Osmanabad Travel Guide

 

get there and around


Air: Nearest airport is at Solapur (70 km). Solapur is linked to Mumbai by air. Pune is another airport nearby.

Rail: Recently started new LATUR- MUMBAI Express via Osmanabad OSMANABAD railway station is 10 km away from CITY, MSRTC(ST) started two or three buses daily from city to station- BAppA. Osmanabada is a important Railway Station on Kurduwadi-Latur Section of Central Raiway. Initially there was no railway route to Osmanabad.The Nearest railway station was Yedshi (22 km) on Barshi Kurduwadi Narrow Gauge Route of Central Railway. During Gauge Conversion Work taking into account consistent public demand the Route of railway was change taking it to Osmanabad. The route was changed from Pangri to Yedshi via Osmanabad which was skipped in narrow gauge days. The section between Osmanabad & Pangir has two Tunnels (One is 1 km Long) and one viaduct is 40 meters tall.

Road: State highways and metallic roads from the district headquarters at Osmanabad link all 8 tehsils (subdistricts) and major towns. A national highway passes through the district from Solapur, connecting Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh. Pune is 292 km and Mumbai is 452 km away from Osmanabad.it around 300 k.m.from pune



 

 

Osmanabad is a city and a municipal council in Osmanabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

places to visit

Monuments

Tuljapur town in Osmanabad district is famous for Tulja Bhavani Temple built by Raje Shahaji. Persons from all over Maharashtra visit the temple for worship. Tulja Bhavani College of Engineering is located near the town.

Kati village in Tuljapur Division has two mosques said to be more than 500 years old. The larger is called Jamia Masjid. The smaller Masjid is older and very small with a mysterious typical architecture.

Naldurg is another historical place in Osmanabad with a beautiful historic fort.

The district also offers some worth visiting sites to name a few are: Saint Goroba Temple, Dharashiv Caves, Ramling (Temple of Lord Shiva), Wadgaon Siddheshwar (Temple of Lord Shiva), Naldurg Fort and Paranda Fort etc.

DHARASHIV CAVES

The dharashiv caves are situated 8 km away from Osmanabad city in Balaghat Mountains. The caves were taken note of by Archaeological Department and mentioned in the book "Archaeological survey of India" by James Verges. There are total 7 caves in the Balaghat Mountain lane. The first cave is without any statue with small open space .The second cave consists of a statue with Artistic work on right side of statue. The art work is of gandharva era. The fourth cave is with open space without any statue inside. The statue in the sixth cave is damaged while the seventh cave has no statue

That this is a ancient place is shown by the caves excavated in the hill at a distance of about eight miles. These caves were originally Buddhist, but were later converted into monuments of the Jain religion and fresh caves were also excavated nearby. Of this we shall speak later.

There are some more Buddhist caves excavated in the hills, about 8 miles from Dharashiva. The earlier of them are referred by Burgess to the middle of the 7th century A. D. Cave No. II is modeled on the plan of the Vakataka caves at Ajanta. It has a central hall measuring 80 feet by 80 feet, with 14 cells for the residence of the Bhiksus and garbhagraha with a colossal image of the Buddha in Padmasana. From the hoods of a serpent spread over its head, it is supposed by some to be the image of the Jaina Tirthankara Paravanatha, but the figures of deer with a dharmacakra between them on the pedestal indicate that it is that of Gautama Buddha. Another cave (No. III) has a hall of 59’ by 59’, closely resembling Cave No I.

Later some Jain caves (No. V and VI) were excavated on the same hill. They are described in the Prakrt work Karakandacariu as excavated by the king Karakanda, who came to know about the earlier caves from the prince Siva of Terapura (Tagara). The Karakandacariu is a work of the 11th century A. D. so these later caves were probably excavated in the 9th or 10th century A. D. during the age of Rastrakutas.

As per the historical survey of caves they were built in 5th century B.C. There is severe differences between historical researchers and archaeological intelligence regarding religion i.e. whether the caves belongs to Buddha or Jain. There is also strong differences regarding the era of when the caves where built. Recently in 1996 with help of World Bank few parts of cave have been repaired.