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New Palace, KolhapurMahalaxmi Temple, KolhapurIrwin Agriculture Museum, KolhapurRankala Lake, KolhapurMaharaja's Palace, KolhapurShahuji Chhatrapati Museum, KolhapurPanhala Fort, KolhapurBahubali Hill Temple, KolhapurSiddhagiri Museum(Kaneri Math), KolhapurShalini Palace, Kolhapur

Welcome to Kolhapur,

Kolhapur is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city is situated on the banks of river Panchganga and is known as 'Dakshin Kashi'. The name Kolhapur is famed all over India and abroad by the common names of most demanded items like Kolhapuri Chappal, Kolhapuri cuisine and Kolhapuri gur. Legend says that Kolhapur is named after the wish of a demon named Kolhasur, killed by Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Irwin Agricultural Museum, Mahalaxmi temple known as Dakshin Kashi and Bahubali Jain temple are some of the nearby attractions. Shopping is a wonderful experience in Kolhapur. Apart from the specialized items, all types of textile products, artifacts and gift items are available plenty in big and small malls in Kolhapur.

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Famous Places in Kolhapur
Bahubali Hill Temple
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Bahubali Hill Temples are located 27 km south of Kolhapur, Maharashtra on the Bahubali Hills. Huge devotees thronged the temple to worship the 28-feet tall marble statue of Bahubali and visit the temples of the 24 Tirthankaras or saints. These hills are popularly known as 'Kumbhojgiri'. A Celibacy Resort was established in 1935 and named after the sage Bahubali who mediated here about 300 years before.

This temple looks very beautiful and splendid. The scene of the forest and the village farms looks full of delight and beauty. People visiting these temples have to climb about 400 steps. A fair is held here on the 15th day of the bright half of the month of Kartak, on the 15th day of the bright half of the month Chaitra and on the 10th of day the dark half of the month of Magasar.


Bhavani Mandap
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Bhavani Mandap is a historical building situated in the walled city center of Kolhapur in southern Maharashtra, India. It is located near the famous and mammoth Mahalaxmi Temple on the west. It is the glory of the city. Being the biggest and oldest building, it has historical importance. When Kolhapur became self-governed, this place was built. It has fine and sound construction with 14 squares.

Tomb to right with coloured fishes and a tiny temple of Lord Shiva, all appears to be history incarnate! Opposite to the temple is a grand hall-pendal which was erected in 1918 A.D when Shreemant Akkasaheb Maharaj, daughter of Shahu Maharaj was married. Further, during 1926-30 Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj gave a new form to it. Taking away original wooden arches, the hall was made tall and splendid. Within the compound walls of the Mandap, Motibag Gymnasium, Rajwada Police Station, Maharashtra Battalion are working on a splendid entrance gate.


Chandrakant Mandare Museum
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Chandrakant Mandare was a well-known Marathi actor and an artist. He played different roles in Marathi films and devoted his life to art. He was a master in paintings and powder shading. He donated his art gallery to Government of Maharashtra which is now Chandrakant Mandare Museum.

Most of his paintings depicted the natural scenery in and around Kolhapur. He also painted other significant spots in the country and abroad. He claimed that the natural beauty of his country has been a source of inspiration for him. He was always excited about depicting the new sights and places he experienced. This veteran was a tireless globetrotter. The world famous Niagara Falls has also been his visual pleasure and his painting of the falls is as bewitching as the actual falls.

He handed over the treasures of his various pictures, mostly landscapes, to the State Government of Maharashtra (India), which has taken on the responsibility of managing the academy dedicated to him. His paintings are displayed in the above academy in 7th Lane, Rajarampuri, Kolhapur. The Academy distributes awards and scholarships every year to talented and hardworking painters.


Dajipur Sanctuary
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The Dajipur Bison Sanctuary is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg district in Town Radhanagari. It is a charming tourist center with a verity of animals, birds and beauty of nature. The forest is famous for "Gava" buffalo. There are ample antelopes, deer, bears and serpents. The Jungle Resort is a scenic spot near the backwater of the Radhanagari dam. It is surrounded by hilly areas and thick forests abundant in wildlife.

You can spot bison, wild deer, chital, gava etc. here. You'll find Gagangiri Maharaja's Math in the forest area. The special trekking camp is more than just fun. It's an enlightening excursion, a must for botanical students.

This place is Heaven for adventure seekers, Treking , Roaming about in the forests and all such activities can be done here with great pleasure.


