It was the erstwhile capital of an important Maratha state and is dotted with some splendid palaces and royal homes. Kolhapur is also known as the ‘Dakshina Kasi’, as the temples here are considered amongst the most important in Maharashtra. The town was also an important centre of arts, wrestling, leather footwear and Marathi film industry.
Ambabai / Temple of Mahalaxmi
This imposing 7th century temple was built by the Chalukyan King Karnadev Ray and is a fine example of Hemadpanti style of architecture. The main sanctum enshrines an idol of goddess Mahalaxmi, weighing 40kg. It is believed that the idol has not been created by human hands, but is in natural form, a primeval monolith of uncut diamonds and precious stones. The shrine attracts a large number of devotees.
The palace was built between 1877 to 1884 and is the residence of the royal family of Kolhapur. There is a Clock Tower, gardens, lake, a wrestling ground, small z00, museum and swimming pool around the place.
The 200 year old palace has a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani.
This modern palace is built in Indo – Saracenic style.
It is a popular picnic site. Other attractions are – Khasbaug Stadium, Ganesh Temple, Kotiterth, Panchganga, Town Hall, Cenotaph, Irwin Museum and Rani’s garden.
Kolhapur Distance Guide