Bhagwant Temple in Solapur
Architecture of the Bhagwant TempleBhagwant Temple was built in 1245, almost 800 years back. This temple is unique in its beautiful and special architecture. We can notice the classic Hemandpathi style of architecture, which can be observed in most of the temples in that area of India, here. The uniqueness of this temple is its construction. It has four separate entrance doors that face all four directions. However, the door that opens to east is the main entrance. Many people visit this temple not only to worship, but also to enjoy the beautiful construction.
Idol in the templeBhagwant temple homes the idol of the deity Vishnu, which is depicted in black stone and has a gadha, chakra and a shankh in his hands. The picture of devotee King Ambarish can be seen below the right hand. There are also the idols of Lord Vishnu’s wife Goddess Lakshmi on the back of Bhagwant idol. You can see Shivalinga on the forehead and the well preserved impressions of the footsteps of the saint Bhrighu Rishi on the chest of the deity.
Rituals and Celebrations in the templeThe Badves are responsible for carrying out the daily rituals. The daily poojas include dhoop aarti, kakada aarti, nitya aarti and mahapuja dhoop arti in the morning, Dhuparti in the evening and Shejarti in the night. Ashadi and Kartik Ekadashi are the major festivals celebrated here with large processions that cover the town with Bhagwant riding on Garuda. Huge crowd of devotees can be seen during the Chaitri, Maghi, Aashadi and Kartiki Ekadashi. A Chabina is performed on every full moon for devotees, especially women who worship Lord Bhagwant to get married to a person of their choices and to pray for the health and longevity of their husbands.
The old records show that Shri Nanasaheb Peshve released grants for Bhagwant temple in the year 1760. Now, a Panch committee is responsible for the management of this temple. Bhagwant temple is visited not only by Hindu pilgrims, but also people from background communities and other religions as well. The visiting time in Bhagwant Temple is in between 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. Morning and evening are the best time to visit here. You can choose the months in between October and February for a comfortable visit to Bhagwant Temple in Maharashtra.