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Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a hill station located in the Western Ghats range. With one of the few evergreen forests of India. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow's mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyna, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri. Today, Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to year 1215 when the King Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. He built a small temple and water tank at the source of the river Krishna. Around 1350, a Brahmin dynasty ruled this area. In the middle of the 16th century the Maratha family of Chandarao More defeated the Brahmin dynasty and became rulers of Javli and Mahabaleshwar, during which period the temple of Old Mahabaleshwar was rebuilt. In the 17th century Shivaji Maharaj took over Javli and Mahabaleshwar and constructed the Pratapgad fort in 1656. A tour of Mahabaleshwar town and the surrounding countryside would take at least a couple of days as there is much to see and experience.  The town bazaar is called Malcolm Peth. Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. En route to Babington Point is Dhom dam, which is a good place to take a break. Or one could visit Old Mahabaleshwar and the famous Panchganga Mandir, which is said to contain the springs of five rivers. There’s also the Mahabaleshwar Mandir, revered for its Swayambhu Lingam. 

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Nearby Mahabaleshwar

Elephant Point

Krishnabai Temple

Pratapgad

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Elephant Point : the best point at Mahabaleshwar. There are 3 to 4 points at the same place like Kates point, Monkey point, Echo point etc etc. On Weekends the place is heavily crowded since it is a must visit place by tourists at Mahabaleshwar. The scenic beauty, the pleasant unpolluted air & a nice view of a dam on krishna river are the highlights. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole. The point is also famous for the view of Deccan traps, which looks like an elephant’s trunk. This natural formation makes it a must visit to for all tourists. The beauty of the natural formation is exquisite. The rock formation which looks like a needle and that of a standing elephant makes it a natural phenomenon and something beautiful to look for. 

Krishnabai Temple / Panchganga Temple : is known for its excellent architecture. The carving in the stones of the columns & the ceiling is attractive. One can also see the grand view of Krishna Valley from the temple. This temple where the five rivers Krishna, Koyana, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri are said to originate from the spout of a stone carved cow’s mouth. The water that gets collected down is almost the “theertha” of Lord Mahabaleshwar. xBehind Panchganga temple, there is a small trail that leads to Krishnabai temple. River Krishna is being worshipped here that is built on the hilltop overlooking Krishna valley. The temple has a Shiva lingam and a beautiful statue of Goddess Krishna. A small stream of the river flowing from a cow-face (gomukh) falls on a ‘Kunda’ or water tank. 

Pratapgad : is located 15 kilometres from Poladpur and 23 kilometres west of Mahabaleshwar, a popular hill station in Satara district. The Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj commissioned Moropant Trimbak Pingle, his prime minister, to undertake the construction of this fort in order to defend the banks of the Nira and the Koyna rivers, and to defend the Par pass. It was completed in 1656. The fort can be divided into the lower fort and upper fort. The upper fort was built upon the crest of the hill. It is roughly square, 180m long on each side. It has several permanent buildings, including a temple to the god Mahadev. The lower fort is around 320m long and 110m wide. It is located at the southeast of the fort, and is defended by towers and bastions ten to twelve metres high. A 17-foot high equestrian bronze statue of Shivaji adorns the summit of Pratapgad fort. 

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