Mahabaleshwar a Hill Station.......
This popular hill station takes its name from God 'Mahabali'.
Mahabaleshwar is blessed with spectacular views of the valleys and
Area: Vast green plateau of about 150 sq. kms.
Height: 4500 feet above sea level.
Climate: Never too hot because of the heights. Never too
cold because of the nearness to the arabian sea. Duration of higher
temperature is short.
Mahabaleshwar is located at an high altitude it offers a cool climate.
If you are willing to enjoy cool and fresh mountain air, plush greenery,
astonishing valleys, and elevated mountain peaks, then Mahabaleshwar is
a best option to visit in the coming summer vacations. As Mahabaleshwar
is known as the summer capital of Mumbai, most of the people, from all
over the world prefer to visit this hill station specially in summer. It
is situated at an altitude of 1372m, in the Sahayandri ranges of
Maharashtra. Perpetually beautiful, fresh and inviting structure of
Mahabaleshwar is blessed with wonderful views of forests and valleys.
The word 'Mahabaleshwar' is Sanskrit word, which
means 'God of Great Power'. Mahabaleshwar is the largest hill
station in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra state. Due to its high altitude, the town has a cool climate and offers
many pleasant walks. There are several lookout points which offer
spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. There is an old
Shiva temple in the forest, which is the source of five rivers,
including the Krishna river which is the second longest river of
peninsular India.Its very good place to visit. Mahabaleshwar is visited
by many thousands of tourists every year. It is well connected by bus
with the important towns of the region. There are numerous hotels for
every budget. The peak season is March-May; it rains very heavily from
June to September.
Today, Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and
pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is the site of Mahabaleshwar
Temple. Many tourists visit nearby Panchgani. After the construction of
a new highway, it is only a five-hour drive from Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar
is also known for the honey and strawberries produced here. One can
visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavour of the fruit. It is
said that the climate of Mahabaleshwar is ideal for Strawberries and
Mulberries. One can also get a taste of "Strawberries with Cream" and
"Mulberries with Cream" (season: AprilĖMay)and also "Corn Pattice" at
The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar.
The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. A late winter evening boat
ride through the slight fog is well appreciated. Tourists can enjoy a
boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of
small eateries line the banks of the lake. The Mahabaleshwar city market
and the S.T. bus stand is about 2KM from the lake and makes for a nice
walk during the day. Most tour operators include the Venna lake in their
tours. Most buses, private vehicles will stop at the Venna lake on their
way to Mahabaleshwar on request.
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 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.
Almost all the festivals celebrated by Hindu, Christian and Muslims are
celebrated by people here with lots of enthusiasm. Some of the main
festivals are: Gudhi Padava, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Diwali, Christmas,
: The most important and popular festival of Maharashtra, Ganesh
Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of August - September. This
festival marks the birth anniversary of Ganesha, the Hindu god of
wisdom. Idols of Ganesha are installed and detailed arrangements are
made for lighting and decoration. The festival is held for 7-10 days.
The idols of Ganesha are immersed in the ocean or rivers, where
thousands of processions meet. The immersion of idols is accompanied by
drumbeats, devotional songs and dancing. This marks the end of the
Festival : The Lord Karthikeya temple is located at Rajapuri Caves
in Panchgani. The temple is dedicated to Lord Karthikeya (Lord Muruga,
Son of Lord Shiva).
temple premise is a calm and cool place and is best suited for people
looking for serene environment for relaxation and meditation. The
spiritual atmosphere adds impetus to relaxing moments. Rajapuri caves
got the religious importance due to this famous temple. Thaipooyam
festival during January-February month is celebrated here with lots of
enthusiasm. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during this period.
: Maharashtran New Year's Day is celebrated on the
first day of the Hindu month Chaitra ( March-April). This festival is
known as the Gudhi Padava in Maharshtra. This day marks the start of the
Hindu solar year.
Mahabaleshwar Religious Places
Panchaganga Mandir :
As per the hindu mythology five holy rivers
krishna, venna, koyna, Savitri & gayatri show their token appearance
here in five springs flowing closely. They are seen flowing in five
stone conduits & joining in one horizontal half channel leading to the
Goumukhi cowface spout. Though the Gaomukh it falls in the cistern
below. On the northen side there is a similar conduit through which the
holy 'ganga' appears every twelve years. From the conduit on the
southern side flows the holy saraswati when the following astrological
times come together, namely, Bhadrapad month, shasthi (6th day) ,Tuesday
sun in hasta nakshatra, Rohini nakshatra in predominance & Vyatipat.
This miraculous yoga (coincidence) is known as the "Kapila Shasthi
Yoga", which is believed to be very auspicious occassion as per the
Shri Shankar Mandir : The Mahalinga of the lord Shiva is of
Rudraksha shape & believed to be 'self-bodied' (swayambhoo) It is called
Trigunatmaka meaning Brahma-Visnhu-Mahesh are on it for ever. On the
head of the mahalinga you see the marks of the five holy rivers (Panchaganga)
& their waters never loose their level. Mother Jeejabai was weighed by
gold by Raje Shivaji in this temple & then the gold was distributed in
charity. This Mahalinga is considered to be superior to the twelve
Krishnabai Mandir : This is also an old temple. The carving in the
stones of the columns & the ceiling is attractive. You can also see the
grand view of krishna valley from the temple.
