Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mahabaleshwar - Address, Phone Number

Address: State highway 34 KA, Old Mahabaleshwar, Mahabaleshwar, Satara

Phone: +9102168-260318

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Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Timings: 05:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

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The Mahabali or Mahabaleshwar Temple is another example of the Maratha heritage of Mahabaleshwar. Built by the Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century, the temple is built in the South Indian Hemadanta style of architecture. Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. The temple is situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, which is about 6 km north of the main city.

The temple is enclosed by a 5 feet wall and is divided into two areas, the inner and outer rooms. The inner room or the sanctum sanctorum has Shiva as its presiding deity, with a black stone lingam known as Swayambhu, which is the 500 years old self-originated lingam and is enshrined within the sanctum sanctorum. This self-originated lingam is in the shape of Rudraksha and is called Mahalingam, which is considered to be superior to the twelve Jyothir Lingams (stone incarnation of Lord Shiva) as its central figure. You'll find several carvings of Shiva's vehicle, the sacred bull and Kalbairav, his bodyguard. The temple also houses Shiva's bed, damru and trishul, dating back 300 years. Legend has it that the bed used to be crumpled in the morning, indicating Shiva's presence during the night at the temple. An important temple on any Shiv-bhakt's pilgrimage plan, this temple has a serene, tranquil ambience that will transport you to higher realms of spirituality. The main draw is the ancient Mahabaleshwar Temple with its 6-foot-tall linga, of which only the tip can be seen.

According to the legend, the Maratha ruler, King Shivaji weighed his mother Jijabai in gold at this platform and then gave away the gold in charity.

Mahabaleshwar Temple Information

  • The peace of the religious centre should be maintained at all times.
  • Modest dressing is recommended.
  • Photography without permission is not advisable.

How To reach Mahabaleshwar Temple by Public Transport

  • Local sightseeing bus, private tourist’s bus, rented taxi or private cars.

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  • It is very good temple. Very auspicious place. Parking is also available.

  • Awesome Place, Ancient Temple of Devo Ke Dev Mahadev

  • Your journey begins with the serenity in the environment, nurtured with the natural beauty in the lap of mahabaleshwar which soothes mind and soul. Gust of winds, beautiful scenery and obviously the way make you feel attached to nature and to collect each and every moment in your heart. So go for it wanderers.

  • The Swatambhu Lingam inside the temple is very unique and it resembles rudraksha. If you have tryopobhia, you may feel repulsive. :D

  • Very beautiful temple. Parking is available. There are no restaurant near the temple.

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