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The chief gate of Vithoba's temple
|Nickname(s): Pandhari, Pandaripuram|
|• Total||25 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||458 m (1,503 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Pandharpur is a pilgrimage city on the banks of Bhimā river in Solāpur district, Maharashtra, India. Pandharpur is situated on the 1711 north axis and the 7511 east longitude in Solapur District. The Vithoba temple attracts about a million Hindu pilgrims during the major yātrā (pilgrimage) in the month of Ashadh (June–July).
Pandharpur has an average elevation of 458 metres (1502 feet).
According to the 2011 census of India, Pandharpur had a population of 1,20,000. Males constituted 52% of the population and females, 48%. 71% of the population was literate; 78% males and 64% females.
Pandharpur is well connected by Road, Rail to all the major places. Pandharpur's State Transport bus station is Maharashtra's biggest & busiest one.
Distances from State Transport Bus Stations-
- Solapur - 70 Km
- Barshi - 86 Km
- Ahmadnagar - 190 Km
- Pune - 203 Km Via Jejuri, 214 Km Via Shirval
- Mumbai - 365 Km (CST)
- Sangali - 135 Km
- Kolhapur - 177 Km
- Vijapur - 125 Km
List of MLA from Pandharpur State assembly constituency.
- 1952 - Balasaheb More
- 1957 - Bhai Raghunath Raul
- 1958 - Adv. Narayan Patvardhan
- 1962 - Audumbar anna Patil, INC
- 1967 - Audumbar anna Patil, INC
- 1972 - Audumbar anna Patil, INC
- 1977 - Audumbar anna Patil, INC
- 1980 - Pandurang alias Tatyasaheb Bhanudas Dingare
- 1985 - Sudhakarpant Paricharak, INC
- 1990 - Sudhakarpant Paricharak, INC
- 1995 - Sudhakarpant Paricharak, INC
- 1999 - Sudhakarpant Paricharak, NCP
- 2004 - Sudhakarpant Paricharak, NCP
- 2009 - Bharat Bhalake, Independent
- 2014 - Bharat Bhalake, Independent
List of MPs from Pandharpur Constituency.
- 1957: T.H. Sonawane, INC
- 1962: T.H. Sonawane, INC
- 1967: T.H. Sonawane, INC
- 1971: Nivruti Kamble, RPI
- 1977: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1980: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1984: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1989: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1991: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1996: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1998: Sandipan Thorat, INC
- 1999: Ramdas Athawale, RPI (Athvale)
- 2004: Ramdas Athawale, RPI (Athvale)
- 2009: SushilKumar Shinde, INC[Pandharpur-Solapur]
- 2009: Sharad Pawar, NCP [Pandharpur-Madha]
- 2014: Sharad Bansode, BJP [Pandharpur-Solapur]
- 2014: Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, NCP [Pandharpur-Madha]
The Vithoba of Pandharpur
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. Krishna 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. Some of these saints are Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Gora Kumbhar, Chokhamela, Eknath, Tukaram, Purandara Dasa, Vijaya Dasa, Gopala Dasa, and Jagannatha Dasa.
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 ("yātrās") of Hindu devotees. Among them, the pilgrimage in the month of Āshādh (June–July) in the Hindu calendar attracts the largest number of pilgrims—around 500,000 to 700,000 people. The pilgrimages in the months of Kārtik (October–November), Māgh (January–February) and Shrāvan (July–August) attract the second, third and fourth largest numbers of pilgrims respectively.
Places to visit
- Shri Viththal Rukmini Temple
- Pundalika Temple
- Chandrabhaga River
- Gajanan Maharaj Temple
- Kaikadi Maharaj Math
- Vishnupad Temple
- Iskon Temple
- Padmavati Lake
- Kavathekar Prashala, Pandharpur
- D. H. Kavathekar School, Pandharpur
- Sinhgad Public School, Korti
- MIT Gurukul, Wakhari
- Vivek Vardhini School & College, Pandharpur
- Karmveer Bhaurao Patil College, Pandharpur
- Uma Mahavidhyalay, Pandharpur
- Shri Vitthal B.Ed College, Venunagar, Pandharpur
- Shri Vitthal Education & Research Institute of Engineering & Technology, Gopalpur
- Karmayogi Engineering College, Shelve
- Shri Pandurang Pratishthan, Karmayogi Polytechnic College, Shelve
- S.K.N. Sinhgad Business School, Pandharpur,
- Sinhgad Institute of Computer Sciences, Pandharpur
- S.K.N. Sinhgad College Of Engineering, Korti, Pandharpur
- New Satara Shikshan Sankul,New Satara College of Engineering & Management, Korti
- Pandharpur on Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia