Nanded is the second largest city in the Marathwada district of Maharashtra. It has one of the most revered Sikh pilgrim spots, that is, Gurudwara Hazur Sahib. So if you are a spiritual traveller or a deep down religious soul who wishes to investigate some unique journey destinations in the nation, then Nanded is a standout amongst the most prescribed ones.
If you are in the nearby areas of Pune, Akola, etc. then going by means of train is the perfect way to reach Nanded. An Akola to Nanded train takes no more than 6 hours 30 minutes to reach its destination. Read ahead to know about the must-visit places in this interesting town of Maharashtra. Let’s see how much you know about this city, if at all!
The Masjid of Biloli, also known by the name of Hazrat Nawab Sarfaraz Khan Sahid Masjid, is a stone mosque built around 330 years back. Hazrat Nawab Sarfaraz Khan was an officer in Aurangzeb’s army and the mosque was named after him only.
Kandhar Fort is located in the Kandhar Town of Nanded. The fortification was built by King Krishna III of Malkhed, for security purposes. The fort, which is almost in ruins, is circled by a channel and is famous for its structural designing. The fort is located in the heart of the town and is 50 km from the Ranthambhore National Park.
Located in the western part of River Godavari is the famous sanctum of Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib in Nanded. This is the same site where Maharaja Ranjit Singh built the complex of Takhat Sahib in the year 1830. The complex of Takhat Sahib covers a couple of hectares of territory. One of the religious spots here is named as Bunga Mai Bhago ji, which includes a large room where the holy book of Guru Granth Sahib has been laid nearby other important weapons like steel quoits, a steel bow, a sword and a mace.
Located in the Kinvat district of Nanded, Mahur is the home of the three divinities i.e. Renuka Devi, Dattatreya and his mother Anasuya. There are three temples located on the three intriguing hill slants and it is Renuka Devi who is worshipped the most since the temple dedicated to her is one of the three-and-a-half ‘shakti peethas’. This particular place is said to be built by the Yadava kings. It is the Navaratri festival which is commended with full vigour at Mahur. The fascinating area of the three temple of Mahur attracts both enthusiasts and explorers alike, since it is situated in a scenic terrain, which has an abundance of fauna as peacocks, deer, jaguars and mountain bears.
The Siddeshwara temple, dedicated to the eponymous god, is located in Hottal in the Degloor Taluka, 8 km from Degloor in Nanded. The stone temple has hints of the Chalukyan architectural style and is a charming religious spot to visit and spend a few moments of internal peace.
Nanded is one of the most revered religious spots in Maharashtra. Although it is lesser known among Indians, the place holds a large significance amongst the Sikhs of the country. If you belong to the rare category of travellers who like to explore the lesser known religious spots, then you know where to head to, right? Have a wonderful trip!