Shri Ganapati Mandir
Bahuballi Hill Temples(Kumbhojgiri)
Gokak Water Falls
Dargah of Miraj
Khandoba Of Deshing
Sagareshwar Wild Life Sanctuary
Welcome to Sangli,
Sangli is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Sangli is known as the Turmeric city and the Sugar Belt of India. It is situated on the banks of river Krishna and is the largest market place for Turmeric in Asia, and houses over 30 sugar factories. It is also one of the largest grape growing regions in Maharashtra.
Kundal is a pilgrimage centre for the Digambar Jains in Sangli District. Every year, thousands of Jains visit this place. As per the inscriptions the Kundal was ancient village,it is 1600 years old. The Ganesh Temple of Sangli is a historical landmark of the city and is visited by thousands of pilgrims across the world. Sangli is also noted for its cuisine; namely Bhelpuri and Bhadang (dish madeup of puffed rice).
Audumbar is a holy place about 25 km from Sangli city. A sacred temple of Lord Dattatraya is located on the banks of Holy Krishna River. The followers of Lord 'Dattatreya' believe that Shri. Narsinha Sarswati' is the fourth incarnation of Lord 'Dattatreya'. He resided in Audumber for a year. The Datta temple was erected here by this devotees. Thousands of devotees from all over the world visit Audumbar every year.
This Ganapati in Sangli is known as 'Bagetil Ganapati'. This temple is on Sangli Haripur Road which is very beautiful and has pleasant atmosphere. This place was also sacred place for royal family at patwardhans at same time. Sangli peoples also has full faith on this temple. In this temple Birthday of lord Ganesha is celebrated as a very big festival.
This place has its own sacred value and story. Bahe Borgaon is near walwa, when Prabhu Shri Ramchandra was seating for Meditation, there was a big flood occured on River Krishna due to this the Meditation of Shri Prabhu Ramchandra would have been disturbed. At the same time to avoid the disturbance in the Meditation Shri Hanuman spread his both hands and obstructed the flow of river and diverted the path of river water on both side of his hands. This is an ancient heard story. Because of this one island was formed, where Idol of Shri Hanuman spreading both his hands and obstructing the river water is here and is a sacred and faith places for the devotees.
Bahuballi is 50 minutes drive from Sangli. Bahubali Hill Temples are located 27 km south of Kolhapur, Maharashtra on the Bahubali Hills. Huge devotees thronged the temple to worship the 28-feet tall marble statue of Bahubali and visit the temples of the 24 Tirthankaras or saints. These hills are popularly known as 'Kumbhojgiri'. A Celibacy Resort was established in 1935 and named after the sage Bahubali who mediated here about 300 years before.
Battis Shirala is a small village about 65-km from Sangli located in the hilly area covered by thick forests. These forests have a wide species of snakes right from the deadliest King Cobra C to the rare species of Pythons. This is best known for its Nag-panchami festival(Snake Festival). Every year during this festival, thousands of visitors visit this place. Every year on Nag-panchami day thousands of Nag-devotees take out processions of the king of snaks 'Cobra'. Competitions are held between various Nag-mandals for the best Cobra.
Chandoli is situated in the Battis Shirala Town in Sangli District. The Chandoli Dam was built on the river 'Warna'. Besides this dam Chandoli Sanctuary is situated. This dam along with Chandoli Century attracts many people.
Chandoli sanctuary is located in the backwaters of Chandoli dam, in Battis hirala taluka in Sangli District. Oficiated in 1985, Chandoli sanctuary in Sangli district covers an area of 309 sq. ometers. Mountains and thick forests surround the Chandoli region, which is about 65-km from Sangli. This is a famous spot for its scenic beauty and wild animals like monkeys, deer, wild goat, rabbits, tigers, peacocks, snakes, etc. Chandoli dam is also worth visiting with rare species of trees and plants. It includes the forest regions in four districts namely- Sangli, Satara, Jhapur and Ratnagiri. a semi evergreen forest, with an average rainfall of 2000-2500 milimeters.
