Shegaon, Renowned Pilgrimage Center of Vidarbha

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Shegaon is the very renowned holy place which is located in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. This sacred place is known for the samadhi of Indian Saint Sant Gajanan Maharaj. This beautiful holy place is comes under the Buldana district of Maharashtra. It is as much popular as Sai Baba in Shirdi. That is visited by numerous people throughout the year.

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Large number of pilgrims come here from the different parts of western Maharashtra i.e. Vidarbha to offer a pooja to Sant Gajanan Maharaj. Symbolically it is entitle as the “Pandharpur of Vidarbha”. Thousands of devotees pay their respects at the Samadhi every Thursday, which is regarded as a special day.

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Shegaon is located around 300 km from the city of Nagpur. It is the religious place in Vidarbha which is home to the Temple of Indian Saint Sant Gajanan Maharaj that is built over the Samadhi of him. Gajanan Maharaj was Indian saint who devoted all his life to help the poor people. Gajanan Maharaj made his first appearance in Shegaon on 23rd February 1878. He was called Shri Gajanan Maharaj.

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Most of the people believed that he was having some special powers which made him unique among all the common people. When he entered Shegaon he was teen. Past life of Gajanan Maharaj is unknown to everyone. He taught the moral code of love, happiness, forgiveness, charity, helping other and devotion to god. And because of this it is visited by numerous people to worship Saint Gajanan Maharaj.

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There is one more reason to visit this beautiful place. And that is the garden of Anand Sagar which is located near temple. This beautiful garden is covered an area of 350 acres and develop by the Shri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir Trust. It is the Spiritual as well as entertainment center for devotees coming to Shegaon.

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It has all facilities to make children play & enjoy. There is a good facility of dining at economical rates. There is a “Light & Music” show daily in the evening in open theater. Also a very nicely displayed & arranged “Aquarium”.It can be planned as a one day picnic with a spiritual exposure. There is also a mini train journey. And so many things that one would definitely like to visualize.

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As this holy place is located on the route of the Indian Railway many major trains stops here. Due to which it is easily accessible from the many of the popular cities like, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, and Akola. To manage the activities of the temple, trusty of temple was established an organization named ‘Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sanstha’.

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This organization manages all the issues regarding temple and devotees. For more convenience of the devotees Shri Gajanan Maharaj Bhakt Nivas has been constructed which are maintained properly by the above trust. As it is one of the developing tourists spot, there is huge demand of the hotels in Shegaon which are being developed. If you are looking for such place that would provide you religious and entertaining atmosphere then this can be the best option for you.

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Photos By -Vinod Khapekar

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