Akkalkot pronunciation (help·info)(Marathi: अक्कलकोट) |ಅಕ್ಕಲಕೋಟೆ is a city and a municipal council in Solapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is situated 40 km southeast of Solapur and very close to the border between Maharashtra and Karnataka states. Akkalkot was the home to Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj, a 19th century saint who is believed by his devotees to be an incarnation of God Dattatreya. Akkalkot is widely known for its association with Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj, held by some to be a reincarnation of Lord Dattatreya. Swami Maharaj lived for over two decades at Akkalkot, mainly at the residence of his disciple Cholappa, where his samadhi and shrine are now located. The shrine complex, which is known the Vatavruksh Mandir since it encloses the banyan tree beneath which the swami would preach his message, is the hub of devotions for his followers.it is said that the tree speaks and some sound comes from the tree. Free accommodation and meals are provided to pilgrims by the Shri Swami Samarth Annachhatra Mandal. The other local shrine is the samadhi of Akkalkoth Swami located some distance from the main shrine, but still within the city limits. Akkalkot is also famous for Gajanan Maharaj's Shivpuri, where Ancient Vedic Therapy Agnihotra is performed.
Important Places near Akkalkot :
•Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple :- 1.5 km away from MSRTC bus stop.
•Ballappa Math :- 1 km away from MSRTC bus stop.
•Raje Rayan Math :-2 km away from MSRTC bus stop.
•Joshi Buwa Math :- 1.5km away from MSRTC bus stop.
•Khandoba Temple :- This temple is to the north direction of MSRTC bus stop.
•Mallikarjun Temple :- This temple is located between shri. Swami samarth Samadhi math & MSRTC bus stop.
•New Palace & Armory Museum :- Just near the MSRTC bus stop.
•Shivpuri :- 2.5 km away from MSRTC bus stop.
•Hatti Tank :- 1 km. away from MSRTC bus stop.
•Kashi Vishweshwar, Jeur:- 12 km away from Akkalkot MSRTC bus stop.
•Hydra:- 30 km away from Akkalkot MSRTC bus stop.
•Burhanpur :-15 km away from Akkalkot MSRTC bus stop.
•Kurnur :- 14 km away from Akkakot MSRTC bus stop.