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Mahalaxmi Temple

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Mahalaxmi Temple The foundation of this temple was laid down by the Chalukya ruler, Karandev in the  seventh century AD.He initiated the construction and then in the ninth century, the Shilahara Yadavas beautified it further.It is an important spiritual center which draws millions of pilgrims from all over the world. The temple houses the revered idol of the goddess — Mahalaxmi or Amba Bai which weighs upto 40 kgs.The idol exists in its natural form of primeval monolith carved out of uncut diamonds and precious stones.It is known as Swayambhu.Besides the temple also houses the temples of other deities such as Kashi Vishweshwar, Kartikaswami, Sheshashayi, Siddhivinayak, Mahaswaraswati, Mahakali, Shree Dutta and Shree Ram.The temple organise enthusiastic celebrations on the occassion of Chaitra Poornima and Navratri.On every Friday the ‘Palkhi’ ritual is performed.

Jyotiba Temple

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Jyotiba temple is an important Hindu religious destination located at an altitude of 3124 feet above sea level in the Panhala range of Maharashstra. It is believed that the main deity the Jyotiba is formed from the souls of three Primary Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Legendery stories tell that Jyotiba is formed to kill the demon Ratnasur. 

Visiting and offering prayers to the Incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as Jyotiba is a sacred ritual according to Hindu belief. Devotees and tourists throng to this temple premises for the large fair held yearly in the full moon days in the months of Vaishakh and Chaitra.

Maharaja's Palace

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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.

Bhavani Mandap

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The oldest and also biggest structure in Kolhapur is Bhavani Mandap, which was known as Glory of the city. This building was constructed during the period 1785-1800 AD of the Kolhapur ruler Shivaji Maharaj II. Originally the Mandap had 14 squares and the invasion of Muslim King Sadatkhan in 1813 ruined 7 squares. 

In the middle of the Bhavani Mandap, a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani is placed. The mandap is a wonderful structure with many adornments like cluster of lights (Zumbur) brought from Italy and the major entrance hall is splendid and tall. A lively statue of Shahu Maharaj is placed near the hall and varieties of stuffed creatures are preserved in the hall adding the beauty of the Mandap.

New Palace and Chhatrapati Sahu Museum

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New Palace and Chhatrapati Sahu Museum, was built in 1884, it is also known as the Maharaja's New Place. Major Mant designed the palace. The architecture of the palace is a combination of Jain and Hindu influences from Gujarat and Rajasthan, and local Rajwada style. The first floor is for the present Maharaja, while the ground floor is dedicated to a fine collection of costumes, weapons, games, jewellery, embroidery and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles. A letter from the British Viceroy and Governor General of India is the other memorabilia. Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum is in the New Palace. Curious and interesting collections from the possessions of Maharaja Shahaji Chhatrapati like guns, trophies and clothes are preserved here

Khasbag Maidan

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Khasbag Maidan, 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.

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.

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

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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.

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.