Monday, May 9, 2011

Audumbar

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh Tirth > Ichalkaranji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs



How to reach: On NH4 from Pune side before Kolhapur take exit to Wadgaon. Proceed to Astha and look for Audumbar diversion.
Time of visit: May 2011





We started early AM. The road was running through lush green farms once we left wadgaon. On the way a huge peacock crossed the street. Unfortunately it happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to stop and pull my camera...


Adumbar is small village in the interiors. A sacred temple of Lord Dattatraya is located on the banks of the Krishna River. This place is overgrown with audumbar trees and hence the name.





Just on the opposite banks lies a Bhuvanesvari temple. The boatman takes you across the river in 5 minutes charging you just 5 rs.


We returned back to Pune in the evening with wonderful memories.







Kumbhoj Bahubali

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh Tirth > Ichalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs


How to reach: It’s on Kolhapur to Sangli highway. Take a left turn from Hatkalagne ST Stand and its about 6/7 kms.
Time of visit: May 2011, Dec 2005

After a huge round of shopping in Ichalkarnji we reached Kumbhoj in later afternoon. Had a late lunch in new bhojnalaya.





















It is said that the name Kumbhoj seems to be connected with well-known ancient term Kamboja of Sanskrit/Pali literature. The main temple has a grand idol of Bhagwan Bahubali. It is situated on about 50 steps up and placed on a 28 feet high promontory.









The temple complex is huge one with school, residential hostel and dharmshala inside. There is a also modern Bhojnalaya built recently. There is huge parking facility.











Apart from these several models of temples of pilgrimage neatly built are truly worth seeing.










Just behind this on the hill about 400 steps up is another temple complex which houses various idols. Theres also a Shwetambar mandir in this complex.













Behind the complex is a historic Bhuabali idol. This artistic 6 feet high Satishaya idol of Bhagwan Bahubali was founded in Khak Samvat 1079. The surroundings near this idol are extremly pleasant if you are here in the evenings. With cool breeze its very beautiful to sit here for few hours...









Just outside the main complex is Shwetambar Jahaj Mandir. This beautifully architected temple in a Ship surrounded by well maintained lush Garden with a nice walkway with flowers all around. In the evening ata round 7 PM it looks beautiful when lightings and fountains are turned on.


Since it was getting late we decided to stay back in Kumbhoj and proceeded to Audumbar next day.

Ichalkaranji

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh Tirth > Ichalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs

How to reach: Its on Kolhapur to Sangli highway. Take a Right turn from Hatkalagne and its about 4-5 kms.
Time of visit: May 2011
What to do: Checkout- D.K.T.E. Society's Textile & Engineering Institute- Rajwada and SHOPPING



Ichalkaranji is situated some 30 kms from Kolhapur on the banks of river Panchaganga. It was ruled by the Ghorpade dynasty for the last two centuries. The development of decentralized textile industry as well as the co-operative movement in this town has a long and interesting history.

The palace belonging to Shri Narayanrao Babasaheb Ghorpade which is now converted to an engineering institute named Dattajirao Kadam Textile and Engineering Institute Ichalkaranji (DKTEI) is worth watching.

The city is well known for its textile industry. We did some shopping. Lot variety especailly in unstiched clothes was available. Somehow it seemed the temperature was low compared to Sangli side. We completed our shopping and and proceeded to Kumbhoj.

Ramlingh Tirth


Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh Tirth > Ichalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs



Where: Near Ichalkaranji, off Hatkalgne (Around 30 KMs from Kolhapur)
How to reach: There’s diversion on on Kolhapur to Sangli highway. Follow the road signs. It is few kms ahead of Kuntugiri somewhat at the hill top.
Time of visit: May 2011






This is a very old temple in the foothills of Alate. It is said that Lord Shri Ram had been to this place in his 14 years if exile. The water pours continuously on the shivlingh which is situated in the Cave.


