Bhavani Mandap Overview

Ranked 6 of 22 sightseeing in Kolhapur

Bhavani Mandap, also known as the glory of the city, is one of the biggest and the oldest structures situated in Kolhapur. It was built during the period 1785 to 1800 by Shivaji Maharaj II, the ruler of Kolhapur. Earlier, Bhavani Mandap had 14 squares however, in 1813 after the invasion of the Muslim ruler Saadat Khan, 7 squares were destroyed.   

Travellers visiting Bhavani Mandap can also explore a famous temple of Goddess Bhavani, which is situated in its centre. Furthermore, the site attracts tourists for its beautiful entrance hall and various embellishments like Zumbur, a cluster of lights. The entrance hall has an idol of Shahu Maharaj, which is the main attraction of the mandap.

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Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.6/5

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Temple of Tulja Bhavani

Visited Bhavani Mandap, main deity is Goddess Tulja Bhavani. It is at a walking distance from Mahalakshmi Temple, although smaller in size than Mahalaxmi temple, Bhavani Mandap holds equal importance to the citizens and pilgrims all over the country. It is the temple of goddess who according to mythology is a guest in her elder sister Mahalaxmi's city Kolhapur. Do visit.

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Sankar Narayanan5.0/5

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Bhavani Mandap - The Old palace of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj

Bhavani Mandap at Kolhapur. The old palace of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj is named as Bhavani Mandap.The entrance look very elegant and is of Black granite structure. In the centre of the palace houses the idol of Tulja Bhavani and a temple and Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj offered his worship everyday in this temple. The palace has the exhibits of Lion, Tiger the Bull hunted by the Maharaja. It also has the dresses and arms used by the Maharaja.

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