Located at a distance of 6 km from the city of Mahabaleshwar; Mahabaleshwar temple is an ancient shrine and an ideal example of the Maratha heritage. Popularly known as the Mahabali, the temple is flocked by tourists and devotees throughout the year. The temple is extremely popular among the Hindus, as Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here. Set up amidst the hilly terrain, this picturesque temple glorifies the Maratha Empire and its rule during the 16th century.
Timings: 6 AM - 12 PM, 4 PM - 7 PM
Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, Mahabaleshwar
Located at the confluence of five rivers - River Krishna, Koyna, Gayatri, Savitri and Veena, the Panch Ganga Temple is a stunning ancient religious monument which was built by Singhandeo, a Yadava King in the 13th century. It has a stone waterspout called Gaumukhi from where, it is believed, that the five rivers originate. The structure, however, is an architectural treat to the eyes and draws enough tourist year on year.
Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM, 4 PM - 9 PM
Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, about 6 Kms from the old market.
The Krishnabai Temple in Mahabaleshwar is a temple built in 1888, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overlooking the picturesque Krishna Valley, it is believed that the location of this temple is the origin of the Krishna River. While the temple hosts a Shiva lingam and an exquisite statue of Lord Krishna, it also boasts of stone-carved columns and ceilings that showcase the ancient Hemadpanti architectural style.
Timings: 6 AM - 12 PM, 4 PM - 8 PM
Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, about 5 mins walk from the old market.
Housing the Swayambhi Shiva Linga, Shree Shankar Temple is a very holy site for Hindus near Mahabaleshwar. Also known as the Trigunatmaka - trio of the deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara, the Shiva Linga here is unique for its shape as that of Rudraksha. Carvings of the Panchganga rivers can be seen on the top of the Shiva Linga.
Location: 71 Km south of Mahabaleshwar. One can take a private vehicle or hire a taxi.
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