Mahabaleshwar - Place To See Around| May 21, 2012
The Krishnabai Temple: This temple was built during the Yadava rule by Raja Singham in the 13th Century AD. It was renovated and improved by the Mores of Jaoli. Shivaji and his mother Jijabai are believed to have visited Mahabaleshwar to seek spiritual advice from a learned Brahmin living there. The temple sports a stone-carved Gomukha (the head of a sacred cow) through which it is believed, water from five rivers-Krishna, Venna, Koyana, Savitri and Gayatri, flows out. This temple is therefore known as Panchganga Temple (or the temple of five rivers). The adjoining Ram Temple has gorgeous idols of Ram, Laxman and Seeta and another Hanuman Temple which was founded by Saint Ramdas Swami, the revered spiritual teacher who was a contemporary of Shivaji.
Pratapgad Fort: A winding, sharp mountain road leads to Pratapgad from Mahabaleshwar on the Poladpur side, built by Chhatrapati Shivaji in 1656. History was created at this fort when Shivaji met with Afzal Khan, the Sardar of Bijapur. He was killed and his mighty army routed by the Marathas. The fort holds a stunning view of coastal Konkan. One can see the Raigadh fort from here. The Bhavani Temple and Afzal Khan's Tomb are other places of interest.
Panchgani: Tucked away in Satara district, just 19 kms east of Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is also amongst the most frequented hill resorts. The berry farms here are another tourist attraction.