Gaganbavada
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Gaganbavada is a hill station nearby Kolhapur. Located at a pretty height from sea level, the hill station is a summer resort. The calm ambience and cool climate make this place a much sought tourist destination in Kolhapur. The hill station is aptly placed in the background of lush green woods and undulated hilly regions.

Gaganbavada is a spot for nature lovers. Those who love serene secluded atmosphere for a holiday stay can spend the leisure time here in the lap of Mother Nature. One can enjoy the cool breeze and experience the twittering of lovely birds, without any interference.


Gagangiri Maharaj Math(Cloister)
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Gagangiri Maharaj Math is renowned as a spiritual destination for domestic and foreign travelers. The Math is located in the midst of dense forests and thick green vegetation at Dajipur near to Kolhapur. Shri Gagangiri Maharaj was a Hindu Sanyasi (Sage) following the Nath Sampradaya.

The life and history of the sage tell that Gagangiri Maharaj spent many years in this Mutt undergoing penance from 1932 to 1940. The Sage spent all these years in meditation in the deep jungle in this Math. This Ashram offers the Hindu teachings, yoga and meditation practices and also serves as a religious temple for the devotees. It is an attractive place to undergo meditation, yoga and understand clearly Indian culture and religious importance.


Irwin Agricultural Museum
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Irwin Agricultural Museum is a cute museum in the center of Kolhapur city. This museum is specifically meant to display farming related articles and equipments. Apart from these agricultural items, an exquisite collection of ancient Andhra coins is displayed here. It also showcases pottery items and rare bronze artifacts, all of which are mined from Brahmapuri Hill.

There is a statue of Poseidon places elegantly in the museum which is a major attraction of tourist. Presently the museum is used as Swaraj Bhavan, the office of the collector of Kolhapur.


Jyotiba Temple
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This temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This is also called Kedarnath and Wadi Ratnagiri. Mythology says, Jotiba helped Mahalaxmi in her fight with the demons. He founded his kingdom on this mountain. He belongs to the Nath cult. He was born in the hands of Vimalmbuja, the wife of the sage Pougand, on Chaitra Shukla 6. This God is avtaar of Guard (Bhairav). Jotiba killed demon Ratnasur who troubled civilians. With this incidence name of village was Wadi Ratnagiri. Instead of taking such long name public accepted this place as the name of God 'Jotiba' and this name became famous.

It is situated to the north of Kolhapur in the deep, surrounded by green mountains and black precipices. The original temple was built in 1730 by Navajisaya. It is 330' high from sea-level. The interior is ancient and the idol is four-handed. There are other temples and Light-towers. On Chaitra Poornima (appr. In Mar-Apr.) a big fair is held, when lacs of devotees come with tall (Sasan) sticks. Due to scattering of 'Gulal' the whole mountain is turned pink.

Decorated bamboo sticks called as SASAN KATHI are attraction of this fair. Not less than 2000 sticks are traditionally involved in fair. Sequence of these sticks is a convention. It is not changeable. A colorful procession of SASAN KATHI is main attraction of fair. Devotees from abroad and various parts of country take part in this procession.

Except this fair there are some other celebrations in temple. Sunday is a preferable visiting day. Naturally it is a crowded. Devotees from local areas prefer other weekly days except Sunday. On the full moon day a Palkhi procession is carried out. There is other temple of goddess 'Yamai' on the northern part of hill. She is believed to be sister of Jotiba.


Kashi Vishveshwar Temple
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It stands previous to the compilation of 'Karveer-Mahatmya'. It is in the premises of 'Ghati-Darvaja' to the north of Mahalaxrni Mandir. The 'Pinda' (round-oblong stone) is called Kashi Vishweshwar. The 'Karveer-Mahatmya' says that it was visited by sage Agasti, Lopamudra, King Pralhada and King Indrasen Formerly, before the Mandir there were two holy tanks-Kashi and Mani Kamika, of which Manikamika is completely drained, and upon it the corporation has started a garden (Mahalaxmi Udyana) since 1962, While the present condition of Kashi Kund is very pitiable.

The interior of the Mandir is 10' x 10'. It is said that in the outer small Mandap there is an ancient cave meant for meditation. In the entrance part there are idols of Ganapati, Tulsi etc. Adjacent is a small temple of Jotiba. This Mandir might have been built during 6-7 A. D., King Gandvadix extended it. Ghati Darwaja, Kartik Swami, Shesha Varma, Navagraha Mandir belong to the same period.


