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Lord Shiva

Temple History

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is just near Mahabaleshwar Temple on the way to Krishna Temple. The present temple is more than 400 years old. One can say twin Shivalaya namely-Mahabaleshwar and Atibaleshwar.

This particular temple's architecture is no where lesser than Mahabaleshwar main temples's. This temple constructed along with mahabaleshwar temple as Rudra puja's to lord Shiva used to perform here and abhisheka and sathvika puja's at main temple. Though both constructed 2500 years ago, Atibaleshwar remained immortal but Mahabaleshwar (main temple) reconstructed five hundred years back. So, Atibaleshwar is the ancient and oldest temple among the all temples of Mahabaleshwar.

The story behind these two temples is like this, during the Puranic times there were two demons named Mahabal and Atibal. Both of them were creating trouble for common people, who prayed to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu to get rid of these demons. Accordingly Lord Shiva killed Mahabal whereas Lord Vishnu killed Atibal. Before breathing their last, both the demons requested that they may be immortalized by building temples commemorating them and hence came these two temples into being. There is a sacred tank called Hans teerth near these temples. Another smaller temple is the Kedareshwar temple said to be built by Maharani Ahilyabai of Indore. On the hill slope behind the Panchganga temple, there is a small Hanuman temple, supposed to be established by Sant Ramdas. The temple is a vantage point and gives a panoramic view of the Old Mahabaleshwar temple.

 

Additional Information

A beautiful Nandi can be witnessed here. Main and sub temples are side by with Athma linga and Uthsava linga. Small premises is so calm as most of the devotees will go from Panch ganga temple to Main Mahabaleshwar temple by skipping Atibaleshwar.

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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