The next destination that I visited was the Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur, which is situated approximately 18 kilometres North West of Kolhapur. The place is famous for Jyotiba and is considered as the holy site of the Hindus and is located in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The holy deity of the temple has the same name and is known as the incarnation of three famous Hindu Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. I learnt that every year, a huge festival is organised and lots of devotees visit the place on the full moon night of Chaitra and Vaishakha according to the Hindu calendar. Devotees from different places come to pay a visit to God, thereby making it one of the most famous festivals.
However, there is an ancient history associated with the temple; the original temple was built by Navji Saya. It is believed that in the year 1730, Ranoji Shinde built the present temple on its current location. The temple had dimensions of 57 ft x 37 ft x 77 ft, and the second temple, which was constructed by Daulatrao Shinde in 1808, had dimensions of 49 ft x 22 ft x 89 ft. The third building or temple, Ramling was built by Malji Nilam Panhalkar in the year 1780 and has dimensions of 13 ft x 13 ft x 40 ft if the dome is included. The place is quite famous and the old structure is a very desirable place to visit.
The transportation facility to the Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur is very good and the location is connected by roads as well as train routes. From any part of the country, you can come to Kolhapur and from there the temple is just about 18 kilometres to the North West. Auto rickshaws are available and different state buses also take a large number of people to this historical place. The locals informed me that every year during this time, the place draws lots of devotees. After having a careful look at the temple and earning serenity, I headed towards the Shalini Palace in Kolhapur, which is another attractive place rich in tradition. The places were really amazing and I was enjoying every bit of my trip.