Katyani Devi Temple
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Kolhapur has a peculiar cultural influence owing to various ancient temples. Formerly, other deities were established around central Mahalaxmi for her protection Siddha Batukeshwar in the east, Tryamboli in the west, Jyotirling in the north 5 Katyayani to the south. This Deity is mentioned in the 'Karveer-Mahatmya.'

In ancient times the Demon Kolhasur had kept Demon Raktabeej for the protection of this area. In the mean time, Mahalaxmi declared war against Kolhasur and sent Bhairava to suppress Raktabeej. But as soon as he was struck, many demons began to be created out of his blood. So Bhairav was powerless. Then Mahalaxrni at once sent Katyayani who made 'Amrut Kund' (Nectar tank) and kept in it illusionary demons born of blood. Again rejuvenating Bhairav's army, Katyayani destroyed Raktabeej. So goes the mythological story.

It is found from historical records that Chhatrapati Shahu, Rajaram and Akkasaheb Maharaj used to visit the temple, on hunting campaign. This temple should prove a pleasant relief for Kolhapur citizens tired with the dull, daily drudgery of life.


Khasbag Maidan
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Kolhapur is very famous for traditional wrestling sports known as Kusti. Rajashri Shahu Khasbag Maidan is a very famous kusti ground located in the heart of Kolhapur city. The Maidan is very big and can accommodate more than 25,000 spectators.

During the wrestling events, the wrestlers are inspired by the musical background using the instrumental music known as Halagi. The maidan is used as a training camp for Kusti sports persons. The Kusti season extends from June to September every year. Visit to this maidan during the Kusti will be an unforgettable experience.


Kopeshwar Shiva Temple, Khidrapur
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Kharidpur -The Kopeshwar (shiva) Temple - located in Kolhapur district, it is known for one of most outstanding and beautiful examples of Temple Architecture in India, It was built by Shilahara King Gandaraditya, Vijayaditya and Bhoj-II between 1109 and 1178 A.D. The inscriptions dating back to the 12th century clearly support this.The exterior of which is founded on 92 elephant carvings and the interiors embedded amidst 108 stone carved pillars. Besides, the temple is studded with stunning pieces of carvings, ranging from that of Gods and Goddeses, dancing girls, men from Africa and Arabia besides that of birds and animals.

The Temple is divided into four major sections - the Swargamandapam, Sabhamandapam, Antaral Kaksha and Garbha griha. the Swargamandapam is separated from the main temple and has 12 round pillars ascending towards the ceiling. beautiful images of kings, queens and their vehicles are carved on them. the three rows of 12 pillars each are adorned with beautiful artistic designs. A large, black, flat stone 14 feet in diameter is installed at the centre of the Swargamandapam. The Swargmandapam has a circular open ceiling also made of stone is also intricately carved ? meant let out smoke during a Yagna for which the hall was made.


Kotiteertha
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'Karveer Mahatmya': Part 10. Sage Agasti told Lopamudra about it. It is also called 'Pushkareshwar Teerth.' Ancient king Bhanudas is mentioned to have bathed and washed away his sins in this tank. 33 crores of Gods 5 demons had a terrible fight in this city. The Gods were defeated and only a crore survived. As per their appeal, Laxmi, with 9 crores female friends, defeated the demons. The Gods bathed in the tank which was named 'Koti-teerth' as per demons demand.

This is 3 miles far from the Mahalaxmi Mandir, to the east. Original Mandir is very small with natural scenery around. It is customary that a pilgrim should first bathe in the tank and then have Darshan of the 'Pindi' which is black and fine. The interior is 6'x 6'. Usually, worship, Aarati, prayer are done. In these premises attendance of many devotees for diverse reasons is seen.


Mahalaxmi Temple
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Mahalakshmi Temple, an ancient temple in Kolhapur, is dedicated to the Goddess of prosperity Mahalaxmi, locally known as Goddess Amba Bai. This temple had been under the patronage of all the major dynasties who ruled the region and temple is revered by all the royal family members as well as populace of the region. The temple was constructed during the reign of King Karandev of Chalukya dynasty in 7th century AD.

The temple is a marvelous example of architectural style known as 'Hemandpanthi' in ancient India. The walls of the temple complex are adorned with exquisite carvings and many sculptures. The temple complex consists of five towers and a main hall. The idol of Mahalaxmi is very unique, weighing 40 kg, made as a monolithic structure embedded with precious stones and diamonds.

