Jyotiba

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Shri Jyotiba of Kolhapur
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Shri Jyotiba of Kolhapur is located in Maharashtra
Shri Jyotiba of Kolhapur
Shri Jyotiba of Kolhapur
Location in Mahashtra Pradesh
Coordinates: 16°42′00″N 74°14′00″E / 16.70000°N 74.23333°E / 16.70000; 74.23333Coordinates: 16°42′00″N 74°14′00″E / 16.70000°N 74.23333°E / 16.70000; 74.23333
Name
Proper name: Jyotiba
Location
Country: India
State: Maharashtra
District: Kolhapur
Locale: Jyotiba

Jyotiba (Marathi: ज्योतिबा) is a holy site of Hinduism near Wadi Ratnagiri [1]in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra state in western India. The deity of the temple is known by the same name, and is held by the locals to be an incarnation of three gods: Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesha, and Jamadagni.[2] An annual fair takes place on the full moon night of the Hindu months of Chaitra and Vaishakha.

Jyotiba is 18 km north-west of Kolhapur. [1] According to the tradition, the original Kedareshwar temple was built by Navji Saya. In 1730, Ranoji Shinde built the present temple in its place. This shrine is 57 ft x 37 ft x 77 ft high including the spire. The second temple of Kedareshwar is 49 ft x 22 ft x 89 ft high. This shrine was constructed by Daulatrao Shinde in 1808. The third temple of Ramling is 13 ft x 13 ft x 40 ft high including its dome. This temple was constructed in circa 1780 by Malji Nilam Panhalkar.[3]

Lord Jyotiba is the incarnation that destroyed Raktabhoj Rakshasa, and Ratnasur Rakshasa thus liberating the region from tyranny.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Gunaji (2010). Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra. Popular Prakashan. pp. 114–. ISBN 978-81-7991-578-3. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/Default.aspx?strpage=shrines_Jyotiba.html
  3. ^ "Jotiba's Hill". Maharashtra State Gazetteers - Kolhapur District. Government of Maharashtra. 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  4. ^ P. 114 Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra By Milind Gunaji

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