Monday, August 1, 2011

Kolhapur - The land of magnificent temples ( Mahalaxmi Temple)

Kolhapur is situated on the banks of the river Panchganga and is the location of the Temple of Mahalakshmi, a Hindu goddess. Its a city of palaces and gardens, it is a historic Maratha city, with the Mahalakshmi temple forming the focus.



Mahalaxmi Temple

The most interesting part of every tourist visit to Kolhapur is the offering of prayesr to Mahalxmi goddess. It is said that every devotee after seeking the blessing of lord Triputi Balaji also visit Shri Mahalaksmi to seek her blessing as well as to complete the holy pilgrims.
It is situated around 3 km from Bus stand and Railway station.





Mahalaxmi Temple - Kolhapur


Mahalaxmi Temple - Kolhapur


Mahalakshmi Temple - Kolhapur


New Palace & Museum

This palace belongs to Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj. This palace is situated around 2-3 km from railway station. Palace campus is very large and contains a small area for animals and birds.  A large collection of Swords and gun fire equipment magnifies the interest. Apart from  antique paining and article, a large collection of article made by animals skins and khurs ( last portion of feet) are here. Various animals are preserved here by some way like lion ,tiger,birds and junglee buffalo.
Taking pictures are banned here so i am posting picture of outside the museum.
I saw a dancing peacock which was a amazing experience. This place of good hangout picnic place for tourist and  families.



New Palace & Museum- Sahuji




New Palace & Museum campus


New Palace & Museum campus


New Palace & Museum campus




Siddhagiri Museum ( Kaneri Math)

It is situated around 12 km from the Kolhapur city. You can reach here by auto, bus(KMT). Its a very good museum which have a lot of statues to represent vilaage life
in India and peoples  ancient time like Patanjali,Aaryabhatt,Chatak etc. Again taking picture is banned here so  i am posting pictures which were out of restricted campus but believe me inside you will find different and quite amazing 
experiance. A small children amusement park is also here.A number of local people and tourist come on the weekends.    

Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math


Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math

Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math

Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math

Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math

Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math


Siddhgiri Museum - Kaneri Math



Rankala Lake
Rankala Lake is situated a walk able distance from mahalakshmi temple. Most relaxing moment a feel at side of this lake. You should come the time of sunset and relax here. Boating clubs are also here which gives you ride of 15 mins of the lake. A kind of Chowpati feel comes here by plenty of options of food and snakes. One most important thing i forgot to tell about Kolhapur is spicy food.
I loved the food of Kolhapur specially Jhunka bhakari,Veg Kolhapuri,Veg Banjara and last but not least Misal pav - i had it three time in 2 days :-).
As i am vegetarian so i unable to comment about non-veg food. But my friends were appreciating the non-veg food also.

Rankala Lake - Kolhapur

Enjoying kolhapuri food


3 comments:

  1. Nice post. You missed Jyotiba temple and Panhala fort though.

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  2. @Justdoit: Nopes....second day i went to Panhala fort and Jyotiba temple. My next post will be on this only.

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