Mahabaleshwar Temple3345 Votes Currently Open
- Address: State highway 34 KA, Old Mahabaleshwar, Mahabaleshwar, Satara, India
- Timings: 05:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
- Phone: +9102168-260318
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Family And Kids
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. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Mahabaleshwar Itinerary 3 Days.
Mahabaleshwar Temple Travel Tips
- 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
- Local sightseeing bus, private tourist’s bus, rented taxi or private cars.
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95% of people who visit Mahabaleshwar include Mahabaleshwar Temple in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
76.19% of people start their Mahabaleshwar Temple visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Mahabaleshwar Temple
93.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mahabaleshwar Temple