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Jyotiba Temple

Jyotiba Temple situated near Wadi Ratnagiri is dedicated to Lord Jyotiba or Dattatreya, the incarnation of the trinities, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. The temple is located on a hill top at an altitude of 3124 feet above sea level. A story also goes thus that Jyotiba, also known as Kedareshwar, was one of the four guards appointed by Goddess Mahalakshmi to protect her abode in Kolhapur. Since Jyotiba is considered to be the king of the southern region, he is also called as ‘Dakkanacha raja’ or the ‘king of south’. The idol of Jyotiba is four-handed.

During the Hindu months of Chaitra and Vaishakha, every year, a splendid fair is held at the temple. Lakhs of devotees flock to the temple during the fair. They dance with Sasankathi, huge sticks and make their way to the temple. Vermilion is scattered all around in joy and the whole atmosphere looks pink.

Another important occasion is during ‘Ekadashi’, when thousands sing and dance their way to the hill top. No one complains of fatigue as they are so immersed in the devotion to their dear Lord. Sundays, considered to be a sacred day of Lord Jyotiba, sees a rush of devotees.

How to Reach

By Air

Ujalaiwadi airport is the nearest airport.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Chh. Shahu Maharaj Terminus. There are daily trains from Mumbai to Kolhapur.

By Road

Both state and private buses are available from Mumbai and Pune.

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