This place is on the border of Miraj and Kavathe Mahankal Taluka. Locating at the Miraj-Pandharpur Road, Dandoba Hill Station is just 25 minutes drive from Sangli. It is located around Dandoba Hills, which is a reserve forest area. Here there is a sanctuary spread over two to three acres land with old temple of lord Shankara at the hill of Dandoba. Also this place has ?Tehalni Buruj' with big size historical tower.
-Dandoba Reserve Forest
Miraj is a town of Sangli which is 10 kms. from Sangli. It is historical place with its own culture mostly famous for classical music and manufacturing of musical instruments which has attaracted the Music Lover from all over India to this place. The famous stage actor Bal Gandharv began his career from Miraj and famous classical songs of Abdul Karim Khan of kirana family has increased the name of Miraj all over India.
This dargah was built about 500 years ago. The dargah is called as Khaja Meersaheb dargah and is known for its secularism as people of all faiths and religions visit this dargah. A music festival is held every year and reformed musicians and singers perform here. The festival (Urus) is famous all over India and lot of Devotees visit there. The Devotees walked on 'Buring Coals' without any scarness. It also has math of Venabai1. It is worth visiting this beautiful place.
The typical of India's enriched bio diversity trees are seen at Chandoli. These e the members of India's vast nature, which shelter plethora of avian life and fer the humans a range of products. It includes (Indian names) Ain, beheda, mun, hirda, pangara, Jack Fruit, palms, Umbar(banyan) Awala Amba, Apta etc. so does it host, medicinal plants like Adulsa, Kadinimba, Shikekai, famalpatra" (a must in Indian spices). The fauna includes a lot of animals and birds, it shelters panthers, bisons, wild oars, langoors, bears, procupines, barking deers, wild dogs, hares etc. prey ;rds like eagles, merlins, kites owls also co-exist with benign birds like the Koel, tunas, Babblers, Kingfishers, hoopers, crow-pheasants and peafowls.
The 'ckwater shelters egrets and storks. Lot of reptiles dwell here, like lizards, cobras, pythons etc. once can see, many ecies of butterflies as a speciality of this sanctury. In fact, many a species iich otherwise have become extinct in India can be watched here. possible to take a boat ride, in backwaters of Chandoli and reach the forest, op, at Durgawadi forest is also possible.
The famous Ganesh Mandir at tasgaon having magnificient 'Gopuram' , was built by Marathi Senapati Parshurambhau Patwardhan. The 'Gopuram' resembles with those found in the South Indian temples. A unique feature of Lord Ganesh idol is that its trunk faces at right directions. An annual 'Rath Yatra' is held during the ganesh festival. It is also known as Ganapati Panchayatan. Panchayatan means a group of five deities. Adi Shankaracharya introduced the idea of having five deities for worship. At Tasgaon (which is a famous grapes-producing centre), in Sangli district there is such grouping of five deities. This temple or rather a temple-complex, was built by Parashurambhau Patwardhan, an esteemed general of Peshwas in 1785. Patwardhans later founded small princely states in Sangli district.
The is made in the form of penta-pantheon. It is formed as follows: at the centre there is idol of Siddhi- Vinayak. On right, it is flanked by Rameshwar temple, on left there is temple of Vishnu. Remaining two are those of Suryanarayana(the sun god) and Uma. They are situated along the peripheral perambulation track. This is a peculiarity.
The waterfall is just 2 hours travel from Sangli by train or a car. The best time to visit this falls is between June to October as there is plenty of water. There is a swinging bridge on the waterfalls. Gokak Dam and the Hydroelectric Power plant are also worth watching.
There are famous Jain Temples in the city. Some of them are following.
-Shri Mahavir Swami Jain Shwetambar Deharasar
-Shri Shatrujay Jain Shwetambar Murtipujak Trust Jain Mandir
-Shri Amizara Vasupujya Swami Shwetambar Murtipujak Sangh Jain Mandir
-Shri Dharmnatt Jinprasad Shri Jawahar Socy Jain Shwetambar Murtipujak Sangh Jain Mandir
-Shri Jain Shwetambar Parshvanath Deharasar
-Shri Rushabhdev Chaityalaya Jain Mandir, Kavalapur
-Shri Suparshwanath Deharasar
-Shri 1008 Neminath Digambar Jain Mandir
Kandhar Falls is located at a distance of 7 to 8 kms. from Valmiki.This fall is in the middle of Chandoli Zoo,hence surrounded by dense forest.This Fall starts from a 'U' shaped hill. It is next to the Chandoli Dam.In short you can say that the water falls in the Chandoli Dam.
