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Maharashtra: Parli Vaijnath Hill Resort and Yotir Lingam - A Travel Guide
Another hill resort, famous in the close proximity for salubrious climate, Parli- Vaijnath, is positioned at a height of 1500 feet.
The 5th yotir lingam of India is residing in his own holy temple which is flanked on the trunk of the hill, at the end of the city premise. Pilgrims here worship the deity Vaijnath. The daughter (Parli) of Vasuki, the king of the hell, used to pay her tributes to Vaijnath. Associated with countless numbers of mythological tales, the divine temple of the Parli- Vaijnath, houses a number of deities apart from Vaijnath.
It is believed that the temple which is visible to the devotees today was erected during 17th century by Rani Ahilyabai. To get blessings during Shiva Ratri, pilgrims congregate in front of the consecrated temple from far and wide. The festivity of Shiva Ratri and the colorful fair, organized during this time attract thousands of devotees towards Parli- Vaijnath.
Devotees also assemble to partake in the festival and fair, organized in the month of Shravan (according to the Hindu calendar year). Devotees circumambulate the Meru hills according to a time- honored tradition of Parli- Vaijnath. On the way, devotees get to see the holy façade of 12th Jyotir Lingam in a celestial temple.
The captivating Jijamata Udyan which is kept open during 3 to 9 p.m. every day is another coveted tourists’ spot of Parli- Vaijnath. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the pretty face of the idol of Shankar Bhagwan.
The Parli Thermal Power plant produces 1190 MW of electricity for the state of Maharashtra.
How to reach: Parli- Vaijnath is connected to Parbati, Vikarabad, Bangalore, Nanded, Hyderabad and Aurangabad by well-spread-out railway networks. Buses directly ply to Parli- Vaijnath from Aundha as well.
Where to stay: Dharamsala of temple authority, Municipal Guest House, Government Rest House, Agarwala lodge and few other hotels and lodges. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings.