Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Temples of India : Story of Shri Harihareshwar Temple

What I love most about Indian temples are that each and every temple generally has its own fascinating story and in my series of "Temples of India" next is 
"Harihareshwar Temple" situated in a town know as Harihareshwar. 
This small little quaint coastal town is situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India and can be perfect for your weekend destination from Mumbai or Pune. Surrounded by three hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal & Pushpadri this place is very famous among locals and tourist because of it's lord Shiva temple. 
There are two temples known as Kalbhairav temple and main Harihareshwar temple ,and it is believed that you should go first to Kalbhairav temple than main Shiva temple. It is said that Lord Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva with Devi Parvati manifested here because of the prayer of Rishi Agustya.
To take the pradakshina you have to go around the temple the route goes along the sea shore. Avoid doing same during high tide.
This place is also famous among locals for performing several religious rituals including last rites.
After visiting the temple spend some time on beach for witnessing the beautiful sunset .......beach is pretty clean. Do remember to taste the local cuisines such as Ukadi Che Modak ( Sweet dessert) and Sol Kadhi ( An appetizer) in you dinner.

The temple

Some Information

Temple Area
Temple Area 

Temple Area
Local delicacies " Mango Candies , Jack fruits Candies and Kokum Candies "
How to reach -Harihareshwar is situated approximately 200 K.m.from Mumbai and 170 K.m from Pune , in approximately 5 hours you can reach this place.
Days required- 2 Days , 1 night are ideal.
Best time to visit- November to February 
Where to stay- You can choose based on your budget, I recommend Tranquil Beach Resort
Tranquil Beach Resort


What to eat- Sea food, you can also try Kokum and Khas Sharbat. Do try some local food. Here local people offer food but remember to give order in advance.

Simple Veg Thali

What to buy- Cashew nuts , Kokum products , home made local products such as papad, dry chillies etc.                                                                                                           


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