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Akkalkot Anubhuti

Akkalkot a taluka place in Solapur district is known for its religious and Royal heritage. It is a famous pilgrimage where lakhs of pilgrims come every day to visit the shrine of Shree Swami Samarth. Shri Swami Samarth is considered as an extended version of the Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati born in 1378, the second incarnation of Lord Dattatreya in the fifteenth century and thus Shree Swami Samarth is said to be the third incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. There are several myths and stories with regards to Shree Swami Samarth’s origin, however as it is mentioned in second Adhyay of "Shri Swami Samarth Charitra" the biography written by Sant Wamanbhau Maharaj that Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati entered into mahasamadhi in Kardali vana near Shrisailam located in the present-day state of Andhra Pradesh in the year 1458. He entered into a deep state of meditation for around 350 years.  He was covered by ant hills and creepers until he was accidentally awakened by a wood cutter. The wood cutter was cutting trees in Kardalivana and while cutting the creepers of the ant hill, he hit the ant hill and it injured Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati.

Blood started profusely erupting out of the ant hill and he emerged out of his state of prolonged samadhi in the form of Shree Swami Samarth. Presently in Akkalkot, Chaitra Sudda Dwitiya Tithi that is the second day after Hindu festival of Gudi Padwa is celebrated as the "Prakat Din" the day of emergence of Shree Swami Samarth. This awakening of Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati from the prolonged samadhi and appearing in form of another divine personality is now known as Shri Swami Samarth. After emerging out of Kardalivana Shri Swami Samarth traveled all over the country and came to be known by various different names. He traveled in different places like Andhra Pradesh, Orrisa, Calcutta, Himalayas, Gangotri, Haridwar, Kedareshwar and came to Mangalwedha in the state of Maharashtra. In Mangalwedha he lived for 12 years and later he travelled to Pandharpur, Begumpur, Mohol, Solapur and finally he came to the princely state of Akkalkot in the year 1856. He stayed here for 22 years from 1856 A.D. to 1878 A.D.

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During his initial days in Akkalkot he lived in a Khandoba Mandir for around 15 days. There he would play with the idols of the God Khandoba. One day on seeing Shree Swami Samarth living in the temple a “Fakir” a Muslim ascetic, ridiculed him. Shree Swami Samarth demonstrated his powers by generating smoke out of an extinguished smoking pipe, “Chillum”. Upon witnessing this miracle Fakir believed that Shree Swami Samarth wasn’t any ordinary man but a person bestowed with divine powers. Later he started living in the house of one of his disciples, Shri Chollappa. This is the place where the Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj Samadhi Mandir is now located. Maharaj would always sit under a banyan tree and would preach to his disciples. People addressed him as “Avadhoot” the Maha Yogi because he possessed great spiritual powers. His brilliance and super powers reflected from his overall persona. He was the paragon of knowledge and wisdom. He was “Ajanubahu” the one whose length of arms was such that his fingers touched his knees. He through his mystic Mantras and words of wisdom, showed common men the path of God and the appropriate way of life. He performed several miracles to help his devotees. He solved their problems and expressed oneness with all creatures. Here in Akkalkot he enlightened many disciples and positively changed the lives of his devotees.

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Shrimant malojiraje II And Shri Swami Samarth

His Highness Malojiraje II, the then Rajasaheb of Akkalkot learnt about the divine powers, miraculous deeds and benevolent presence of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj and expressed the desire to meet him. While Rajasaheb was preparing for the visit, Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj himself appeared in the Royal palace to meet Rajasaheb. Rajasaheb was overwhelmed with happiness, had tears in his eyes, he embraced Maharaj with joy and touched his feet to seek blessing. This is from where the journey of the bond between Swami Maharaj and Akkalkot Royal Family began.
On April 30, 1878 on the tithi of Chaitra Krushna Trayodashi of Hindu year, the great sage adopted Mahasamadhi in the house of Shri Chollappa. The Samadhi is considered to “Jagrut” awakened and alive even today. His spiritual powers are experienced by devotees even today. Their Prayers are answered, they are healed of their sufferings and desires are fulfilled. We can say that though Shri Swami Samarth has ceased to be in his bodily form, he certainly continues to bless his devotees. His quote “Bhiu nakos me tuhya pathishi ahe”, which means don’t be afraid I am with you, stays with the devotees forever. Our project “Anubhuti” will be in form of the manifestation of Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj’s blessings with the devotees, visitors and the locals.

Akkalkot anubhuti site Location

The site is located in a very strategic location in the heart of Akkalkot town near Shree Vatavriksha Swami Samarth Maharaj Devasthan. Topographically the site has minimum contours making it almost flat, except for the central transverse axis, which has a natural dam-like formation that divides the lake and the land of the site into two parts. This whole area is full of wild vegetation making it a natural habitat for different species of birds. The first part comprises of existing samadhis of the Akkalkot Royal family located at the center of the terrain and the second part comprises the lake, where Shri Swami Samarth's Divya Darshan statue will be constructed.

IT IS VERY AUSPICIOUS & FEELS great WHEN THE LINES EMERGING FROM ONE POINT TO ANOTHER GETS LINKED WITH SUCH AN EASE. THIS MASTERPLAN OF AROUND 55 ACRES WORKS OUT LIKE A JIGSAW & FITS IN LIKE A SPIRITUAL COLLAGE that emerges LIKE A PERFECT BOND BETWEEN HUMANITY & HUMBLENESS, SPIRITUALITY & technology. THIS UNIQUE EXPRESSION REFLECTS LIKE “Anubhuti” that is cognizance and realization of the divine energy. The energy reflecting from the holy name, Shri Swami Samarth.