The old and historical temple of Shri Siddharaj is in Kavathe Ekand. This is temple is very famous for big crackers and lighting show which runs full night till sunrise during the festival of Vijaya Dashami.
The village of Deshing is in Taluka of Kavathe-Mahankal, district Sangli. It is 25 kilometers away from the town of Miraj, a railway junction. It is said that the temple here goes back 300 years. A legend has it that one Kulkarni, an ancestor of present manager of the temple, had the Hod appeared in his dream, telling him that he would surface in Deshing. Then this ancestor built the temple along the river bank.
The Sangli district has recently entered into wine industry, and has achieved some success in producing classic vintage categories. Wine producers in Sangli make distinctive, classic wines using imported root stocks. The fertile soil of the Sahyadri hills region, and the long sunny days and dry climate make for an excellent product. The government of Maharashtra has set up a specialized state-of-the-art wine park at Palus, 30 km from Sangli city. This 142 acre (575,000 m?) park is located at Palus, which produces one of the best-quality grapes in the world.
Krishna Valley Wine Park has an International Quality Wine Institute which has been set up in association with the Bharati Vidyapeeth, a leading university of India. The institute carries out research in wine manufacturing. Krishna Valley Wine Park of Sangli has been recognized as an Agri-Export Processing Zone by the Indian government.
Kundal the region around Sangli (now small village near Sangli). Kundal is a pilgrimage centre for the Digambar Jains. Every year, thousands of Jains visit this place. The palace built by the Chalukyas. As per the inscriptions the Kundal was ancient village, it is 1600 years old. Kaundanpur is the old name of kundal. Kundal is surrounded by hills, including Zari Parshwanath(The water from trough cascades near the idol of Mahaveer), has two caves which house the idol of Mahaveer and the images of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Samav Sharan(large open space on top of another hill) is considered holy by the Jains, they believe that Mahaveer gave sermons to his followers here.
Narsobawadi is a small village located close to Kolhapur, which attracts tourists in quite a large number. It is popularly know as Narsobachi Wadi. This place is ,iated at the confluence of river Krishna and Ranch Ganga. Narsobawadi has ireat archaeological significance.
It is built by Maratha Emperor Shivaji Maharaj. Prachitgad is a fort of the times of Lord Shiva.On the way to Prachitgad, in the jungle, there is an old palace,rather remains of this palace and an 'well' of Rani Kalavati.This 'well' is well built with very fine carvings. There is a deep valley while climbing Prachitgad. To reach Prachitgad passing this valley there are several ladders made of iron.On the fort there are stables,an old temple,'tofa',at the same time caves which has a small water pond.Valmiki to Kandhar Falls and ahead to Prachitgad,this journey you have to do through the Table Land. During this journey you get to see wild animals for sure!
Ramling Temple is a very old and beautiful cave temple. The temple structure is very old and the main deity is a Shivalinga inside the cave. This Shivalinga is believed to be installed here by Sree Rama during his 14 year life in the forests. It is also believed that Sree Rama worshipped this idol at that time. The caves are wet always with water dripping from the cave walls all the time. The quantity of water coming into the cave does not increase or decrease even during rainy seasons. The source of water in the cave is not identified till now. The structures around this temple are very old, dates back to centuries. The temple is located on a hill near Sangli.
It is just 30 km from Sangli. Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is at trifurcation of three tehsils namely m Khanapur, Walva and Palus Tehsils of Sangli district covering an area of is th 10.87-sq-km in Western Maharashtra. The significance of this sanctuary is that it is a man made sanctuary. Sagareshwar is an artificially cultivated forest without perennial supply off c water and in which most of the wildlife species are artificially introduced. It was first blutxtught under the category of park, then Sagaroba game reserve in 1980 and thereafter, in 1985, it became Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary when approximately 52 animals were set free in the area.