There is small pond in front of the temple. The architecture of the this temple resembles to that of Ratta and Chalukyan Period and there is a Jod Nandi [Twin Cow] idol at the entrance of the cave.














There some historic carvings of idols and some inscriptions too.

After visiting Ramlingh Tirth we proceeded to Ichalkarnji.


Shri Kshetra Kuntugiri

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh TirthIchalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs


Where: Near Ichalkaranji, off Hatkalgne (Around 30 KMs from Kolhapur)
How to reach: It’s on Kolhapur to Sangli highway.
Time of visit: May 2011, 2006




Reached in the picturesque and tranquil surroundings by late evening. Luckily the bhojnayala was still thankfully open and he served tasty Dal-Bhati. Amazing in early May when the atmosphere was roaring above 35C the place was very cool with continous strong winds.

The dharmashala is a L shaped building with 2 floors and cleans rooms. In night we had to close windows but scary noise of wind kept us awake for some time but the glided into peaceful dreams. Woke early morning to catch sunrise with peacocks melodious voices in background adding to the charm. Through window we could locate few peacocks on the hill behind.



This place is situated at foot hills of lush green mountains. The temple complex is beautiful with a central parking and management office in front and a beautiful garden beside it. On the left behind the management office is a huge dharmashala and 2 bhojnalaya while the main temple is on extreme right behind the garden.




The marble temple complex is grand one and white glowing temple stands out in green tranquil surroundings.


The Garden is complete with Fruit and Flower section on one side- I could locate Mango (Amrai), Guavava, Aavla, Papayya, Chikko, Pomegranate among many trees. The main garden has play area for children dotted with palm trees. All over place there are flowering plants like sadafuli, mogra, roses etc.




Behind the main temple complex lies the beautiful status of Gometeshwara.

After Darshan we had yummy poha and proceeded to Ramlingh Tirth and our next destination Ichalkarnji


Temples of Khidrapur: Adinath Jain Digambar Temple

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh Tirth > Ichalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs



Where: Khidrapur (Around 60 KMs from Kolhapur)
How to reach: Best way is to travel to Kurdunwad and the proceed to Khidrapur.
Time of visit: May 2011



Few meters away from Kopeshwar, in the heart of the village is a Jain temple, which is much smaller in size. The outer wall of the shrine being in the star-shaped Hemadpanti plan.

The building is of black stone. The carvings on outer wall are less in number but the beautiful women in various poses are strikingly similar to kopeshwar.







Most of statues have very calm, peaceful glowing look.

It is said that Adinath Bhagwan idol looks of different colour in Morning, afternoon & evening.
The pillars of the hall are richly carved.


There are some very fine carvings on left hand wall at the entrance.



After darshan we proceeded to Kuntugiri via Kurdunwad-Narsobachiwadi and then we hit Sangli highway

Temples of Khidrapur: Kopeshwar

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh Tirth > Ichalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs


Where: Khidrapur (Around 60 KMs from Kolhapur) How to reach: Best way is to travel to Kurdunwad and the proceed to Khidrapur.
Time of visit: May 2011



Since I was approaching from Kothali I had to take Sadalga-dattawad-takli-Kidhrapur road. Most of it was interior road road and was not in a good condition. Best wasy to approach is from Kolhapur-Sangli highway and then proceed via Kurdunwad. You can do Narsobachi wadi on the way too.

This is ancient temple believed to be built in 11th century during satvanah period. Often described as the Khajuraho of Maharashtra, the Khidrapur temple complex is a distinct piece of art and architecture.











The mythological story behind the name ‘Kopeshwar’ is – Devi Sati (daughter of King Daksha) was married to lord Shiva. Daksha didn’t like in son-in-law at all. He was about to perform some yagna (hindu ritual performed along with holy fire) and he didn’t invite Sati & Shiva. Devi Sati felt sad and went to meet her father asking the reason behind not inviting her husband. In turn, King Daksha insulted Shiva and it was unbearable for Sati to tolerate her husband’s insult. She jumped in the yajna. Hearing this news, Shiva was furious and he punished Daksha by cutting his head. Later on, due to request of other deities, Shiva took back the curse and granted him life with goat’s head. It is believed that angry Shiva was brought to this place (temple) to cool his anger. Hence the temple got its name i.e. ‘Kop’ means anger and ‘Eshwar’ means lord Shiva.


