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Kolhapur is one of the most popular cities in Maharashtra known mainly for its spicy food Tambda and Pandhara Rassa and Mahalaxmi Temple.Kolhapur attracts many travellers due to its religious and historical places of attractions. A sightseeing tour from pune to kolhapur cab is incomplete without a visit to places like Mahalaxmi Temple, Bhavani mandap, Jyotiba Temple, Rankala Lake, Chhatrapati Shahu Museum and Panhala Fort.
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It is one of the three and half Shakti peethas of Maharashtra where God Vishnu and Laxmi lives for ever. Kolhapur has been named after the demon Kolhasur, who was killed by the Laxmi Goddess.
The temple was first built in the 7th century. It belongs architecturally to the Chalukya period.
In the year (1712–1792) in Sambhajee Raje Reign, Narhar Bhat Shastree had a dream which he told to him that in the Mughal reign, the devotees had hidden the idol for protection from destruction. Sambhajee started a search. This idol was found in one of the house in a Market in the city. In one of his letter Sambhaji mentioned that Sindhoji Ghorpade of Panhala installed the idol again on September 26, 1712. It was Monday, Ashwin the festival of Vijiya Dashami.
The number of devotees grew, and in due course of time, the Devi became the Deity of Maharashtra.Due to the abhishekas the idol was eroding day by day. So Sankeshwar Shankaracharya got it repaired by vajralep. In 1954 it was again installed at the hands of Kolhapur Shahajee Raje. There are 5 main temples and 7 Deepamalas. Around the temple there are 35 temples of various sizes. There are 5 tops of Hemadpanthi style and a Garud Mandap.
Idol of Goddess is carved out of gemstone. It has weigh of about 40 kgs. pune to kolhapur by car Services The height of the image of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is about 30 feet. A stone lion, stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag. Idol faces West side unlike other Hindu Gods facing North or East.
There is a window on West side of Wall, constructed in such a way that the Rays of the sun on specific time of the year fall on idol. Those days are three days around 21 of March and September. During this period of time there is a Light festival held in Temple.
Bhavani Mandap, also known as the glory of the city, is one of the biggest and the oldest structures situated in Kolhapur. It was built during the period 1785 to 1800 by Shivaji Maharaj II, the ruler of Kolhapur. Earlier, Bhavani Mandap had 14 squares however, in 1813 after the invasion of the Muslim ruler Saadat Khan, 7 squares were destroyed.
Kolhapur is extremely famous a city for various reasons and one of them is history. Of the many things of historical importance in the city, Bhavani Mandap is one. It is a historical building and heritage site in the central walled portion of the city of Kolhapur.
Bhavani Mandap is a famous building and the abode of the goddess Tulja Bhavani who is known as a guest in the city of Kolhapur, which is considered to be the city of her elder sister Mahalaxmi, whose temple the city is popular for. Bhavani Mandap is built according to the architectural style of the British Empire. An era of the Maratha dynasty, with relics of the royal era is found displayed here.
It used to be an important meeting centre in earlier days. There are various historical notions associated with the idol of Bhavani, worshipped here. It is said to be the idol of Bhavani that the great warrior Shivaji used to worship. This is however debatable, and the exact information is not available.
Bhavani Mandap is located near the Mahalaxmi Temple which the city is well known for.
It is open throughout the day, all days of the week.
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND
Bhavani Mandap offers an interesting mixture of religion, mythology and history. One can reach the place to look around at a variety of things. The statue of Kolhapur’s dear prince Shahu Maharaj is also displayed here.
There are a whole lot of stuffed animals like the bison, deer u, panthers, all of which were hunted by the Prince himself in his days. The wooden throne that Shivaji is believed to have used when he came to Kolhapur is also to be seen here.
Rankala Lake is One of the most famous tourist spots of Kolhapur. It is a beautiful lake, named after the ancient temple of Rank Bhairav , who was believed to be a personification of lord Shiva. The temple is now located in the centre of the lake
The Rankala Lake is a very famous tourist attraction for people from all over the world. Marked by the natural beauty and peaceful environment that it provides, it sure does become one of the must-visits on everyone's list. The lake was built by Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the king of Kolhapur. The lake has Rajghat and Marathghat as the two ghats. The lake covers an area of as large as 107 hectares. The lake is generally visited during the evening time.
The Rankala Lake is a place of peaceful and calm beauty further mystified with various legends. This Lake has a circumference of nearly 4.5 miles. On its west lies the regal Shalini palace and on its east is the Padma Raje gardens. The Rankala lake has a very interesting history dating back to the days of Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.
It is believed that the Rankala Lake is not a real natural lake and it was built by Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. Locals believe that the lake is connected to a well that is in Panhala fort. It is also said that Shivaji Maharaj used this tunnel to cross over to Panhala fort.
It is believed that there was Rankabhairav temple which is submerged in the lake. The Rankabhairav temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a temple at the side of the Rankala Lake which has a statue of Shiva's ‘vahan’ Nandi. According to the legend, Lord Shiva uses Nandi for travelling and thus this statue of Nandi moves towards the direction of the lake by the distance of one wheat grain every day and comes back to its original position. It is believed that the world will come to an end when the statue of Nandi reaches up to the lake.
Apart from the inherent natural beauty and the regal beauty of the Shalini palace and the Padma Raje gardens, the Lake also offers a host of activities to keep tourists entertained. Tourists can enjoy Horseback riding and boating. There are various food stalls along the lake which serve delicious snacks at reasonable prices. The banks of the lake are well-maintained with seating arrangements and picturesque gardens.