The temple witnesses a heavy inflow of devotees on all occasions. Major festivals celebrated here with much enthusiasm and festivities are Kiranotsav, celebrated for three days from January 31 every year and Navarathri during October.


Maharaja's Palace
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The Maharaja's Palace is an impressive palace in Kolhapur constructed in 1881 and it presently encloses the famous Shahaji Chhatrapati museum. The place was constructed in Indo-Saracenic colonial architectural style and was designed by the renowned British architect Charles Mant.

The museum displays many exquisite and wonderful possessions of the Maharajas' clothes, memorabilia, hunting photos and many such artifacts and utensils. This palace and museum offer a close look at the ancient royal cultures and life styles.


Narsinha Wadi(Narsobawadi)
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In ancient times, there was a thick forest here. Narasinha Saraswati Swami is one of the 16 descents of Lord Datta. Kurundwad was his spot of penance. Wadi has during 1034-1982 tradition of Ramchandra Yogi, Narayan Swami, Mouni Maharaj, Tembe Swami and Mhadaba Patil whose tombs are seen. The original Mandir on the confluence of the Krishna Panchganga has a tradition of 500-600 years. In the daily routine from the dawn. "Maha-pooja with eating leaves and golden crown is worth-seeing. Exept Chaturmas (4 Rainy months) every night the palanquin is taken out before which various hymns are sung. The auspicious, religious atmosphere created is impressing.

The Mandir is managed by Devotees' Mandal under West Maharashtra Devasthan committee. There are shops with Datta Cult-things and sweet marts. Saint Eknath got the Ghat built as per Paithan's. On purnima and Kanyagat big fairs are held. It is 40 Kms. from Kolhapur. Adilshaha was a devotee and donated lands. Yearly 10 Lakh visit. There is Gram Panchayat and facility of conveyances.


New Palace
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This is an ancient building on the Bhavani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road. It was constructed during 1877-1884. Being an excellent specimen of architecture build in black, polished stone, it has been an attraction for the tourists. It has extensive premises with a beautiful garden, fountain and wresting ground. The whole building is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle. The clock on it fixed in 1877. At separate distance there are small towers. On every glass are painted the events in Shivaji's life. There is zoo and a ground lake. Even today, it is the residence of Shreemant Shahu Maharaj.

The principal south facade presents a double-storeyed range, with Neo-Mughal lobed arches beneath and temple-like columns and brackets above.This scheme is interrupted by trefoil arches capped with curving cornices and small domes. The same elements cap the octagonal corner towers. The central porch is marked by a pronounced curved cornice. To one side rises a 45m high clock tower capped with an octagonal domed pavilion. The interior of New Palace accommodates the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum, given over to memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers.


Panchganga Ghat
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Panchaganga Ghat is one of the oldest spots in Kolhapur. The civilisation of Kolhapur began on the banks of River Panchganga. The bank on West end of City is know as Panchganga Ghat. There is an ancient Temple on the Banks and a small Jetty (for washing clothes etc. during old days.) The beautiful scenic look at the River from Jetty though SHIVAJI BRIDGE is worth a snap at anytime. A Small picnic spot is developed near the bridge, giving a good view at the Ghat and the temple.

Every year a Fair is organised here and attracts thousands of tourist from all over Maharashtra and India. Local Authorities have plans to develop this location further for immersion of Ganpati Idols during Ganesh Festival.


Panchganga River
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The Panchganga River, is one of the important rivers in Maharashtra . In English, the name translates as "Five Rivers". The Panchganga River flows through the borders of Kolhapur. It starts from Prayag Sangam (Village: Chikhli, Taluka: Karveer, Dist:Kolhapur). The Panchganga is formed, as has been noted already, by four streams, the Kasari, the Kumbhi, the Tulsi and the Bhogawati. Local tradition believes in an underground stream Saraswati which together with the other four streams make the Panchganga.

Tributaries Of Panchganga River : Kasari River, Kumbhi River, Tulsi River, Bhogawati River etc.


Panhala Fort
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Panhala Fort, also known as Panhalgad, Pahalla and Panalla (literally "the home of serpents"), is located in Panhala, 20 kilometres northwest of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India. It is located at a majestic height of 3127 feet above sea level is an ideal getaway.The joy of experiencing the magical amalgamation of nature and history and drowning in the peace, tranquility and bliss, is possible only at a place like Panhala. Built by King Bhoj in 1052 A.D. and ruled in succession by the Shilahara and Yadava dynasties.

