Ancient Shri Kopeshwar Temple, Kolhapur

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  • Kopeshwar is located at khidrapur a plcae around 60 kms from Kolhapur.It is ahead of Narsobachi wadi.It is also near from Sangli.The temple is of lord Shiva and was built by Shilahara King Gandaradity...  more »
  • The Temple was build more than 200 Years before. The temple is beautifully sculptured and the Carving done from all sides is magnificent. You would not find this kind of stone work now a days. Must Vi...  more »
  • This is a very nice temple with excellent architecture. We had visited this place on the way to Kolhapur from Bijapur. It is situated in a village. There is no road for about a KM near the bridge, whi...  more »
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  • The ancient Kopeshwar temple at Khidrapur in Kolhapur District is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sits on the bank of River Krishna. There are reasons to believe that even though the construction of Kopeshwar temple started sometime in 7th century AD, the work remained incomplete largely due to constant skirmishes between warring rulers of the region. The renovation was completed only in the 12th Century by the Shilahara and the Yadava Kings. This temple is in four parts, all interconnected through vestibules. The first structure you enter through is the Swarga Mandap (Heavenly Hall). The architecture of Swarga mandap is unique. This mandap is round in shape and is constructed with the support of 48 well carved rounded stone pillars which are placed in three circles. Each of the 48 pillars has been carved in different shapes -round, square, hexagon and octagon. Another unique feature of Swarga Mandap is that a part of the circular ceiling in the middle (with a radius of 13 feet) is open to the sky. The sanctum is conical. The exterior has stunning carvings of deities and secular figures. Elephant statues sustain the weight of the temple at the base.
  • The architecture of this temple is stunning. We can't believe how it was build back 700 years or so without any machine. It very nice template. Must visit one hour drive from kolhapur.
  • Ancient temple of Shiv Ling and Vishnu. ShilpKala or Architecture design is very detailed. Shoot here many popular movie scenes, as Katyar Kaljat Ghusli etc.
  • Amazing stone sculptures! In the sanctum sanctorum it is interesting to see Vishnu in the form of a lingam.
  • Amazing architecture and beautiful temple. One of its kind and its a hidden gem. I wonder how it must be in its original glory. Probably only temple in world where Shree Vishnu Ling & Shiva Ling is available. My only rant is government has not made any efforts or local people has not made any efforts other than selling temple flowers and stuff.
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