THE LINES & THE SPACE DESIGN of the project WORKS COHESIVELY TO IMPRESS UPON OUR MIND A PERFECT PICTURE OF THIS ULTIMATE ENERGY. The project site resembles A SLEEPING POSTURE OF SHREE SWAMI SAMARTH Maharaj. The arrangements of all the amenities and the services to be provided through this project will be systematically located in a way to strategically represent different body parts and organs of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj's body in accordance with their significance.

WHERE “Mastak” THE HEAD signifies the HOSPITAL & the FOOD COURT,
“Hriday” THE HEART, signifies DIVYA DARSHAN the divine caves,
“Bembi” THE NAVEL signifies the Divya Darshan statue,
“Jathar” the stomach - RESORT & signifies THE KNEES and the
“Legs” signifies STABILITY THAT IS KUNJIR BAN, the elephant sanctuary.

OVERALL, THIS Experience GIVES US REALISATION OF ONE SAYING "BHIU NAKOS MI TUJHYA PATHISHI AHE" & ALSO HIS LAST WORDS "HUM GAYE NAHI, JINDA HAI"

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Project zones

ZONE A

DRUSHTANAT: Residential apartments

ZONE B

SEVAGRAM: the multi speciality hospital

ZONE C

DIVYA DARSHAN: The Divine Caves

ZONE D

ATITHYA: Residential twin bungalows

ZONE E

SPANDAN: Light and Musical show

ZONE F

KUNJIR BAN: Elephant Sanctuary
DIVYA DARSHAN: The statue of Miracle

Brhama Sthan (Statue of Miracle)

DRUSHTANT (Residential apartments)
Every Human When Decides To Live In A Space, one Thinks Of A Connect With The Aura Around Him. This Residential Experience Which Would Be A Futuristic Stay Den For The Visitors & Owners Shall Be A Perfect Vision For Their Spiritual Life. Thus, It Is Expressed As Drushtant, A Vision To Live Life With Purity.

VISHRAM (Parking lot)
A special parking lot will be available for the devotees to park their cars, rest, refresh and eat while enjoying the divine experience of “Anubhuti”, in the lush green ambience enriched with the melodious chirping of the different species of beautiful birds. This parking lot will have the capacity of parking 500 cars at a time. 5 buses and 7 fire engines will be permanently parked for the safety of the visitors. This area will be equipped with canteens and washrooms for the devotees.

VISHRANTI ( Samadhi reserved area)
This area comprises of the samadhis of Akkalkot Royal family. The visitors will understand the lineage and history of the Royal family by visiting these Samadhis. These samadhis will be surrounded by beautiful multicolored Rose garden which would give them the experience of peace and tranquility.

DIVYA DARSHAN (The Divine Caves)
In Our History We Have Always Seen That Stone Sculptures Give Us information about history & Tell Us All About The Past & Make Us Understand The Energy Of It In Presence. This Divya Darshan Will Explain Every Devotee The Energetic Aura Of Shree Swami Samarth. 18 different incidences of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj’s life will be portrayed in these caves, these will give a good understanding of the journey of his life to the devotees.

ATITHYA (Residential twin bungalows)
In Our Culture guests are welcomed home with great joy and respect. We will be following the principle of “Atithi Devo Bhava” and the guests will be provided with safe, comfortable and inclusive experience. This Exclusive 18 twin bungalows Resort will be A representation Of Welcoming The Guest To Enjoy Peace, Tranquility In Resonance Of Spirituality. A good host-guests relationship will ensure complete comfort to the visitor.

SPANDAN (Musical Lights Show)
In This Space We Intend The Visitors To Get Connected With Musical Extravaganza Mingled With Light & Sound To Enchant & Engross Them To Almighty. This place Shall Be A Space Where Spandan that is positive vibrations In All Forms Would Resonate with Devotees & Help Them To Connect With Almighty.

PRASADAM ( Food Court)
The Devotees and the Visitors, Who Come To This Place Will Be Awed With The Existence Of Energy Around Them. In This peaceful State Of Mind They Would Love To Have Holy Food (Prasadam) At This Serene Stepped Food Court In the ambience of The Gigantic Water And Sculpture.

KUNJIR BAN (Elephant Sanctuary)
Elephant (Gaja) Is Stated As An Emblem Of Longevity & Pride. Thus Every Princely State (Sansthan) Had Their Own troops of Elephants. This Kunjir Ban will be the Home For These Magnificent Elephants Where they Can Be in the Natural Ambience And will Enjoy The Freedom.

Bhagwan Rampure

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Born In 1962 In Solapur, Maharashtra, Bhagwan Rampure Completed His Training In Sculpture At Sir JJ School Of Art, Mumbai In 1987. His Works Have Been Critically Acclaimed For Their Sublime Beauty And Grace And Modern Conceptualization Of Traditional Forms.

He is a Recipient Of Several Awards From The Art Society Of India, Mumbai From 1994 To 2000, He Was Awarded The 'Abhang Kalakar Puraskar' In 1997 And The 'Gaurav Puraskar' From Shree Siddhi Vinayak Mandir Trust, Mumbai In 1998. His Most Prominent Work Is The 8 Ft. 'Big Bull' Executed In Bronze And Displayed At The Bombay Stock Exchange. Not Only Has He Immortalized Gulzar And Aamir Khan In Bronze And Fiberglass, A 25 Ft. 'Sultan Qaboos Rose' Done By Him Is On Display At Al-Khuwair Roundabout Garden At Muscat And A 13x75 Ft Krishna Mural Is Displayed At Datta Devasthan, Ahmednagar. A Very Popular And Well-loved Artist In Mumbai With Several Large Scale Works In Pune To His Credit, Rampure's Works Are Sought After In Delhi Too. He Recently Completed And Installed A Life-size Sculpture Of Mirza Ghalib In New Delhi. He Has Participated In Several Solo And Group Shows Till Date.