-Prime Attraction at Panhala Fort : Andhar Bavai, Kalavanticha Mahal, Ambarkhana, Dharma Kothi, Sajja Kothi, Teen Darwaza, Wagh Darwaza, Rajdindi bastion, Temples and Mausoleums.


Radhanagari Dam
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Radhanagari Dam is a century old dam built by the Kolhapur ruler Shahu Maharaj and is constructed across Bhogawati River. This dam is used primarily for hydro-electricity power generation and also for irrigation purposes.

The dam is located at a scenic surroundings in the backdrop of thick forest covers. The dam site is a habitat for many birds flora and many visitors reach here to see the spectacular bird species.


Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary
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Radhanagari is a town in Kolhapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary is located in the between the areas of the major reservoirs viz. "Shahu Sagar"and "Laxmi sagar" in Kolhapur district. The entire protected area is undulating with steep escarpments. The soil is reddish and lateritic. High percentage of bauxite ore is found in Plateaus or "Sadas".

The important kinds of forests found are "Southern semi evergreen forest", "Southern Moist Mixed deciduous forest" and "Southern evergreen forest". The main species found over here are Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba, banana etc.

Tourists can spot bull and calf running with its mother or a large herd grazing in the jungles, which is a treat to the eyes and one can recall with delight years later. Other animals, sheltered in the sanctuary are Leopard, Sloth bear, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Sambar, Giant Squirrel, Wild Dogs, counted among some of the major animals found in the protected area.


Rangana(Prasidhhagad) Fort
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Rangana or Prasidhhagad is a hill fort cituated in the Sahyadry mountain on the boundry of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra at the height of 2600 ft above MSL. This fort was built by King Bhoj of Shilahar dynasty in 12th century. The great Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj quanquered it in 1659 from the Aadilshah of Bijapur.

The fort have easy access from the basetown Narur in Kudal taluka of Sindhudurg district.one can also access the fort from Patgaon village in Kolhapur district. There is a big lake on the fort full of water for the whole year.There is one temple of Godess Ranganaai.


Rankala Lake
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Rankala Lake is a serene lake located perfectly in a picturesque backdrop in Kolhapur. Local populace believes that the lake is directly linked to a well in the Fort of Panhala. 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 side walk and view. The lake is famous for boating and also the lake shore offers horse riding facilities.


Samangad Fort
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Samangad is a hill fort in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. It is 2,600 feet above sea level. The fort is situated on the oval-shaped top of the hill. The eight-foot-high wall of the fort which encircled the hill top is still intact. Earlier several cisterns cut out of the rock ensured a plentiful supply of water to the fort but by 1957 most of them were in ruins.

The fort is surrounded by trees; it is developed by the government of Maharashtra as a tourist place. Also Maruti temple and Chaloba temple near fort is visited by devotees.


Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum
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Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, Kolhapur is a museum in Kolhapur town in Indian state of Maharashtra. The museum is housed in the new palace building completed in 1881.The costumes, weapons, games, jewellery, embroidery and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles and the interesting collections from the possessions of Maharaja Shahaji Chhatrapati like guns, trophies and clothes are housed in the museum.

The museum is surrounded by lush green parks, a scenic and serene lake and a magnificent zoo. One can spend his leisure times in this museum or surroundings, to keep away from the busy stressful life. Museum is regularly visited by huge crowds.


Shalini Palace
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Shalini Palace in Kolhapur city in Maharashtra state in India was built in 1931-34 at a cost of Rs. Eight lakhs was named after Princes Shrimant Shalini Raje of Kolhapur. The Palace stands on the west bank of the picturesque Rankala Lake (Circumference-2.5 miles) and is surrounded by towering palm trees, lush greenery and lovely gardens.

The Palace is built of intricately carved black stone and Italian marble Rich decorative wooden doorways fitted with etched Belgium glass bearing the crest of the Maharaja of Kolhapur, add to the regal grandeur. The majestic black stone arches forming the verandah and the porch are breathtakingly beautiful. The stained glass arches and the huge tower clock are restored to their original beauty. On a moonlit night watching the reflection of the Palace in the placid water of Rankala from the Sandhyamath point is an enchanting experience. Currently it is converted into a 3 Star Hotel.


