The presiding deity of Maharashtra, Lord Vitthal is at Pandharpur in this district. Swami Samarth of Akkalkot has followers from all walks of life. Solapur is famous as a textile town, especially owing to its talented weavers’ community. A melting pot with a confluence of Marathi, Telugu and Kannada languages, Solapur district leads in beedi production. Its great strides in the fields of education, literature and culture as well as rural prosperity brought in by the cooperation movement have made Solapur district an important segment of modern Maharashtra. The supreme sacrifice by the revolutionaries of Solapur has made it immortal. The Martyrs’ Memorial here is saluted daily by thousands of visitors. Kundalsangam, Karmala and Barshi have adopted the path of development through industry and education.