Know Indian History – Architectural Wonder – Monuments –Bhavani Mandap Kolhapur – Temple of Tulja Bhavani

Bhavani Mandap  is the glory of the city. Being the biggest & oldest building, Bhavani Mandap has historical importance. When Kolhapur became self-governed, this place was built. It has fine and sound construction with 14 squares. In about 1813, the Muslim knight Sadakhan invaded the palace and a part of it was burnt. After repair, 7 squares survived.

At the center of Bhavani Mandap, there is the temple of Kulswamini Tulja Bhavani. History tells that Shambhu alias Abasaheb Maharaj was killed in this very Mandap. Near by stands a body-built statue to commemorate Shahu Maharaj. As a memory of his hunting a stuffed tiger and buffalo are kept. Tomb to right with coloured fishes and a tiny temple of Lord Shiva, all appears to be history incarnate! Opposite to the temple is a grand hall-pendal which was erected in 1918 A.D when Shreemant Akkasaheb Maharaj, daughter of Shahu Maharaj was married. Further, during 1926-30 Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj gave a new form to it.

Taking away original wooden arches, the hall was made tall and splendid. Within the compound walls of the Bhavani Mandap, Motibag Gymnasium, Rajwada Police Station, Maharashtra Battalion are working on a splendid entrance gate.


Vital Tourist Information : Bhavani Mandap

Location :
Bhavani Mandap is located at City heart of Kolhapur in south Maharashtra just opposite to world renowned temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi.


Near By City : Pune


State : Maharashtra [India]


Region : South West India


Best Time to Visit :
Mid September to March is the best time to visit Kolhapur.


Spoken Languages :
Marathi - Hindi - Gujarati - Sindhi- English


Fairs & Festivals :
Kiransotsav - Navratri are the main festivals at Mahalaxmi temple Kolhapur.


Interesting Information :
In the premises of Bhavani Mandap there is temple of Goddess Tulja Bhavani. According to Hindu Mythology Tulja Bhavani is younger sister of Goddess Mahalaxmi, the place was constructed when she came to her elder sister as guest.


Travel Tips :
Kolhapur have airport of own at Ujalewadi, which is under expansion hence presently very limited domestic flights are available.


How To Reach : Bhavani Mandap Kolhapur


Basic Travel Info :
Bhavani Mandap is situated just opposite to Mahalaxmi Temple at city heart. Auto Rickshaw or city buses are available from all parts of Kolhapur city for reaching here.


By Train :
Kolhapur is the last train stop on the south central rail route. Mahalaxmi and Sahyadiri express runs daily for Pune and Mumbai. Most of south Indian cities are connected with Kolhapur by train route via Miraj junction.


By Bus / Road :
Kolhapur is located on the [NH4 ] Mumbai - Bengaluru highway. Good bus service is there from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa state for getting here