Monday, September 22, 2008

Shegaon Pilgrimage - Shree Gajanan Maharaj Darshan

Shree Gajanan Maharaj
Shegaon is a city and a municipal council in Buldana district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Geography
Shegaon is located at 20.7833° N 76.6833° E[1]. It has an average elevation of 275 metres (905 feet).

Gajanan Maharaj SansthanShegaon has acquired fame as a pilgrimage center because Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj lived there. Hindus consider Gajanan Maharaj a saint with miraculous powers. The origins of Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj are untraceable in history. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj took "Samadhi" at Shegaon. Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Temple is built on the Samadhi of Gajanan Maharaj at Shegaon. Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the biggest temple trust in the Vidarbha region and is so called as "Pandharpur of Vidarbha". It attracts pilgrims from all over Maharashtra.

The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan (Institution) Temple Trust runs the day to day affairs of the Temple; is headed by the Managing Trustees who normally comes from the line of Patil's. Trust runs many services in the spiritual, religious, medical and educational fields. In particular, it runs Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering (SSGMCE) a famous Engineering College in Vidarbha region.

Shegaon is now fast developing into a tourist spot with the construction of "Anand Sagar", a INR 3000 million project with landscapes, meditation room, water reservoir, and wonderful artifacts and sculptures.

Thursdays being the day of Gajanan Maharaj and week ends witness huge crowds from all over Maharashtra and it may take even 5-7 hours for darshan at Gajanan Maharaj Temple.


How to Reach:
Shegaon is located around 550 km east of the city of Mumbai and 300 km west from the city of Nagpur. It is located on Mumbai-Bhusawal-Nagpur route of the Central Railway of Indian Railways. From Mumbai several trains halt at Shegaon. Prominent being Vidarbha Express, Mumbai Howrah mail and express, Sewagram express, Nagpur-Pune express and Gitanjali express.

By road it is well connecting by neighbouring cities like Khamgaon, Balapur and Akola which are located on Hajira(Surat)- Dhule - Howrah(Kolkatta) National Highway 6

The nearest airports are at Akola, Aurangabad and Nagpur.

To book luxury bus tickets to Akola from Mumbai, please visit Sonal Travels or call Mr. Vijay Mane on 022 - 2340 9745/ 9869554222
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