Akola, The Cotton Trading Ground
There are hardly any places worth sightseeing in Akola. But a few religious places near Akola are a huge draw of devotees. One of them is Shegaon, which is hardly at a distance of one hour by rail or by road. This is the place where the great saint Gajanan Maharaj took Samadhi. He was believed to be an incarnation of Lord Ganesha. A small temple was built along with his idol in his memory at the place. Today there stands a huge complex to accommodate the great influx of devotees. There are rooms for wash and change and also to rest. Daily free meals are served thousands of devotees who are present during the lunch hour. Today the complex has sprawling gardens and the best of facilities for the devotees which are run by a trust.
The caves of Ajanta are at a distance of around three hours from Akola and can be visited from Akola as well. The Lonar crater falling in the district t of Buldhana is also at distance of an hour and a half from Akola and can be visited from Akola it self.
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