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MUST SEE: Uddhav's pics of Maharashtra's holy places

Last updated on: February 28, 2012 14:55 IST

MUST SEE: Uddhav's pics of Maharashtra's holy places

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In the third and final part of our three-part series, we bring you aerial photographs taken by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of Maharashtra's places of worship.

Part I: Uddhav Thackeray's pics of Maharashtra forts 

Part II: MUST SEE: Uddhav Thackeray's pixs of Maximum Mumbai

Saptashrungi, Vani

This temple (external link) is home to Saptashrungi Devi (Durga). It is located at Vani near Nashik. This place is one of the biggest shakti peethas of India.

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Photographs: http://www.uddhavthackeray.com

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Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

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In 1431, a wealthy merchant, Haji Ali built this shrine (external link) in the sea, 500 yards from Mumbai's shore. All the faithful who come to Mumbai always visit this dargah.

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Photographs: http://www.uddhavthackeray.com

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Pandharpur, Solapur

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This is an important pilgrimage city (external link) on the Bhima River in Solapur district. The Vithoba temple attracts about a million Hindu pilgrims during a major yatra in the months of Ashad (June-July).

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Photographs: http://www.uddhavthackeray.com

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Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri

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One of the most virgin beaches of Maharashtra. And nestled in this place of gods (external link) is the 400-year-old Swayambhu Ganapati temple.

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Jejuri, Pune

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Located some 30 miles away from Pune on a hillock is the beautiful Jejuri temple (external link) dedicated to Lord Khandoba. You reach the temple after climbing approximately 200 steps.

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Parvati, Pune

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Parvati (external link) is one of the most scenic locations in Pune. It is situated at a height of 2,100 feet above sea level. Being the highest point, it offers a panoramic view of Pune.

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Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur

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The Shri Mahalakshmi temple (external link) of Kolhapur is one of the shakti peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism.

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Shirdi temple, Shirdi

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Home of the Sai Baba shrine (external link). Sai Baba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918. He is regarded with great reverence by people of all faiths.

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Pagoda, Gorai

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Spread over 11 acres and over 325 feet, this shrine (external link) in Gorai (on the outskirts of Mumbai) can house 8,000 devotees for vipassana.

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Siddhivinayak

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In 1801, Laxman Vithu Patil built a small temple (external link) in Prabhadevi. Today, its one of the most famous temples of Mumbai.

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Banganga Tank, Mumbai

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One day during his exile, Lord Rama felt thirsty. Lord Laxmana created this (external link) pond by shooting an arrow into the ground. In 1127, a chieftain during the Sheelahar Period, Laxman Prabhu built further on this pond.

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Ellora caves, Aurangabad

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These majestic caves (external link) date back to the 2nd century BC. The Kailash temple at Ellora is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is the greatest monolith sculpture in the world.

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Ajanta caves, Aurangabad

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Located about 107 km from Aurangabad city, is the world's largest heritage site (external link) which dates back to 200 BC. Inside, one would find a number of shrines and monasteries dedicated to Lord Buddha, and other spellbinding murals.

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Bibi ka Maqbara

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Known as the 'Taj Mahal of the Deccan' Bibi Ka Maqbara (external link) is a magnificent mausoleum, situated at a distance of approximately 5 km from Aurangabad. It entombs Rabia-ul-Daurani, alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

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