Deer, jackals, rabbits, peacocks, wild goats, wild cows, leopards are the wild animals of this sanctuary. There are also ancient temples of Lord Shiva.
This place is 1km. ahead from Bagetala Ganapati. Here the confluence of Krishna and Warna rivers is at Haripur where 700 years ago written Gurucharitra also has mentioned the old Sangameshwar Temple which is in Haripur, the worship of Sangameshwar is done under the name of Markandeya. In the month of Shravan 1000 of devotees visit this sacred place for offering prayers. At the same time a big festival is also held. In the year 1768 Govind Hari Patwardhan made houses for the Brahmins, which is why the town is known as Haripur as a tribute to Hari Patwardhan.
Sangli Fort is situated in the centre of Sangli City. Inside the fort is the Collector's office, Revenue Office, a Marathi school ?Purohit Girls High school" and a museum. Rajwada, the palace is also located inside the fort, and the museum is located in backside of the Rajwada. Just opposite to the fort is the present court of Sangli district.
The Ganapati temple situated on banks of river Krishna at Sangli is most beautiful temple in south Maharashtra. A well momentum of Sangli is the Ganapati Madir. During our freedom struggle, the premises of this temple were used as meeting place. Lokmanya Tilak amd Mahatma Gandhi has held meeting here. The Rajasaheb of Sangli , Appasaheb Patwardhan has built this temple, stated in 1811 and completed in 1844. This temple is very famous for its artistic construction. It is built out of black stone made available from the hills of Jyotiba. The temple has a large premise, covering a sprawling two acres. It comprises of a platform, an excellent hall and a ?Nagarkhana". The door of the sanctum is carved out of different coloured natural wood. The temple is located on eastern bank of river Krishna.
This Ganesha was installed in 1843, by Patwardhans. Here too there is a conclave of celestial beings. Shankar, Suryanarayana, Chintamaneshwari, Laxmi Narayan and Ganesha. It is a grand temple, built in black stone. Like traditional layout of Indian temples, there is sanctum-sanctorum, middle chamber, outer chamber (Sabha-griha) and ?Nagarkhana".
This place has wide history and is a sacred place of Narsinha Saraswati (Dattatraya) who was born in Vidarbha 700 years ago who stayed at Audumbar for 4 months. The residents villagers decided to establish an Idol of Shri Narsinha Saraswati. The residents villagers decided to establish an Idol of Shri Narsinha Saraswati. But the resident villagers didn't have any sketch nor any idea for the sketches to describe.
Reason of which they went to J J School of Art and appointed one European and Marathi Painter and sent them to Karanja to decide the exact sketch of Shri Narsinha Saraswati. They studid lot of papers as well as read his features and met lot of people there. They both were staying at different places. But one fine day both of them had a dream at the same time where 'Swamiji' appeared infront of them. They both prepared the sketches at different places. When the sketches were compared it was noticed that both sketches were exactly the same. Accordingly the Idol was prepared and which is today 'Audumbar Narsinha Saraswati' (Dattatraya). Both original sketches are available to see at Karanja.
The Sun god is of prime importance in Vedic religion, but there are very few temples of his. All the temples and the idols face the East. The complex is made up of carved rock slabs, ornated with motifs. At the entrance there is ?Nagarkhana", a place where musical instruments would be kept. It looks like a roofed balcony. This structure us a common feature of medieval Maharashtrian architecture. After passing through the archway, you stop onto the courtyard. Then comes the temple, with its south-indian style, high, multi-storeyed pinnacle.
The ?Sabhamandap" is three-chambered. Ten feet high rampart encloses the temple. Between the rampart and the temple there is garden. Ganapati is seated on golden throne. It is made up of white quartz. Lord's trunk is twisted right-wards.
- Dudhsagar Water Falls, Vishnu Temple (Vishnu Ghat), Revansiddhanath Temple, Vita etc.
- Mahatma Gandhi Vachanalaya : Only Building in India who's stone is kept by Mahatma Gandhi.