About Kolhapur—


         Kolhapur with its rich, colourful historical and mythical past stands out among the various cities in Maharastra State. The city is situated on the banks of river Panchaganga and is nestled among the Sahyadri ranges and surrounded by beautiful fortresses and hillocks. The name Kolhapur originates around Dravidian times when it is said that the aborgines of the region worshipped a powerful mother goddess named 'kolla'. Some say that the name originates around the temple of goddess Mahalaxmi. She, after the great deluge, salvaged the city by using her mace(kur) and hence the name 'Karveer'. At present the city is supposedly the fourth largest city in Maharastra and boasts a booming commercial centre, flourishing Dairy and Sugar industry.


Shree Mahalaxmi Temple


         The Shri Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur in Maharashtra,India,is one of the Shakti Peethas, listed in various puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, a shakti peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power. The Kolhapur peetha is of special religious significance,being one of the six places where it is believed one can either obtain salvation from desires or have them fulfilled.
         The temple takes its name from Mahalakshmi, the consort of vishnu,and it is believed that the divine couple reside in the area.The temple belongs, architecturally, to the Kannada Chalukya empire, and may have been first built circa 700 AD. Mounted on a stone platform, the image of the four armed and crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The Shri yantra is carved on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion, the vahana of the goddess, stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag — the serpent of Vishnu. In Her four hands, the deity of Mahalakshmi holds objects of symbolic value. The lower right hand holds a mhalunga (a citrus fruit), in the upper right, a large mace (kaumodaki) with its head touching the ground, in the upper left a shield (khetaka), and in the lower left, a bowl (panpatra). Unlike most Hindu sacred images, which face north or east, the image of this deity looks west (Pashchim). There is a small open window on the western wall, through which the light of the setting sun falls on the face of the image for three days around the 21st of each March and September.

Bhavani Mandap
         This palace is behind Mahalaxmi Mandir. This palace was built around 200 years ago and it was the royal residence. in the year 1813 it was partly destroyed in a fire. later on it was reconstructed. This palace has old fashioned architecture and it is huge in size and strong in construction. Shri Chhatrapati got this Bhavani temple built for members of his family.This temple and its surrounding area is proof of the royal wealth. Shri Chhatrapati used to


Rankala Lake
Rankala Lake is a serene lake located perfectly in a picturesque backdrop in Kolhapur. The lake was constructed by the Kolhapur Chathrapatis (Emperors). This historical lake has a temple nearby with a mammoth structure of Nandi, the chariot of Lord Shiva. Presently this is a favorite location for the local people to spend their evenings and weekends The Padpath Udyan recently constructed by the local authorities offer good facilities for lake conduct Dasera Court in this temple.The lake is famous for boating and also the lake shore offers horse riding facilities.


Shalini Palace

         Shalini Palace is located very close to the famous Rankala lake.It was built in 1931 to 1934 and cost approx 8.00 lacs to build. Surrounded by tall palm trees and lush green lawns this palace offers visitors a magnificient place of interest in kolhapur which at the same time provides a wonderful backdrop to the lake. The palace was constructed with italian marble and black stone.The main door has Belgium glass and the inscription work on it reflects the majesty of the Royal family of kolhapur. You can enjoy the reflection of the
palace on a moonlite night on the Rankala lake,as well as its serene beauty during sunset.


Khasbaug Maidan

         One more attraction the city of Kolhapur can offer the tourists. many great wrestlers of India have shown their wrestling skills in this stadium. The art of wrestling developed during the life time Shri Shahu Maharaj as he used to love this art very much. He converted this Khasbaug maidaninto proper stadium.This stadium has capacity to accommodate 20,000 people.


Jyotiba Temple

         Jyotiba temple is an important Hindu religious destination located at an altitude of 3124 feet above sea level in the Panhala range of Maharashstra. It is believed that the main deity the Jyotiba is formed from the souls of three Primary Gods,,Brahma Vishnu and Shiva.Legendery stories tell that Jyotiba is formed to kill the demon Ratnasur. Visiting and offering prayers to the Incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as Jyotiba is a sacred ritual according to Hindu belief. Devotees and tourists throng to this temple premises for the large fair held yearly in the full moon days in the months of Vaishakh and Chaitra.

Panhala
         Panhala lies on the Sahyadri Mountain Range and is situated in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is about 22 km to the northwest of Kolhapur on the Kolhapur-Ratnagiri road and is at an altitude of 3177 feet above sea level.

Amboli
         Amboli is situated approx. 135 km from kolhapur. Nestled amongst the beautiful sahyadri ranges, it is about 630 mts above sea level and is considered one of the prime hill stations in Maharashtra. It is surrounded by thick forests and ravines and tall cliffs. Considering its location and lovely climate it is a perfect picnic spot as well as a 'Retreat' from the crowded cities and towns. There are numerous waterfalls, a sunset point and a holy site close to 'Amboli'. Maharashtratourism has a resort built for visitors who would like to stay at 'Amboli'