3 Famous Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar – 2021

During your Mahabaleshwar trip, you must visit Old Mahabaleshwar which is a historical place and a holy village in Mahabaleshwar, Satara district of Maharashtra. It is located at a distance of 7 km from the town. 3 Famous Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar are found in this holy and sacred place and those are Panchganga temple, Mahabaleshwar temple and Krishna temple.

Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar
Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar

Old Mahabaleshwar is a hill station which is also known as “Kshetra Mahabaleshwar” located in the Western Ghats range. This place is considered purely dedicated to the Hindu God. Due to the holy Krishna river has its origins here, this has become a pilgrim place for Hindus and Devotees of the god Shankara and Krishna.

1. Mahabaleshwar Temple

Mahabaleshwar Shiva Temple
Mahabaleshwar Shiva Temple

The Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the most beautiful, pious and sacred religious sites in India. Here you will get peace and spiritual vibes. In the 16th century, Maratha Army built this temple representing the glory and rich heritage of the Maratha Empire.

Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva. The construction of the temple was done under the guidance of ‘Chanda Rao More’ dynasty. 

Inside Mahabaleshwar Temple Maharashtra
Inside Mahabaleshwar Temple
Shiva Linga Inside Mahabaleshwar Temple
Shiva Linga Inside Mahabaleshwar Temple

This peaceful Mahabaleshwar Temple is the religious attraction of this serene hill station. Throughout the year devotees of lord Shiva comes here in large number to visit the temple. The aura of the temple actually attracts the visitors of Mahabaleshwar.

Nandi at Mahabaleshwar Temple
Nandi at Mahabaleshwar Temple
Nandi at Mahabaleshwar Temple
Nandi at Mahabaleshwar Temple

The temple is surrounded by beautifully carved 5-feet long walls and the Shiva Lingam inside is 6-feet long.

Shrine of the temple is built in the famous Hemadpanti style of architecture mostly found in south India. The structure is characterized by a rather unadorned exterior, topped by a pyramidal tower which is the actual beauty of this temple.

Hemadpanti style of architecture
Hemadpanti Style of Architecture

Here, you would be able to see all the belongings of Lord Shiva. You must see the iconic drum of Lord Shiva which is called Damru, his Trishul (trident), Sacred Bull. Also the sculpture of his devotee and protector, Kalbhairav as well as a Bed are there inside the temple.

Earlier, it was said by the locals that the bed appeared crumbled every morning, hinting that the deity had slept on it.

Mahabaleshwar Temple Architecture
Mahabaleshwar Temple Architecture

Inside temple premises, there is a square platform, on which Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has conducted the Tuladaan. It is the process of distributing gold to the poor people equal in weight to his mother, as he was the true ruler of the Maratha empire.

The temple is at a distance of 6 kilometers away from the Mahabaleshwar city and local people referred to it as the Mahabali.

Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar
Pradakshina Path of Temple
  • Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, Mahabaleshwar
  • Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm


2. Panchganga Temple

Panchaganga Temple, Mahabaleshwar
Panchaganga Temple, Mahabaleshwar

This temple is located exactly on the point where five holy rivers of the Hindu religion come together and merge their waters.

These rivers include Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Savitri and Gayatri, which are individually visited by the devotees on their different origin locations. But at Panchaganga Temple you will witness the water of all these rivers together.

Due to this Sangam (confluence of rivers) this temple has become the most important religious site in Mahabaleshwar, holding paramount spiritual significance.

Its centerpiece, the square-shaped pond, is quite similar to that at Krishnabai Temple. This magnificent temple has a splendidly carved Gurmukhi, the water flows out of a cow’s mouth-shaped snout.

Panchaganga Temple Entrance Mahabaleshwar
Panchaganga Temple Entrance

This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and inside the temple, there is a beautiful idol of him. The legend behind the temple was closely linked to Savitri’s curse on the Trimurtis, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, who flow here now as Koyna, Krishna and Venna rivers.

The Krishna River is also known as Krishnaveni which originates and flows through this temple. It is the fourth-biggest river in terms of water inflows and river basin area in India.

This river is almost 1,288 kilometers (800 mi) long. It is one of the major sources of irrigation for Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Lord Krishna Idol in Panchaganga Temple Mahabaleshwar
Lord Krishna Idol

The origin of Savitri River is found at Savitri point near Mahabaleshwar and it flows through the Bankot village and then directly goes to the Arabian sea at Harehareshwar.

Panchaganga Temple Rivers
Panchaganga Temple Rivers

Koyna River is a tributary of the Krishna River which originates and rises near Mahabaleshwar hill station. Most of the other rivers in Maharashtra flows in the East-West direction, whereas the Koyna river flows in the North-South direction.

The Koyna River is famous for the Koyna Dam.

Panchaganga Temple Rivers
Panchaganga Temple Rivers

Rising point or origin of the Gayatri River is in the Panchaganga temple itself in old Mahabaleshwar. And is a tributary of the Krishna River in western Maharashtra.

