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Lord Shiva

Temple History

The Mahabaleshwar Temple is also known as The Mahabali. It is yet another exquisite example of Maratha heritage of Mahabaleshwar and was built by Chanda Rao More in the 16th century. The architecture of this temple is built in the South Indian Hemadanta style.

A 5 feet wall encloses the Mahabaleshwar Temple. The temple is divided into two areas known as the inner and outer rooms. Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the temple can be located in the inner room or the sanctum sanctorum. A black stone lingam represents the stone incarnation of Lord Shiva and is the central figure of the inner room. This is 500-year-old self-originated lingam and is called Mahalingam. The lingam is in the shape of rudraksha and the place is considered superior among the twelve Jyotirlingas.

The temple also houses Shiva's bed, damru and trishul which date back to approximately 300 years. It is believed that every morning, the bedsheet is found crumpled indicating Shiva's presence at night within the temple.

The temple also houses Shiva's bed, damru and trishul which date back to approximately 300 years. It is believed that every morning, the bedsheet is found crumpled indicating Shiva's presence at night within the temple.

The temple has a serene, tranquil and peaceful ambience.

 

Additional Information

Temple also has a square shaped raised platform believed to be given by the Maratha ruler Shivaji equal to the weight of his mother Jijabai in gold as charity.

From Pune airport the temple is 130 Km, from Wathar railway station 60 Km and 124 Km from Pune Railway Station.

Taxis are easily available in Mahabaleshwar for site seeing.
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