Flanked by Bhuikot Fort on one side and adjacent to the Siddheshwar temple, Siddheshwar lake is not only Solapur's biggest attraction, but one of India's very few 'Tirthakshetra'. Home to scores of devotees of Lord Siddheshwar and open to many more, the lake is around 7 kms away from Solapur railway station.
The origin of the Siddheshwar lake is still an open debate. While many argue that the lake was built by Shri Siddheshwar as early as 1180 A. D. , some say that the Sultan of Bahamani built it to accompany the adjacent Bhuikot fort. Either way, the Lake Reformation Committee (LRC) formed under the chairmanship of the Collector of the Solapur District took over the administration of all takes in 1956, including Siddheshwar Lake. In 2004, the Siddheshwar temple complex was founded on the island in the middle of the lake, marking Siddheshwar lake as one of the must places to visit. Until 1881, this lake was the primary source of water to all inhabitants of Solapur city.
Siddheshwar temple remains one of the biggest attractions of Siddheshwar lake itself. The iconic 'Tirthakshetra' is home to various flora and fauna, and we see quite a few migratory birds during the seasonal change in June-August.
Although the lake is open all through the day, the best time of the day to visit Siddheshwar lake is just after 6:00 PM and before 8:00 PM. This way, visitors get an exclusive view of the evening aarti, and the temple lights reflecting off the lake. The sunsets over the lake is one of the most mesmerizing in all Solapur.