Shree Mahalaxmi, the goddess, symbolises power and prosperity. Shree Mahalaxmi is one of the prime Shaktipeeths in India, the seat of power. The devotees flock from all over India to have darshan of this deity. It is also known as Dakshin Kashi (Southern Kashi). The huge carved pillars, foliated arches in wood and graceful sculptures mesmerize the visitors.
Jotiba temple is situated 15 kms to the north of Kolhapur on the green mountains with black precipices. On Chaitra Purnima a big fair is held, when lacs of devotees flock to the temple with tall Sasan sticks and Gulal. Narsinha Saraswati Swami's Temple is situated on the confluence of the Krishna and Panchaganga River, to the south of Shirol. Swami Narsinh was one of the 16 descents of Lord Datta.
Khidrapur, situated 65 km towards the south east of Kolhapur in Shirol tahasil is famous for the temple of Kopeshwar. The Khidrapur temple is an ancient and artistic temple, a unique example of the ancient Hemadpanthi sculpture and architecture. There are different destinations like Kumbhoj, Kaneri, Pandavdara caves, Katyayani etc. for the devotees of all castes and sects.
On the western side, the region is mainly occupied by the world famous Western Ghats mountain range. The famous Sahyadri hills carry many forts. Some of them are Panhala fort, Vishalgad, Shivgad, Bhudargad, Rangna, etc. The Western Ghats are occupied by rain forests. A variety of flora and fauna can be seen here. Rare species of plants and endangered species of animals are present here in their natural habitat. Indian Gaur is mainly seen in the region of Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary. Many rare birds and their endemic species can be easily seen in this region.
Thus discussed is a brief review of the various places of tourist interest in the district of Kolhapur.
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