Lord Karthikeya Temple
Welcome to Panchgani Hill Station,
Panchgani is a Hill-Station in Satara district in Indian state of Maharashtra. It is just 18Km away from Mahabaleshwar. It is located amidst five small hills, from which it derives its name(panch in marathi means five). All these 5 hills are topped by a volcanic plateau which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau.
This majestic hill resort is located at 1,334 meters altitude.Panchgani is a vibrant scenic destination and its beauty multiplies with the backdrop of hilly terrains at one side and coastal plains at the other side. This place had been used by the British officials as their summer resort. The Panchgani hill station is known for its unpolluted air and it is believed that the oxygen content in atmosphere is more here compared to other regions. Due to this many people select this for convalescing from diseases. The ambience is very cool and calm and the exquisite environment is a perfect background for rejuvenation and curing of illness of body and mind.
Situated at the south of the table land, the Devil's Kitchen has a mythology associated with it: It is believed that the Pandavas of the Mahabharat epic had stayed here for a while. Pandavgad Caves (near Wai) are also said to be built by them then.
Built in 1978 on Krishna river, 13.50 TMC Dhom Dam is very beautiful spot to visit. Hydroelectric Project of 2 Mw. 44 Km from Satara City ( 9 Km from Wai ). Boat Club facility available here, which can be viewed from Table Land of Pachgani. Aqua culture activities are being taken up in this dam.
The Krishna River is one of the longest rivers in central-southern India, about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi). It is also referred to as Krishnaveni in its original nomenclature.
It rises at Panchgani, Mahabaleswar in Maharashtra in the west and meets the Bay of Bengal at Hamasaladeevi in Andhra Pradesh, on the east coast. It also flows through the state of Karnataka. Some dams like Dhom Dam are constructed on this river.
Lord Karthikeya temple is located at Rajpuri Caves in Panchgani. The temple is dedicated to Lord Karthikeya (Lord Muruga, Son of Lord Shiva). Rajpuri 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.
The temple premise is a calm and cool place and is a best suit for people looking for serene environment for relaxation and meditation. The spiritual atmosphere adds impetus to relaxing moments.
Wai is known as the "Dakshin kashi of India". It is famous for its temples and ghats. "Maha Ganpati Temple" is here which is worshipped by many holy men and women all over the state. It is the important Pilgrim and Cultural Centre of Maharashtra. The office of Marathi Encyclopedia (Vishwa Kosha) is here. There is a Dam across the Kirishna River at Dhom just 9 KM away from Wai.
Parsi Point is a renowned picnic spot lies on the Mahabaleshwar road in Panchgani. It offers panoramic views of picturesque Dhom Dam backwaters and the lush green Krishna valley. Sydney point is another breathtaking beautiful spot near Parsi Point.
The grandeur view of Wai village from these points are mind blogging and eye catching. This is a spot in Panchgani which is blessed with all worthy natural beauties. One can spend many hours in this calm and cool ambience enjoying the fragrant breeze emerging out from the hilly ranges.
The Pratapgarh Fort is the place from where the history of the Maratha Emperor Shivaji turned into a decisive course. This is here that Afzal Khan met his death.
The Pratapgarh Fort is 900 m above sea level. It is 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar. The fort from a distance gives the appearance of a round topped hill. The wall of the lower fort forms a sort of a crown round the brow.
The Fort was built in 1656 and it is a maze of ponds, chambers and long dark paths. Some of the paths lead to trap doors and the doors open to a 100 meter fall.
The Rajpuri Caves in Panchgani is a religiously important tourist spot. These ancient caves are surrounded by many water kunds (ponds). Devotees believe that taking bath in these holy kunds will provide relief from all kinds of diseases and evils. Legends claim that the holy Ganges also flows into these kunds.
Lord Karthikeya temple is the main attraction in these caves. The temple itself is constructed out of the sand taken from the caves. The journeys to the Rajpuri caves from Panchgani through serene, greenish villages will rejuvenate the mind of the traveler.
Sherbaug, a picturesque and naturally well designed landscape, is an eye feasting valley in quaint hill resort Panchagani. Serbaug thrives with a wonderful children's park and a beautiful rose garden. This unspoiled and unpolluted land is the home to many kinds of bird fauna, various kinds of rabbits, turkeys and swans.
Serbaug visitors can see the majestic scenes of young children participating in various artistic and sculptural activities here. Clay pot making and sculpturing are the important promotional activities undertaken here for the benefits of children.
This point is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. One can see from here the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.
Tableland has been credited with the privilege of being Asia's second longest mountain Plateau. This is a wide expanse of laterite rock and this place offers the grandeur view of Panchgani hill station itself. One can get breathtaking views of Rajpuri caves and the place known as 'Devil's Kitchen' from here.
Tableland provides a natural protection for the Panchgani from strong winds, heavy rains and it helps Panchgani to keep its ambience enjoyable for tourists. Table land serves as a great sports and games place for children and young.
Tapola is 28 km away from Mahabaleshwar. The place is ideal for picnic and boating because of its beautiful environment and the Koyna Dam's back water.
Tapola is otherwise known as Mini Kashmir. The view of the dam, the rivers, the beautiful Sahyadri range and the deep forest all look so beautiful from this place that there is no wonder the place is known as mini Kashmir. The Koyana river on one side and the Solshi on the other and the merging of both these rivers at Tapola is a breathtaking sight. The dam built here is the biggest in Maharashtra and is called the 'Shivsagar'.
Wai, located at the banks of Krishna River, is a pristine city nearby Panchgani. Wai is blessed with imposing seven Ghats known as Gangapuri, Madhi Aali, Ganpati Aali, Dharmapuri, Brahmanshahi, Ramdoh and Bhimkund.
Many temples are located in these Ghats. These Ghats enclose many water ponds, waterfalls and hillocks. Some important temples in Wai region are Kaunteshwar, Chakreshwar, Kaleshwar and Chimneshwar in Brahmanshahi ghat, Rameshwar temple, Chilavali Devi temple and Ramkund in Ramdoh ghat and Mahalaxmi temple in Dharmapuri.
An ancient fort named Pandavgadh is a nearby attraction and is renowned among the trekkers. The hilly terrains approaching the fort poses medium to tough challenges to the adventurous tourists.
Wai is known as the "Dakshin kashi of India".
- Wonder Point, Pandavgad and Mandhardeo etc.