Siddheshwar Temple of Shiva Siddheshwar Temple Road,, Near State Highway No. 151 & Solapur Mangalore Highway, Solapur-413001

The temple was built by a yogi, Shri Siddharameshwar, who was a devotee of Sri Mallikajuna of Srisailam. He was on his way to Srisailam, when he was ordered by his guru to return to Solapur and consecrate many Shiva lingams. He duly returned to Solapur and began his work, starting from this temple. In all, he installed 68 Shiva lingams in Solapur,

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Siddheshwar Temple

Shri Siddheshwar is the Gramdaivat of Solapur city.
Shri Siddheshwar temple,  situated in the middle of a beautiful lake, is the icon of Solapur. It is a famous pilgrim place, not only in Solapur, but also in entire Maharashtra state. A visit to Solapur cannot be completed until you've visited Shri Siddheshwar temple.

Siddheshwar (Siddharameshwar) was a great contributor to Lingayatism religion and he is considered as one of the five prophets of Lingayat sect. Siddheshwar temple at Solapur is a renowned temple for followers of Lingayat sect.

Shri Siddharameshwar, a yogi and an ardent devotee of Shri Mallikarjuna of Shrisailam, built Siddheshwar temple. Shri Siddharameshwar was ordered by his Guru, to return to Solapur and to consecrate many Shiva Lingas, when he was on his way to Shrisailam.  He obeyed his guru’s order and started his work in Solapur by making this temple.   Shri Siddharameshwar had installed 68 Shiva Lingas in total.  Shri Siddheshwar, who is considered as one of the six prophets of Lingayat religion, was a great contributor to this religion. People in Solapur believe that,  birth of this saint caused  prosperity in the city and that the deity is capable of blessing the sincere devotees.

Shri Siddheshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Siddheshwar,  who has other forms as Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Therefore, the idol in the temple signifies the holy incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, who have the same name.  Shri Siddharameshwar himself attained Jeeva Samadhi in Shri Siddheshwar temple and lot of people visit here to see his Samadhi.  A beautiful shrine dedicated to the saint Nalavatvad is found in the garden. There is also a silver-plated Nandi statue here. Vithoba and Goddes Rukmini temple and temples of various other gods, are also situated in this huge temple complex. There are many exquisite engravings inside the temple that will leave the visitors mesmerized.

Siddheswar temple is surrounded by a beautiful and large lake called Siddheshwar Lake. Most visitors like to come here during night, when the water reflects the beautifully illuminated temple. It is believed that the lake was created by Shri Siddharameshwar, when all the holy rivers asked for permission to reside in the lake, a legend which makes it really sacred.  The lake homes a number of fishes and the locals as well as pilgrims consider it holy to feed them.

There is a series of three gates,  that provides entry to the inner courtyard of the temple from the road. The samadhi of the Seer (Jeeyar) is situated in the center of the courtyard. Another part of the courtyard leads to a well-designed garden and the shrine of Saint Nalavatvad is found in the center of this garden. The image of the sacred bull, which is called Nandi, is located in the ante-chamber.  A stone walled shrine, which is lined with sheets of silver with beautiful engravings on it, can be found on the back wall of the ante-chamber. The saint used to meditate in the center of the black wall.


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