Gayatri River meets the Krishna River, which is one of the three largest holy rivers in southern India by Karad. The river is small and is slow-flowing.

Panchaganga Temple Rivers
Panchaganga Temple Rivers

Last but not the least, 5th river of Mahabaleshwar is Venna River which is a very famous and tourist attraction. It is a tributary of the Krishna River in the Satara district of western Maharashtra which rises near Mahableshwar hill station.

The river meets the Krishna River and this confluence point is located at Sangam Mahuli which in the eastern part of Satara city. The River Krishna is one of the three largest holy rivers in southern India.

Panchaganga Temple Rivers
Panchaganga Temple Rivers

In the 13th century, the shrine was constructed by Raja Singhandeo, King of the Yadavs of Devagiri. Later in the 16th century, Raja Chandrarao More renovated the shrine and then Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj improved upon its structure on a large scale in the 17th century.

This temple is more than 4500 years old. The natural phenomena that occur here is the Bhagirathi River that comes here after every 12 years and the Saraswati River comes after every 60 years to meet the Krishna River in the temple.

Panchanganga Temple Mahabaleshwar
Panchanganga Temple

Panchaganga Temple comes at the top choice for the query of Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar for the Mahabaleshwar tourists whenever they visit old Mahabaleshwar.

All throughout the year, the temple is thronged by heavy footfall from locals, devotees and tourists of Mahabaleshwar. You will see some handicraft shops near the temple from where you can also bring back beautiful souvenirs for your loved ones.

Old Mahabaleshwar Temples
Old Mahabaleshwar Temples

Panchaganga temple is near from Mahabaleshwar Bus Stand only at a distance of 6 km. It is situated near Mahabaleshwar Temple at Old Mahabaleshwar in Satara district of Maharashtra.

  • Location: Satara Road, Mahabaleshwar
  • Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm


3. Krishnabai Temple

Krishnabai Temple, Mahabaleshwar
Krishnabai Temple, Mahabaleshwar

Krishnabai Temple is one of the oldest temples in Mahabaleshwar standing majestically on a cliff as if keeping watch and giving blessings over the town of Mahabaleshwar.

A temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Krishna. And is built in the Hemadpanti Style of Architecture, very famous in Maharashtra which involves a ruining structure of Black and lime Stones as well as Bricks.

Krishnabai Temple, Mahabaleshwar
Krishnabai Temple Entrance, Old Mahabaleshwar

Location of the temple is widely believed to be the origin of Krishna River due to which the temple is known for the name of Krishna Temple.

This temple houses a magnificent idol of Lord Krishna and a Shiva Lingam. The structure of the shrine has made simple, consisting of ancient pillared walkways around a water square pool with steps.

Entrance at Krishnabai Temple of Lord Shiva in Old Mahabaleshwar
Water Flowing From Gomukh

Beautifully carved Gomukh inside the temple is a major attraction here. It is a snout shaped like a cow’s mouth, through which water from the temple flows into a connected water pool in the center of the temple which then joins the tributaries right into the river Krishna.

It is said that we can ask for or tell our wish in Nandi’s ear who will deliver our message to Lord Shankara.

Wishing in Nandi's Ear
Making a Wish in Nandi’s Ear

This beautiful temple blessed with breathtaking views of the gorgeous Krishna Valley as it is nestled on a hilltop. To reach this peaceful temple, one has to take a small trek through the charming woods to reach the hilltop.

Due to its scenic beauty and quaint charm, the temple has become the attraction of Tourists of Mahabaleshwar.

Krishnabai Temple, Mahabaleshwar
Krishnabai Temple, Mahabaleshwar

Tourists who love to visit temples mostly give a visit to Mahabaleshwar Temple and Panchganga Temple which are most popular in Mahabaleshwar, while the Krishna Temple is a hidden gem! that must be visited during your old Mahabaleshwar trip.

Monsoon season is the best to visit Krishnabai Temple. During this time everything looks fresh and green with cool breezes making this sacred spot one of a kind.

Architecture of Krishnabai Temple of Lord Shiva in Old Mahabaleshwar
The Architecture of Krishnabai Temple

Krishnabai Temple is mostly believed to be in existence from the era of the Pandavas due to its architecture bespeaks of the temple’s ancient establishment.

View from Krishnabai Temple of Lord Shiva in Old Mahabaleshwar
View from Krishnabai Temple, Old Mahabaleshwar

After you are done paying homage at the temple, you can simply hang out in the surrounding scenery area of the temple which is really beautiful to experience with your family or group.

You can feel the peace in this lush and quiet area and the calm of the temple will soothe your soul.

Krishnabai Temple Surrounding Area
Krishnabai Temple Surrounding Area

Due to all this beautiful attraction and aura, Krishnabai Temple has become one of the best choices for your query of Temples to Visit in Mahabaleshwar.

  • Location: Old Mahabaleshwar, Mahabaleshwar
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

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April 11, 2021 1:37 pm

Wah good to see someone writing about hemadpanti style of architecture!

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