Attractions around Latur
Latur has been blessed with Ganj Golai right in its heart. Located centrally to Latur, this shrine can be accessed from any direction of the city. Built in the year 1917, the Ganj Golai is mainly a temple for Goddess Jagdamba and is densely populated with marketing stores and shops. It is one of the historic constructions of Latur District which has graced the city with its presence for almost hundred years now. Ganj Golai is essentially a two-storied architectural beauty which is colossal and magnificent. In the middle of the circular edifice lies the shrine dedicated to paying homage to Goddess Jagdamba. The interior of the structure evokes both spiritual piety and admiration. There are more than 15 roads which connect to Ganj Golai and alongside these streets are dispersed bazaars hawking all categories of customary local ware such as gold curios to footwear and food objects from chili to jaggery. This progressive expansion of marketplace has led ‘Ganj Golai’ to become the core profit-making and trade Centre of Latur.
Caves depict a dozen of carved panels that exhibit mythological stories. The first of the caves exhibits a beautifully painted statue of the Lord Buddha in sitting position. The various other caves there have shivling and one of the caves has a meticulously crafted sculpture of the Lord Dutta. The eminent sculpture of Yaksha outside the caves is very popular among the travellers.
The upper hall, containing idols of Shiv-Parvati and Vishnu idols, these caves can be entered by a flight of narrow stairs. The second cave houses shivling while the 4th and 5th caves have two floors and the ground floor.
The Kharosa caves were built in the 6th century during the Gupta period and are popular for the
Udgir Balaji Temple
Balaji Temple Ausa
Naldurg Fort – Historical Background
Naldurg which was formerly a district headquarter is situated about 50 Kms. south-east of Osmanabad. The fort which is an interesting place has enclosed a surface of a knoll or plantain of basalt rock which is jutted out into the valley or raving of the small river Bori. Along the rest of the cliff on three sides ran fortifications. bastion firmly built out have deseed basalt and are large enough to carry heavy guns. The entire circumference is about a mile and a half.
The interior portion is covered with ruined walls and a half, the interior portion is covered with ruined walls and a vide road running up to the centre. The fort has many bastions amongst which are upli Buruj, which is the height point in the fort paranda Buruj , nagar Buruj, Sangam Burug, Sangram Buruj, Bands Buruj, poone Buruj, etc. Inside the fort there are remains of the walls and some of the building such a Barood kotha, Baradari, Ambarkhana, Rangaan mahal, Jali etc.
The fort featured prominently in the conflicts between the Deccan Sultanates in the post Bahamani period. In later days it was captured by Malik Ambar in 1014 Hijri and was renamed by him as Ambarapur which was later changed to Amrapur.
The fort is situated in a depression surrounded by high ground on all the sides so that from its highest point one can have a view of the approaching armies even at a great distance while the main parts of the fort remain hidden from the latter. Almost square in shape, the fort has a moat or khandak (ditch) around, nearly 36.58 meters (120 ft) in width, now nearly dry. Fort has a glance, a retaining wall, a covered way, a double rampart fortified further with massive bastions, which are mostly semi-circular mounted with huge cannon. Some of these guns bear the names of Turkish engineers in service under Adil Sahi and Nizam Sahi kings.
Udgir fort in the udgir city in latur district ,maharashtra of india age of fort built in prebahamani age ,dating from the 12 th centuraty c.e. ,it is also famous for the hisoric battle in which marathas ,led by sadashivrao bhau,defeate nizam and after which the treaty of udgir was signed.There are many old milatray observation ponys and rest houses scattered over the surrounding hills ,all built from unuseual white clayshow ever ,all have long sence followen in ruin.Udgir fort may also have a deep underground tunnel connecting it whith bhalki and bider forts. The fort is bounde by a 40 fets deep trench ,and contents sevral palaces ,as well as the samadhi of udgir maharaj,which is 60 feet under the normal ground level.
its was named after hindu santh udgiri rishi.it has some reare inscriptions written in arabic and persian which testify to the prmostion of knowldge and culuture by the local muslim rurals over the centuries
TuljapurPerched at an elevation of 2150 feet above the sea level this beautiful town on the Yamunachala ranges is famous for its ancient and spectacular shrines. Also the old world charm of the Marathas can be felt here. This beautiful place is named Tuljapur as it hosts the famous Tulja Bhavani Temple. This stunning temple town is located at the end of the plain where the Solapur highway just begins. The crowning glory of Tuljapur is the Tulja Bhavani Temple, where pilgrims in millions mainly from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India come every year to seek her blessings. History says that Tulja Bhavani was the main Goddess of the prestigious Bhonsale dynasty and Shivaji Maharaj would pay a visit to this temple and seek the Goddess’s blessings before setting off to a journey. Apart from Tulja Bhavani temple this small town is also popular for other places like Ghat Shila Temple, Chintamani, Bharathi Buwa mutt etc. The fort of Naldurg and the Dharashiv caves close by are worth visiting.
Parli Vaijnath Temple
One of the ‘jyotirlinga’ temple of India on the top of a small hill – Parali Vaijnath Temple. Popularly known as the ‘Vaijanath Temple,’ each corner of the temple whispers the secrets of the mythological stories, never revealing the full story. Somewhere like the other ‘jyotirlinga’ temples, Parali Vaijnath too has a story to tell; not just one but many.
One such story is from the time of Ramayana. It is said that Ravana performed a Tapasya and chanted Shiva Tandava Stotram in his soulful voice. Impressed by Ravana dedication, Lord Shiva asked him about his wishes. Ravana’s request was a special lingam. Lord Shiva handed over a special lingam to Ravana to take home to Lanka with strict instructions that it should not be placed on the ground till it is deified at a final destination. Lord Shiva fulfilled all the wishes of Ravana. While returning home, Ravana met a boy to whom he handed over the lingam. The lingam started getting too heavy with every minute and the boy kept it on the ground. This is how the jyotirlinga happens to be here. The belief is that Shiva decided to reside here in the form of Vaidyanatheshwar.