During the second day of stay in Kolhapur, I was wondering ‘where’ and ‘what’ in the early morning. Suddenly my mind stuck up with an idea to check the Travel Guide. I opened the travel guide and found the enticing Jyotiba temple in its pages. I decided to pay a visit to the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur that day. I and kids traveled in a bus and reached the shrine.
The temple is enshrined at an altitude of 3100 feet from the ground level and one can get the feeling of diving deep into the nature through its air. Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are known to be the Gods of creation, preservation and destruction. The idols are worshipped in this temple and the entire temple being atop a hill is also visited by large numbers of people from outside Kolhapur and Maharashtra. There is a massive fair which is held every year during the months of Chaitra and Vaishakh. The sight of the temple in a full moon night is worth watching and these festivals and fairs make the entire area more colorful, cheerful and lively.
The temple is said to have originated in the name of Jyotiba who was born to Vimalmbuja and Chaitra. As per the popular Hindu mythology, the incarnation of Jyotiba is said to be the trinity of the three power Gods and they were all united to kill the demon Ratnasura. It is believed that after killing Ratnasura, Jyotiba settled in Kolhapur and flourished there. The shrine is dedicated to the entire mythology and the environment is filled with cheerful Hindu mythological facts. In the year 1730, the modern day temple was built by Navajiyasa.
Langar is also provided within the temple premises during the annual fair. Langar is a form of meal distribution which is free of cost and served to all the devotees who visit the temple. Pure and freshly cooked rice, dal, curry, chana, kheer are seved to hundreds and thousands of devotees round the clock during the festival. It is also said that a trip to Jyotiba temple with partner ensures a blissful and happy married life. Therefore the temple is often visited by couples who seek blessings from the God after marriage.