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 to bask in the serenity and tranquillity offered here. 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.
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.
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. There is a carved Gomukh (Face of a Cow), through which water from the temple diverges into River Krishna. 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 stye.
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