Name : Kanakeshwar Temple
Kanakeshwar Temple is situated on a hill near the village of Mapgoan which is 13 kilometers from Alibaug. Regular buses are available from Shivajinagar to Alibag and buses from Alibag to Kanakeshwar.
In the mid of the hill one can see "Nagobacha Tappa" (a Place of Snakes) and the famous step called "Devachi Payari" named because, it is said, God himself stepped here after the construction of the temple and the steps.
The hill is almost 1200 feet high and one has to climb 700 - 750 steps to reach the temple. The temple of Kanakeshwar is very beautiful; it is a Hoysala style structure built in 1764. The ancient temple was built by Raja Ramdeorai yadav. The height of the Shiv temple is 54 ft. The front gate has Lion sculpture on both sides with traditional lamp-pillarV (deepmaal) in front. The 4 ft. long 'Pindi' of Lord Shiv is Silver plated.
The premises also include Nagaar-khana, Bheem Kunda, a garden for flowers to be offered to the Lord, Sri Ram Ganesh temple and Gomukha.
If you want to see the beauty of the Arabian sea and the fort of Khandvi as well as the entire hilly region, then Kanakeshwar is the place to visit and rest.
Every year, Kartik Poornima in Hindu calender is the day of fair.
|Road leading to Temple|