This holy places is the 'Samadhi sthan' of Jagadguru (guru of gurus) Shri Swāmi Samarth Mahāraj (Marathi: श्रीस्वामी समर्थ महाराज). Maharaj believed to be successor (incarnation) of Shri Narsimha Saraswati ( incarnation of Lord Dattatreya). Shri Narsimha Saraswati, after his role went for samadhi in Kardali ban. After, around 300 years from this incident, a woodcutter accidentally broke down a big ant hill and found Maharaj in yoga trance in it. From that time Maharaj traveled all over the country and eventually from 1856, set his abode at Akkalkot village in Maharashtra,India till 1878. On April 30th 1878, (Chaitra Vadya Trayodashi of Hindu year 1800) Maharaj ended his last conscious communication with all of us and adopted Mahasamadhi under his favourite banyan tree in Akkalkot. The temple later built on this place is known as 'Shri Swami Samarth Samadhi / Vatavruksh Samadhi Math'.
This is a holy place where one feels peace of mind and subtle powers of Shri Maharaj. I personally visit this place 5 times (every year for last 5 years) till now and wish to continue the visit every year.
One can take the darshan of Samadhi Sthal, Samarth Padukas with temples of other Hindu deities like Shri Ganapati, Lord Hanuman, Shri Shivalinga etc.
There are good lodges and hotel for stay and food. The temple trust also has build a large 'Bhakta Nivas' here for visitors and organise 'Mahaprasad' (Holi Meal) twice a day, 365 days of year totally free for visitors.
Its indeed a place, must to visit and get moksha.
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