The Indian state of Maharashtra is home to a number of pilgrimage spots and religious sites, belonging to different religions. The state has always been a popular destination of India and the religious places in Maharashtra such as temple, mosques, Gurudwaras etc are counted as its important attractions as well, visited by a huge number of devotees all round the year. Nashik is one of the most important religious holy cities for the followers of Hinduism. It hosts the world’s largest gathering of people at one place during Maha Kumbh Mela that is held after every 12 years and Kumbh Mela, organized after every 3 years. Mumba Devi temple and Shri Siddhivinayaka temple in Mumbai is two temples that are popular all around the country. Aurangabad city also has a number of such sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Kailash Temple is another famous temple here that is also known for its architecture. Bahubali temple, Shirdi and Pandharpur are some of the other famous temples in Maharashtra.
India is land of several religions and so one can find several pilgrimage sites that belong to different religions. Same is with Maharashtra. Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, though, is a tomb but it is visited by people of all faiths, in huge numbers. Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib, Nanded again is an important Gurdwara of Maharashtra, visited by one and all. Pune’s Osho Ashram also attracts devotees from all around the world in huge since the 1970’s, even though Acharya Rajneesh had left the world in 1990. Afghan Memorial Church and Mount Marry Church are two popular churches, popular for their old western architecture. The religious places in Maharashtra offer complete mental peace.
COVID- 19 Guidelines for Temples in Maharashtra
- Only asymptomatic visitors are permitted to enter the temples.
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory for every visitor.
- Temple authorities will thermally screen all the visitors and provide sanitizers to them. Large gatherings are prohibited in temples.
- Distribution of Prasad and sprinkling of holy water will not be allowed in the temple.
- Devotees cannot touch the idols and spiritual books in the temples.
- Limited devotees will be allowed in the temple.
- For visiting Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and Siddhivinayak Temple, visitors must book a time slot through the temple website in advance.
- It is required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the entry gate of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple.
- Children between 8 to 10 age groups will not be allowed in the temple.
- For now, only 1000 visitors will be permitted to enter in a day.