Of twelve Jyotirlingas this is one of the temple. This is also known as Kedarnath and Wadi According to Hindu Mythological Story, Jotiba helped Mahalaxmi in her fight with the demons. Namely the Ratnasur. He founded his kingdom on this mountain. He belongs to the Nath cult. This God is avtaar of Guard (Bhairav). Jyotiba is believed to be an incarnation of three main Gods, namely Mahesh, Vishnu and Brahma. Jotiba killed demon Ratnasur with the help of Mahalakshmi, due to this incidence name of village was named Wadi Ratnagiri. As it is a long name public accepted this place in the name of God ‘Jotiba’ instead.
Jyotiba Temple is situated at a distance of about 24 km from Kolhapur to the North and is located at an elevation of about 3,100 ft above sea level.
The original temple named Kedarnath was built by Navaji saya. Ranoji Shinde built the present temple in 1730 in its place. Second temple of kedareshwar was built by Daulatrao Shinde in 1808. Third temple of Ramling was constructed by Malji Panhalkar in 1780. The interior is ancient and the idol is four-handed. There are other temples and Light-towers or ‘Dip-malas’ in the premises.
On Chaitra Purnima there is a big fair held, when lakhs of devotees come with tall sticks called as Sasan sticks. The process of sprinkling of 'Gulal' the holy pink powder, whole mountain is turned pink.
Decorated, colourful bamboo sticks called as SASAN KATHI is attraction of this fair. There are more than 2000 Sasan kathies. Sequence of these sticks is traditional. People from various parts of the state and country take part in this procession.
In addition to this fair there are some other celebrations in temple. Sunday is a preferable visiting day by devotees so it is a crowded. People from local areas visit other week days except Sunday. Palkhi procession is carried out on the full moon day.
There is another Temple of ‘Yamai’ Goddess on the northern part of hill. She is sister of Jotiba.
Sunday is sacred to Jotiba. In the last few years much improvement has been made by the people and on the government level. A new Plaza Garden has been undertaken by the Government.
The lush green hills, the terraced farms and the mist, gift Panhala with a unique glamorous and heavenly look. Situated at a decent height of 3177 feet above sea level, Panhala commands a scenic and astonishing view of the valley below.
The picturesque hill resort, Panhala lies in the lap of the Sahyadri mountain range.
While at Panhala it is a must visit to the Ambarkhana. It was built by the Marathas and houses different sections such as the administrative section, the palace, the mint, and the grainary. Names of the granaries are Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati, and could store as much as 25,000 khandis of grain. Since the soil was not suitable for cultivation, the provisions had to be made for stock. There one can see the Teen Darwaja i.e. the three important gates to gain access to the fort.
Sajja Kothi that was built by the Mohammedans in 1008 AD is another major attraction at Panhala. The story goes thus. In the famous encounter of Shivaji, 'Escape from Panhalgad’, Siddi Johar, surrounded Panhala, he fooled the general by escaping from the window of Sajja Kothi. Shiva Kashid, The brave stalwart was disguised as Shivaji coped with the rage of the siddhi.
The Ambabai temple
The Ambabai temple is another, must visit at Panhala.
Being a, religious devotee, Shivaji Mharaj did not undertake any menace without paying homage to the Goddess.
It is built in the memory of Sambhaji the ruler of Kolhapur.
One can see Someshwar tank also. The tank was formed due to the unearthing of stones that were required for the construction of the fort wall. There is a very wel disguised well with a three-storied structure on top, Andhar Bav. This was insulated to prevent any kind of water poisoning by the enemy.
The Nayakini Sajja
The Nayakini Sajja at Panhala demonstrates the wise warfare strategy used by the Marathas to fool the enemies. The Nayakini Sajja has been very strategically located near one of the corners of the fort to camouflage a deep valley in between.If the enemies attacked from that corner, they would actually climb over the simulated corner of the fort to acquire the Nayakini Sajja and in the venture fall into the deep valley.
Maharaja's Palace and
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum
Maharaja's Palace, also known as the New Palace, was built in 1884 on the designs of Major Mant. The palace is famous for its Hindu and Jain architectural works, inspired from Rajasthani and Gujarati styles. Moreover Maharaja's Palace also showcases the Rajwada style of architecture.
The present Maharaja of Kolhapur resides on the first floor of Maharaja's Palace.
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum is situated on the ground floor of the Maharaja's Palace. The museum is famous among travellers for its beautiful collection of artefacts, sculptures and paintings. At the museum, travellers can view different weapons, costumes, jewellery, trophies, embroidered items and various other belongings of the royal family.
Moreover, travellers can also view the letter from the Governor General of India and the British Viceroy at the museum. The museum is surrounded by beautiful parks, a lake and a zoo with many deers, peacocks & many birds,just a treat to watch them only from few meters. This attract tourists in large number.
Located just a kilometer & half from central bus stand & is one of the tourist attractions.At the museum, travellers can view different weapons, costumes, jewellery, trophies, embroidered items and various other belongings of the royal family. Moreover, travellers can also view the letter from the Governor General of India and the British Viceroy at the museum.
Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir
The Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha located very close to the Mahalaxmi temple.This is one of the oldest temple in the city of Kolhapur. The unique aspect about this temple is that there are no pillars used for supporting the roof of the temple.
Siddhagiri Museum is at Kaneri
nearly 20 to 25 km from Kolhapur. There are many
Miniature Models of ancient Lifestyle , Excellent representation of all walks of life through models ,down the time scale. They have set up an entire village with its environs, people, profession, festive season , celebration.
It also elaborates about the work/contribution of Indian saints in earlier times.
Irwin Agricultural Museum
This Museum in Kolhapur is one of its exclusive type in Maharashtra. Agricultural Museums are rare and this one is very educational.The museum basically showcases various tools and implements used in agriculture as they have evolved over time.