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Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur

Jyotiba Temple

This temple is ensconced on a hill at a height of 3124 feet higher than the water level, eighteen kilometers to the north-west of Kolhapur town. Legend states that 3 gods took the shape of Jyotiba to destroy the evil demon Ratnasur who was terrorizing the region. Jyotiba, the integration of the souls (Jyoti) of three deities- Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesha is believed to possess helped divinity Mahalaxmi to liberate the region from the tyranny of Rakta Bhoj Rakshasa and Ratnasur the demon. Jyotiba based his kingdom on this mountain.

The original Kedareshwar temple was engineered by Navji Saya. In 1730, Ranoji Shinde engineered the current temple in its place. This temple was made in circa 1780 by Malji Nilam Panhalkar. The idol of Jyotiba is four-handed. There are a number of different minor temples and light towers within the premises also. While Sundays are special to go visit this temple, there is also an annual fair that takes place on the full moon night of the Hindu months of Chaitra Vaishakha of every year. On Chaitra Poornima, lakhs and hundreds of devotees throng the temple carrying tall ‘Sasans’ or sticks and chanting Jyotibachya Navane Chang Bhala throughout the procession