Thursday, June 23, 2011

LAXMI KESHAV TEMPLE - KOLISARE

kanchan athalye | Thursday, June 23, 2011 | Best Blogger Tips
This is a famous temple of Lord Lakshmi- Keshav, a Guardian God [कुलदैवत] for many Maharastriyan Brahmin families such as Joshi, Khambete, Ghaisas etc [mostly शांडिल्य गोत्र]. The temple is at 2000 ft high from sea level. A continuous spring of water is the prime attraction for the visitors near this temple.

The deity of the Lakshmi- Keshav is having a long history. Before 1200 years Rashtrakul [राष्ट्रकुल] family was ruling over Marathwada region of Maharashtra. All the family members were devotees of Lord Vishnu and they had constructed many beautiful temples. After few years due to attacks of Mughals, many deities were immersed into the water for protection. Such one deity is immersed into the Rankala Lake [रंकाळा तलाव] near Kolhapur. The same deity is installed at Lakshmi- Keshav Temple Kolisare. This ceremony took place in the year 1510. The deity is the example of rich ancient Indian sculpture. A must see place during Konkan visit.


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