More Shiva Temples :108 Famous Shrines in Maharashtra ; Part -12 (Post No.11,991)

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Post No. 11,991

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Shree Dwadasha Jyotirlingam Stotram

सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्।
उज्जयिन्यां महाकालम्ॐकारममलेश्वरम्॥१

परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमाशंकरम्।
सेतुबंधे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥२

वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यंबकं गौतमीतटे।
हिमालये तु केदारम् घुश्मेशं च शिवालये॥३

एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः।
सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥४

Saurashtre Somanatham Cha Shrishaile Mallikarjunam |
Ujjaiyinyam Mahakaalam Omkarama-Maleshwaram |1||

Paralyam Vaidyanatham Cha Dakinyam Bheemashankaram |
Setubandhe Tu Ramesham Nagesham Darukavane |2||

Varanasyam Tu Vishvesham Tryambakam Gautamitate |
Himalaye Tu Kedaram Gushmesham Cha Shivalaye |3||

Atani Jyotirlingani Sayam Pratah Pathennarah |
Saptajanma Kritam Papam Smaranena Vinashyati |4||

Part 12

50.Velneshwar Shiva Temple of Ratnagiri 

The charming coastal village of Velneshwar is famous for its pristine beaches, coconut plantations and the revered Velneshwar Shiva Temple.

At a distance of 17 km from Guhagar and 72 km from Ganpatipule, Velneshwar Temple and Beach are located at Velneshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.; it is  dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Earlier, the temple was built by Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale.

Representing an example of ancient Hindu architectural style, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. The main sanctum of the temple is adorned with paintings and stone carvings representing various episodes of mythology. This temple is visited by a large number of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri.


51. Baneshwar Mahadev Temple in Nasrapur near Pune

Baneshwar Temple of Lord Shiva is situated in Nasrapur village 36 kms from Pune.  It is a pleasant and calm place amidst a jungle. The temple hosts an important bell which was captured by Chimaji Appa after defeating the Portuguese in the battle of Bassein in 1739. It is at least 300 years old.


52.Jyotiba temple, near Wadi Ratnagiri, Kolhapur District

Jyotiba Temple (Marathi: ज्योतिबा) is a holy site of Hinduism near Wadi Ratnagiri in Kolhapur district. The deity of the temple is known by the same name. An annual fair takes place on the full moon night of the Hindu months of Chaitra and Vaishakha.

There is a belief that Shiva defeated Demon Ratnasur on the hill. As per some devotees Shiva took the fierce Kalbhairav form to defeat the demon. The deity is also referred to as Khandoba.

 Jyotiba sits on a horse, and therefore it is possible that he may symbolically represent the sun god. The image faces south, towards Mahalakshmi temple, in Kolhapur as a protective gesture towards her. 

To reach the sanctum of the temple, tourists will have to cross over 100 stairs. The current structure of the temple was built by the Scindia family of Gwalior. Main deity of the temple is the form of ‘Shivlinga,’ also known as Kedareshwar. Besides, there is an idol of Yamai and Chopadai. Jyotiba temple is situated at a height of 3124 feet above sea level . The temple is 18 km north-west of Kolhapur and around 55  km from Sangli.


53.Marleswar cave Shiva Temple

It is located at 17 km from Devrukh and 44 km from Sangameshwar Road railway station. Marleshwar is a small Shiva temple in Sangameshwar subdivision of Ratnagiri district . It takes about one and a half hours to reach by road; visitors then climb 300–400 steps.

The temple is in a cave and has a small viewing platform from which the magnificent Dhareshwar Waterfalls can be admired. Every year thousands of devotees visit and perform ablutions in the nearby Bav River.A trek through Chiplun to reach Marleshwar Temple takes about three days, from Helwak through Chandoli Forest.

The devotees in the Marleshwar temple interact with venomous snakes present all over the temple. The shocking fact is that not a single death has occurred so far by the bite of any venomous snake inside the temple. In fact, the venomous snakes and cobras are very friendly with the devotees.

Makara sankranti is the most popular festival in this place. On Makarsankranti, Marleshwar and Girijadevi’s marriage takes place. It is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. There are many fares organized on Mahashivarati and Poornima.

The Shiva linga was brought to this temple way back in the 18th century.


54. Sangameshwar Shiva Temple, Haripur

The Sangmeshwar Temple of Sangli is one of the popular temples in the region. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and its most busy time is the Shravana month of the Hindu calendar, during which, it sees a large number of devotees, especially on Mondays.

The confluence of Krishna and Warna rivers is at Haripur . Gurucharitra was written 700 years ago which has mentioned the old Sangameshwar Temple in Haripur. The worship of Sangameshwar is done under the name of Markandeya. In the month of Shravan 1000s of devotees visit this sacred place for offering prayers. At the same time a big festival is also held. In the year 1768 Govind Hari Patwardhan made houses for the Brahmins, which is why the town is known as Haripur as a tribute to Hari Patwardhan.


55. Kunkeshwar Shiva temple, Devgad

Kunkeshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva Temple situated in the Kunkeshwar village, which is 14 Kms from Devgad town. It is surrounded by a pristine beach with a long stretch of seashore and white sand, adding to its beauty. This temple has charming architecture reminiscent of the South Indian style of temple architecture, which the Yadav Kings built in 1100 A.D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj rejuvenated this temple many times and was a frequent visitor. It is also known as the Kashi of South Konkan and is visited by devotees during the Mahashivratri festival.

Kunkeshwar has an exciting story when an Iranian sailor travelled far in the sea for trade. As soon as the sailor came close to the Kunkeshwar beach, sudden problem cropped up. The sailor was a Muslim who then promised to build a temple if the problem was solved. He kept his promise but, sadly, committed suicide, fearing that people from his religion won’t accept him.

On the eastern side of the temple, there are caves from the Pandav times with beautifully carved male and female warriors in black rock. The temple also has a Ganesh idol and a Shiv-linga and Nandi .

The nearest railway station is in Nandgaon which is approximately 42 kilometers away from Kunkeshwar, while Kankavli railway station is 60 kilometers away.


56. Shikhar Shingnapur temple

Shambhu Mahadev mandir in Shingnapur. It is famous for its Shani Graha (Planet Saturn)  temple as well.

Shikhar Shingnapur Shiva temple is located in Shingnapur hills, near Satara district . its an old temple devoted to lord Shiva.

1. there are many shivlingas (around 8) in the temple. Thats why this temple is also known as dakshin kailash.

2. in the inner sanctum, there are two shivlingams. One can  see 2 shivlingas and 5 nandi statues here.

3. In the month of march-april, great fair or “jatra” is held here. During this time, many devotees and kawadi visit the temple via mungi ghaat. shivling with the water is brought by devotees in their kavadis. During mahashivratri festival large number of  devotees visit this temple.

4. As per legend, lord Shiva and Parvati ma got married here.

To be continued…………………………………………

Tags- Velneswar, Baneswar, Kunkeswar, Shingnapur Mahadev, Sangameswar, Marleswar, Jyotibha, Shiva, Temples, beach

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