater is a huge bowl (roughly 7 kms in circumference and 1.6 kms in diameter) that has been carved out. Within the depression lies a saline lake. The crater was first discovered in the year 1823 by the British Officer, C.J.E. Alexander. The Lonar crater also finds mention in the ancient scripts like the Skanda Purana, Padma Purana and Ain-i-Akbari. During the days of Emperor Akbar, Lonar also housed a salt factory. There are a number of interesting places of tourist interest in and around the crater.
The small temple of Lord Vishnu and most others in the vicinity are constructed in the Hemadpanthi style i.e. without the use of cementing agents. While most in ruins and have been amended, only the ones that attract pilgrims have some resemblance to their original selves. Gomukh Temple, along the rim of the crater with a perennial stream is another interesting site. A fascinating sight is the presence of hundreds of peafowl which live inside the crater. The crater has potential as a bird sanctuary and one can also sight langoors, snakes, monitor lizard, mongoose, fox and deer.
Sindkhed Raja - Birth Place of Rajmata Jijabai
Sindkhed Raja, a small Taluka place in Buldhana district, situated 105 kms away from district headquarters Buldhana on the State Highway No. 183, is known world wide as the birth place of Rajmata Jijabai, the mother of the great Maratha warrior and king, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. There are a number of monuments in this small township which owe their existence to Rajmata Jijabai and her father Lakhuji Jadhav. These monuments like Kalkat, Rang Mahal, Tomb of Lakhuji Jadhav, Palace of Lakhuji Jadhav, ancient temple of Neelkantheshwar and Rameshwar have great heritage and architectural value.