The twelve jyotirlingas are the most significant places of pilgrimage for Hindus in India. Five of them happen to be in the state of Maharashtra. Lord Shiva has been worshipped in these places for centuries. Aundha-Nagnath in the district of Hingoli is one of them. This pilgrim centre is of great significance, since it is considered to be the Eighth (adya), of the 12 jyotirlingas. It is believed that Dharmraj (eldest of the Pandavas of Mahabharat) had constructed this beautiful temple during the time that they were expelled for 14 years from Hastinapur. The temple has been constructed in the Hemadpanthi style of architecture and has exquisite carvings. It is situated in an area of about 60,000 sq. ft. A large number of pilgrims visit this temple on Shivaratri and Vijayadashami.
Mallinath Digambar Jain Temple
At Shirad Shahapur village of Aundha Nagnath taluka place lies a historical temple of the Jain community. There is found here a statue of Lord Mallinath which is about 300 years old. There is a legend behind the establishment of this temple. Years back the idol was placed at Ardhapur. Bhattarak shree Premanand once saw this idol placed in between other confuted idols and was annoyed. He sought permission from the Nizam to move the idol to Karanja. The Nizam permitted him to take the idol to Karanja. While he was travelling he once stayed at Shirad Shahapur. There he saw a dream in which he was given a message to establish the idol at Shirad Shahpur, and thus the famous temple came into existence. Now it is well constructed with facilities for pilgrims to stay. A number of Jain pilgrims from all over India visit this place.
Tulaja Devi Sansthan
Around 125 years ago, swami Keshavraj had a divine vision of the Goddess Tulja Bhavani, and later on her found a sculpture of the Goddess while excavating a cave. He constructed the temple at the same place. In the year 1967, a trust was formed to run the temple. Now the trust is trying to provide scholarships to students, residential complex for pilgrims and health service.
Sant Namdev Sansthan
The village of Narsi situated in the district is the birthplace of the Saint Shree Namdev. Named as Namdev Damaji Relekar, the great saint was born in the year 1270. Every year a fair is arranged in the village in memory of the saint. The state government has declared Narsi as holy place and tourist place. The government has constructed a tourist home at Narsi. There are many followers of saint Namdev from Punjab and the rest of India who frequently visit Narsi. Now the Sikh followers are constructing a Gurudwara at Narsi and they have also decided to construct a memorial of saint Namdev.
These are the various places of pilgrimage tourism located in the district of Hingoli.