: On the road to Arthurís Seat, after Marjorie Point you should reach
these caves in stone after a short while.
Mahabaleswar Temple: The Mahabaleshwar Temple has Lord Shiva as its
presiding deity. The temple is encircled with a 5 ft high stone wall.
The Mahabaleshwar hills were named after Lord Mahabali which means great
Lord Karthikeya Temple, Panchgani: The Lord Karthikeya temple is
located at Rajapuri Caves in Panchgani. The temple is dedicated to Lord
Karthikeya (Lord Muruga, Son of Lord Shiva). The temple premise is a
calm and cool place and is best suited for people looking for serene
environment for relaxation and meditation. The spiritual atmosphere adds
impetus to relaxing moments. Rajapuri caves got the religious importance
due to this famous temple. Thaipooyam festival during January-February
month is celebrated here with lots of enthusiasm. Thousands of devotees
visit this temple during this period.
Rajapuri Caves: Rajpuri Caves hold religions significance, owing to
the belief that these were used for penance and religious rituals by
Lord Kartikeya. Surrounded by many water kunds (ponds), these ancient
caves are also believed to have sheltered the Pandavas during their
exile. Owing to the belief that the holy Ganges also flows into these
kunds, devotees have a bath in these water bodies to cure all kinds of
diseases and evils. Most popular attraction of the caves is a temple of
ĎLord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva.
Catholic Church: Visit the Roman Catholic Holy Cross Church, one of
the souvenirs of the prosperous yore of Mahabaleshwar. The church is almost
in rumbles but the stained glass windows are beautiful. A Hindu family
looks after the deserted church.
Points & Sightseeing
Mahabaleswhar offers some of the exotic locales that
make the spectators spellbound. It is naturally bestowed with so many
fascinating beauty spots that offer one with stunning panorama of
nature. There are numerous points that overlook the dazzling valleys and
deep forests, and majestic peaks.
Mahabaleshwar is known for its "points", from which a
person can stand and enjoy the entire scenery. There are around 30
valley view points spread around the hill stations , these are excellent
areas for leisurely walks and to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty.
All points provide unique view to the tourists.
Arthur Seat (12 Km) : Arthurís seat point is an exotic and
picturesque spot , overlooking the Konkan. This is supposed to be the
source of the five Deccan rivers Ė viz, Krishna, Koyna, Veena, Savitri &
Babington Point (3 Km) : Height 1295 m. Another point which close to
the bazaar. One can have a beautiful view of Saddleback and the Koyna
Bombay Point (3 Km) : A very popular sunset point. One can get a
glimpse of the Sahyadri mountains ,the Koyna valley & Pratapgarh.
Connaught Peak : The second highest point . Presents a panoramic
view of the valley like a green carpet. You can see sunrise as well as
the sunset from this point.
Chinamanís Waterfalls (4 Km) : It can be reached by the Carviali
Dhobi Water Fall : The fall is on the path connecting Lodwick point
to Elphinstone Point.
Helenís Point : River Solshi starts from this point with a small
fall near her origin.
Elphinston Point (10 Km) : A favorite picnic spot, Elphinston Point,
named after the Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinston, was discovered by
Dr.Murray in 1830.
Hunter Point (4 Km) : Hunterís point approached from Old
Mahabaleshwar Road, gives a picturesque view of the Koyna Valley.
Pratapgadh (24 Km) : Pratapgadh (900 meters) was one of the most
formidable forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The famous temple of
Goddess Bhavani is on the eastern side of the lower fort.
Old Mahabaleshwar (5 Km) : it has an ancient temples of Krishnabai.
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Panchgani is also an ideal base for some good trekking from where one
can explore several mule tracks that lead through the now thinning
forests. Sporting in Krishna river stream with the beautiful natural
surrounding is a wonderful experience in itself.
The most popular drink, available at most restaurants, is strawberry
with cream. It is delicious mouthwatering avalanche of strawberry shake
topped with super chilled strawberry ice-cream dazzled with chunks of
strawberry fruit in its natural form & crowned with a splash of whipped
cream garnished with strawberry pieces to make it a eye catchy,
irrestible combo of strawberry desert in it's best form
Strawberries, Mulberries and carrots are the specialty of Mahabaleshwar.
One should not forget to try the Corn grown locally available in both
roasted and boiled form. Corn pattice made from it is delicious. The
food prepared with local vegetables has a unique taste and one should
also try the small tomatoes which look like cherries! Don't forget to
have the staple food of Maharashtara the Vada Pav which is deliciously
prepared by the local vendor next to the Hanuman Temple in the main