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Aundha Nagnath – The First Jyotirlinga


Aundha Nagnath is considered to be not just one of the twelve auspicious Jyotirlingas in India, but also the very first Jyotirlinga. It is one of the five Jyotirlingas situated in Maharashtra. It is believed that Yudhishtra – the eldest of the five Pandava brothers – built the Jyotirlinga in dedication to Lord Shiva, when they were sent on an exile for fourteen years.

The temple of Aundha Nagnath is built to worship Lord Shiva and is built in the Hemadpanthi style of architecture. The temple is sprawled over a huge area of 60,000 ft. The most unique feature is the placement of Nandi in the back of the temple instead of the front.

Tourist Places In And Around Aundha Nagnath

In the surrounding area of the temple, there are several other small temples that depict the rest of the Jyotirlingas. One can observe numerous idols of other deities like Dattatreya, Nilakanteshwar, Dasavatar, VedavyasaLinga and Ganpati.

Best Time To Visit Aundha Nagnath

Aundha can be visited practically any time of the year, save the summer season when the heat can get a little unbearable. This holy place is also extremely conveniently located and is well linked to other cities, given its proximity to Hingoli.

If you happen to visit the town of Hingoli, Aundha Nagnath must figure as the top destination to travel to in your list. This pilgrim centre will instill faith and spirituality deep within you, and take you back in time.

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How to Reach Aundha Nagnath

  • By Road
    The distance between Aundha and Mumbai is about 580 km. It is about 200 km away from Aurangabad and 360 km away from Nagpur. There are regular state owned and private buses that offer shuttle services between all these major cities and Aundha Nagnath. There are buses that also ply from Chondi, Parbhani and Nanded. One can also opt for a route from one�s city to Hingoli, a major junction, wherefrom Aundha is just half an hour away.
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  • By Train
    The rail head of Chondi is the nearest railway station to access Aundha Nagnath. It is about 21 km away. Chondi, in turn, is well linked to all the cities and towns within and outside Maharashtra by direct or connecting trains. One can even opt to reach the station of Hingoli, which is merely 25 km away from Aundha and can be reached by a cab or bus ride
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  • By Air
    The Aurangabad Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Aundha Nagnath, at a distance of 210 km. The Chattrapati Shivaji Airport is the nearest International Airport and is located in Mumbai, about 580 km away. Aundha Nagnath is hence easily accessible by air.
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