Shri Jaganade Maharaj Temple
Dedicated to a renowned saint in Maharashtra called “Shri Santji Jaganade” is a Hindu shrine called “Shri Jaganade Maharaj Temple”. This temple devoted to a saint belonging to the “Teli” i.e. oil producer caste is situated in a city called Paithan in the Aurangabad district. In addition, this temple was founded by Mr. Pralhadsheth Sidlambe and Mr Kedarnath Dadarao Sarje. Furthermore, this saint worshipped at this temple was supposed to be an ardent devotee of Lord Vitthala, an avatar of Lord Krishna himself.
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a. Best time to visit Shri Jaganade Maharaj Temple
The best time to visit this “Tirth” is during the winter season when the climate is pleasant with the minimum temperature dropping to as low as 10 degree Celsius and which begins in October and ends in March.
b. How to reach Shri Jaganade Maharaj Temple
Shri Jaganade Maharaj Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Aurangabad at a distance of 56 km. The Aurangabad Railway Station is well connected to cities such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Amritsar, Madurai etc.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, and Nagpur.
- Via Mumbai:
There are two routes from Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and via NH160.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway and MH SH68.
- Via Nashik:
There are three routes from Nashik to this temple, and they are via Maharashtra State Highway 30 and Nagpur-Aurangabad Mumbai Highway, via Nashik-Shirdi Road and Nagpur-Aurangabad Mumbai Highway, and via SH 49.
- Via Nagpur:
There are three routes from Nagpur to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and Aurangabad-Nagpur Road, via Aurangabad-Nagpur Road, and via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Aurangabad. The Aurangabad Airport connects to major cities in the country such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur Jaipur etc.
c. Religious significance of the Shri Jaganade Maharaj Temple
Essentially Santji Jaganade Maharaj was a follower of Sant Tukaram. He was also a key cymbal player in Tukaram’s troupe who helped in recording a number of “Abhangs”. In addition, it was after his marriage at the tender age of twelve that he renounced worldly pleasure for quest of spirituality abandoning his parents and wife in the process. So this temple in turn was constructed in honour of this saint who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vitthala, an avatar of Lord Krishna.