siddheshwar temple in solapur – this temple is dedicated to shree siddheshwar who was from lingayat religion. shri siddharameshwar was a mystic and an devotee of shri mallikarjuna of srisailam (one of the 12 jyotirlingam). on his guru request, siddharameshwar returned to solapur and consecrated 68 shiva lingams.
siddharameshwar took samadhi in this temple only. his samadhi is situated at the center of temple courtyard. the samadhi of saint is open and without any roof or walls unlike most samadhi temples which are closed shrines. there are also small temple dedicated to lord vithoba and goddess rukmani in the temple premises.
siddheshwar temple is situated right in the middle of solapur city. it is one of the popular tourist cum spiritual destination in solapur apart from tulja bhavani shakti peeth temple and swami samarth samadhi temple. there is a yatra and fair which happens around this temple every year in january month and is visited by large number of people. a dargah is also situated very close to the temple.
the temple is surrounded by a lake. very well managed temple, thanks to the siddharameshwar trust which is managing it. unlike most temples, its very neat and clean and also very peaceful. the priests are also very cooperative and will not push you for donation or pooja money. surely visit this temple as you will like the place and will also love the peaceful environment. i wish, if we can keep our temples neat and clean like this temple.
virtual tour of siddheshwar temple in solapur:
the temple view as you enter inside this large and clean temple. there are many trees in the temple complex. neat and clean and peaceful temple. this is the center view of the temple. on left and right side there was more space and greenery.
samadhi of shree siddheshwar. samadhi is open and not in a closed shrine.
another view of shree siddheshwar samadhi.
as you move further from shree siddheshwar samadhi. you come across this large temple.
there is sitting space in this temple courtyard. many people visit this temple with their kids. its a good picnic cum religious spot. very silent and very clean. the temple is known for its silent and peaceful ambiance. if you plan to visit the temple with small kids then bring water and food item from outside. as inside the temple no food item is sold. its a very large temple complex and you have to walk a lot of distance outside the temple to get any resource.
close view of the temple. pooja is done inside this temple. there were 2-3 priest managing the temple.
the lake view which sorrounds the shree siddheshwar temple from three sides.
another view of lake which must also be adding to the peace and silent pervading in the temple premises.