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Kunkeshwar

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"The Konkan Kashi"

Kunkeshwar Tourism

Kunkeshwar is a village on the bank of the Arabian Sea. The village is known for Kunkeshwar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kunkeshwar is also famous for producing Alphonso mangoes.

Known to be a perfectly peaceful and tranquil place, the highlight of the hamlet is the revered Shiva temple. Besides, the chiming of the temple bells along with the crashing of waves on the golden sunlit shores makes the place even more enticing, even more meditative. People visit here mostly to pay respect to the gods but other than that, you can also find tourists.

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Places to Visit in Kunkeshwar

1. Kunkeshwar Beach

Kunkeshwar Beach is the most popular tourist spot in the hamlet of Kunkeshwar. Boasting of a lengthy coastline and golden sandy shores, the beach is also home to the Shiva Temple. In addition to that, Kunkeshwar Beach is nestled in the midst of hills that make the spot even more appeasing. People come here for a swim in the calm cool waters. Or simply or rest their minds in a perfectly tranquil atmosphere.

2. Shiva Temple

Shiva Temple is another major highlight in Kunkeshwar that also is a reason for major tourist influx including both pilgrims and regular tourists. There are several myths and legends associated behind the origin and establishment of the temple. It is held in high regard and is considered to be an important pilgrimage spot by the Hindus.

3. Kunkeshwar Cave

Surrounding the popular Shiva Temple are several caves, some of which have been converted to temples and have been enshrined by other gods and goddesses, one of which is Goddess Parvati (Wife of Lord Shiva) etc. There are other religious entities engraved and carved on other caves like Ganesh, Garuda, and Nandi etc. There are also sculptures and beautiful carvings that you can find here.

4. Natural Shivlings

Every now and then, there are natural shivlings discovered near the temple, some are carved on the caves, others on the nearby rocks. There is one famous sea rock where a Shivling has been carved. It is believed that this one has been carved naturally, by the waves in the sea.

History of Kunkeshwar

The history of the village of Kunkeshwar can be traced back to several hundred years ago. It is believed that a Muslim sailor was travelling in the sea for trade when he was caught in a storm. As he dreaded dying, he spotted a lamp on a beach closest to him that was the Kunkeshwar Beach. He prayed to the lamp that whoever it is that it was or whoever owned that lamp, if that could help him land in peace, he will build a temple for it.
Fortunately enough, he was saved from the storm and landed safe on the shore. Once he got off safe, he did get a temple built at the spot he spotted the lamp. Also, the lingam of God Shiva was already there at the spot. But later, he was scared that he will not be accepted in his community as he built a temple for the Hindus. So he jumped and committed suicide from the rooftop of the temple soon after.

Festivals in Kunkeshwar

Mahashivratrii is the grandest event celebrated in the village of Kunkeshwar as it is believed to be the day of Lord Shiva. Several devotees and pilgrims gather here with the locals to prepare for the annual event. The lanes are decorated with lights and diyas, and a feast is arranged. The celebrations go on for a total of three days.

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How To Reach Kunkeshwar

The nearest railway station to Kunkeshwar is at a distance of 42 km in Nandgaon. But the most convenient railway station is 60 km away in Kankavli where most trains stop.

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