Akkalkot Swamy Samarth Maharaj Temple is one of the most famous temples situated near Solapur, Maharastra. Akkalkot is a holy place of Shri. Swami Samarth Maharaj. It is located at a distance of 38 km. by road from Solapur district headquarters. This Saint is considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Dattatraya. The Samadhi of this Saint is worshipped by devotees. The death anniversary is celebrated annually at Chaitra Shuddha Trayodashi. A large number of devotees visit the place every day. The temple is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Maharashtra & Karnataka. You must visit it once.
The current temple is built around the famous banyan tree. It is the same banyan tree where Shri Swami Maharaj used to sit to meditate and preach to the disciples. The temple consists of the main temple, sabha mandap and accommodation. The temple authorities organize Annacchatra (free meals for devotees) daily (twice a day). Swami Samarth Maharaj arrived in Akkalkot at the beginning of Shake 1779. The whole period of Swamiji’s reincarnation as the fourth Avatar of Shri. Datta is forty years old, of which he spent 21 years in Akkalkot.
Historically, Shri.Swami Maharaj ended his avatar in Shake 1800. But after three months he was resurrected and appeared before devotees in Kashi (Varanasi). The Holy Samadhi of Shri. Swamiji is located in the house of Shri. Cholappa in the place already reserved for him before his bodily death. This is known as Samadhimath. The fearless spiritual slogan in Marathi ‘BHIU NAKOS MI TUJHYA PATHISHI AAHE’ (Do not be afraid, I am with you) is given by Shri. Samarth Swami Maharaj himself.
Akkalkot Swami Samarth Mandir Darshan Timings:
Morning: 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Evening: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Akkalkot Swamy Samarth Puja Timings:
5:00 AM – Kakad Aarti
7:00 AM to 11.00 AM – Abhishek puja
8:00 AM to 10.00 AM – Laghu Rudra
12:00 Noon – Aarti & Maha-Naivedya
8:00 PM to 8:45 PM – Shej-Aarti
Every Thursday – 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Aarti & Palkhi
Vatavruksha Swami Mandir Prasad Timings:
12:00 Noon All days
8:00 PM All days
Main events (Yatra):
Shri Swami Samartha Pragat din – Chaitra Shuddha Dwitiya
Shri Swami Samartha Punyatithi – Chitra Vaidya Trayodashi
Guru Pornima – Ashad Shuddha Pornima
Shri Datta Jayanti – Margashirsha Shuddha Purnima
Gangapur yatra – Magha Vadya Pratipada
Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises
How to Reach Akkalkot Temple:
The nearest airport to Akkalkot is Belgaum Sambre Airport is 254 km away from the temple.
The nearest Railway Station is Akkalkot Road (AKOR), many trains are there to Akkalkot from all the major cities of India.
Gov and Private Buses are available from all major cities of India (mainly Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Belgaum, Bangalore etc)