The temple is built as if resting on aga japeeth, a platform on the backs of many carved elephants.


The most Fascinating is Swargmandap complete with 48 Carved pillars.


The astounding carvings on the celiengs are worth dekko.

The main Mandap, has a huge circular open to sky portion called Akashdarshan supported by 12 superbly carved pillars. Beneath is is a beautiful round black stone slab of same size called the ‘rangshila’. It is an amazing experience to sit on the centre of the stone round open ‘akaash gavaksh’ on the ceiling and look towards the dark inner sanctum of the grabha griha


Temple stand firm with all its glory of stone carvings of 92 elephants and 108 pillars and hundreds of sculptures depicting scenes about from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Shiva, the twelve astrological signs and flowers, trees, birds, human figures. 

It is said that all ‘adhyaaya‘ (parts) of ‘Shivlilamrut‘ are carved on the walls of the temple. Nandi is missing in this temple. Next comes Sabhamandap, Antaral-kaksha and Garbhagriha. The Garbhagriha is more cold and dark. The shiva linga, burning lamps make the atmosphere peaceful and divine.





The outer walls of the shrine are broken at oblique angles as in the Nilanga Hemadpanti temple. By the south door of the temple is a Devgiri Yadav inscription of Sinhadev in Devnagari dated sak 1135 (A.D. 1213) granting the village of Khandalesvar in Miraj for, the worship of Kopeshvar.





The whole of temple has beautiful carvings specifically of women in various poses that depict various joyful emotions.

There is huge yaksh-dwarpal which is now broken.













Flower Pattern Details on 6 windows are worth watching.


Unfortunately the destruction believed to be done by Aurangzeb is widely seen but fortunately the mystic intricate carvings and the beauty still prevails.




We were fortunate to locate a person who guided us throughout this marvellous breath-taking temple. We then proceed to another historic Jain Digamber temple built on similar lines.

Kothali (Shantigiri)

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi  > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramligh Tirth > Ichalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs


Shantinath Digmbar Jain Temple
Where: 8 Kms Off Nipani, Taluka. Chikodi (Around 50/55 kms from Kolhapur)
How to reach: 5-6 Kms before Stavndi take a right into Nipani Village. Pass Pattankuddi and Kuthali village and Proceed to Kothali. The Roads were in bad shape when I visited. Also the road sign are all in local language.
Time of visit: May 2011, 2006
Lodging-Boarding facilities are available


(On the way fro Nipani- View of Pattankudi village)


From Sidhagiri Museum we proceed to Tavndi. After Darshan we proceed to Kothali. It is the birth place of one of the revered Jain saints called Acharya Deshbhushan Maharaj.












This is a huge temple complex on the top of hill built in late seventies.















There is a 21 feet high statue of Bhagvan Shantinath in standing posture with idols of 19 feet high Bhagvan Chnadraprabhu and Bhagvan Mahavir on either side.


Samvasaran Mandir: It is housed in a 20 feet hall with colored glasswork depicting the creation of Samvasaran.


Nandishwar Mandir: It is housed in a 30 by 30 feet hall having 5 artificial hillocks having 52 idols of brass in Padamasan postures.




Lotus temple: it is an octangular hall where the idols of 24 Tirthankars are installed. The Mulnayak of this temple is Bhagwan Padamparbhu in the center in standing posture. The other 23 tirthankars are in padamasan postures. (4) 17 feet High marble idol of Bhagwan Parsvanath with shade of 7 hoods on a lotus seat under the open sky.







After Darshan we had a peaceful meal under a chikoo tree we preceded to our next destination Khidrapur.