Shankaracharya Math(Cloister)
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Shringeri is one of the 4 'Mathas' founded by Jagatguru Shankaracharya the. Shri Vidya Shankar Bharati, the ruling Shankarcharya there founded this 'Math' at Kolhapur in 13 A. D., The main reason was the religious importance Kolhapur had assumed then. No wonder if the Swami thought that they should have their 'Math' at the great holy place of Maha Laxmi and which is considered as the 'Deccan Kashi.' 'Abhinawa Panchaganga teerwas, Kamala Niketan Karveer Simhasanathishwar Shri Vidya Shankar Bharati Swami' are the phrases forming the title of this chief. This clarifies that Panchaganga Bank and the Maha Laxmi temple were the attractions for the Shankaracharya. It also accounts for Selection of site for the 'Math' on the Panchaganga Bank.


Siddhagiri Museum(Kaneri Math)
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It is 10 km. away from the district. A unique project, perhaps the only project in India situated at Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math, Kaneri, Tal. Karveer, Dist. Kolhapur. The place is near Kolhapur city on Pune Banglore Highway. Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math has a history of more than 1000 years, and is a holy place of worship of Lord Mahadeva. The surrounding around the museum is very calm and quiet, a hilly place with a good collection of Flora and Fauna. The project is a dream village of Mahatma Gandhi. The main objective of the Project is to refresh the history of self sufficient village life before the invasion of Mughals in Maharashtra. There were 12 BALUTEDARS (12 main profession based casts i.e. Professions performed by generation by family members) and 18 ALUTEDARS, who provided equipments to all villagers useful in their day-to-day necessities of domestic as well as Agricultural life.

The first phase of the museum spans over 7 Acres of area with almost 80 main scenes and around 300 statues. Several subtle village lifestyles are taken into consideration. There is a unique combination of expression, accuracy and liveliness in the whole village. Each sculpture has a multi dimensional effect and lifestyle theme which Swamiji very keenly arranged each and every scene to make a proper visual story. In the total cluster the village demonstrate a self sufficient machinery within village.

The Museum projects the entire village as a single family, and as single family members in a joint family. No adulteration, no cut thought practice, no mad Rat Race, No pollution, but Caring, and delightful atmosphere, no bitter feeling, but fertile land, clean water, clean air, quality food, maximum use of natural resources, cattle field, livestock, job satisfaction. All these things are reflecting the beauty, Joy, satisfaction of human race and oneness with nature. It advises us to get back to nature, without disturbing the equilibrium of nature and many other things which are beyond our imagination.


Tryamboli(Temblai) Temple
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Temblai hill is a famous spot in Kolhapur. There is a temple of Goddess "Renukadevi" and other small temple on this Hill. She has graced the temple on a lofty hill to the east of Karveer. There was a tank named 'Tarka Teertha' near, which is available to some extent even now and is called 'Takala'. The original Mandir is small and the idol is self-created. The idol has four hands and is of black stone. The idol poses with back turned to Mahalaxmi Mandir. She is also called 'Trayamali'. She is the spot of devotion of many Karveerians.

In every Ashadha the religious ceremony of pouring water on the steps of the Mandir is celebrated on a grand scale. There is Yamai Mandir also. A statue of Shivaji Maharaj is raised by the Devasthan Committee. A huge Idol of "Ganpati" is situated at the centere of the hill-top. A small garden is developed for visitors. Every year during the month of "Shravan" a one day celebration known as "Tramboli Yatra" takes place.


Vishalgad Fort
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Vishalgad (also called Khelna or Khilna) was one of the important forts of Shivaji and Maratha Empire. The name 'Vishalgad' meaning grand fort in Marathi, was given by Shivaji after annexing it for the Maratha Empire in 1659. The fort is separated by a deep narrow riven from the road terminus. Its vastness is big as per its name Vishal.

The Bhunda Darwaja or a bare gate seen from the busstop shows wrong way of the entry. Actual entry is separate. Nothing is there except the ruins of old buildings. Now the fort is known to people as place of Malik Raihan Dargah. A Sati Mandir is there in memory of Ambadevi the queen of King Rajaram I , who burned as Sati after the death of her husband. The Samadhi or tomb of great warrior Baji Prabhu Deshpande who fought until death with Siddi Masood, commander of Adilshaha who was perusing Shivaji at the time when he escaped from siege of Siddi to fort Panhala and was rushing to Vishalgad.


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