Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple.


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Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple. Overview

Ranked 2 of 57 sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. The temple is situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, which is about 6 km north of the main city. Built in the 16th century by the Chanda Rao More dynasty, this temple is a quintessential of the Hemadant architectural style of South India.

Enclosed by a 5 ft high stone wall, this temple is divided into two areas, the sanctum sanctorum and the central hall. Swayambhu, which is the 500 years old self-originated lingam, is enshrined within the sanctum sanctorum. This self-originated lingam is in the shape of Rudraksha and is called Mahalingam, which is considered to be superior to the twelve Jyothir Lingams.

Lord Shiva’s trishul, Rudraksha, damru and a bed which are around 300 years old, are kept inside this temple. Moreover, the temple also comprises a square shaped raised platform. According to the legend, the Maratha ruler, Shivaji weighed his mother Jijabai in gold at this platform and then gave away the gold in charity.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
6:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
6:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

462 reviews

The linga is like Rudraksha

The photo above is that of panchganga temple. Lord Mahabaleshwar temple is also in the same complex. There are directions on board. The whole area is covered by all sorts of shops. Some shops included the trees within the construction. There was a queue for darshan. It was not moving since 12-noon, puja was going on. When we requested, the PRO told the pujari to finish fast and made the crowd move fast. There is a painting of Jeeja bai giving tulabaram of jewels. Chatrapati Shivaji was also seen in the painting. The best part is the wet lingam that is a different type of stone and shape. Little boodi and puffed rice was given as prasadam.

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Anil Sahu

Anil Sahu2.5/5

7 reviews

Holy Temple

Lord mahablaeshwar Temple is a must visit place when you are in Mahabaleshwar. An ancient temple has a natural Shivalinga looks like Rudraksha. The city is known for this temple.

Basant Beriwal

Basant Beriwal5.0/5

2 reviews

Awesome place

This is a very nice place to visit amazing don't have lot of words, but its a best what to say more about this place this is a huge river it say panchganga temple where 5 Nadi water came at a time and no water stop.

Soumya Pandey

Soumya Pandey5.0/5

25 reviews


The time of my visit was August so it was completely clouded and thereby making it heavenly. The temple was all empty with calmness sweeping in from all sides.

Jigar Dave

Jigar Dave3.9/5

52 reviews

Beautiful Temple

This temple is very old. The temple is very strong and beautiful. The temple is of Lord Mahabaleshwar. There is a small pond in temple place. The pond is for devotees to take a dip and wash their hands and feet to feel fresh and holier.

Vineet Goel

Vineet Goel4.6/5

6 reviews

Very good place but crowded in the morning

We went there in the morning, first thing next day as there was a traffic jam on the road previous evening. The temple was also crowded in the morning. We had a great breakfast at the entrance of the temple, which was freshly cooked by the local team maker. Overall nice experience. One can also buy jam, Gulkand etc from the local shops but don't forget to bargain.

Deep Shroff

Deep Shroff5.0/5

4 reviews

Historical Significance

This is the place where 5 tributaries meet, very sacred and holy water. Must visit for the peace and the historical significance of this temple. This is located in old Mahabaleshwar which is 3 km from the new Mahabaleshwar.

Sanja Behera

Sanja Behera5.0/5

2 reviews

Calm and peaceful place

Cool place, if you are so tired then you will get so cool natural water in this place. This place is awesome for devotee, the interior of temple gives you a feel of inner calmness and peace.

Akshaya Patil

Akshaya Patil5.0/5

67 reviews

Unique idol of Swayambhu

This temple is well known as Shri Kshetra Mahabaleshwar temple. Visually it seems like present temple has two part of architecture. One part is old temple plus an extension with new built up. Even this temple is made out of rock like all other temples in the vicinity. The interior of temple gives you a feel of inner calmness and peace. Idol in there is referred as Swayambhu. This temple has a different piece of idol to worship. The idol is a rock which looks like a Rudraksha. The pandit said there are two Rivers which ooze through that form. The water that lies on the rock form never dries up. You can see it throughout the year. The idol form in itself is worth the visit.

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Kiwans Mehta

Kiwans Mehta5.0/5

2 reviews

Very old temple made with hard stones

The natural water comes out is very sweet. Water and temple is very good. Kitchen items made up of wooden crafts are very good and so strong with reasonable price.

Photos of Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple.

Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple., Mahabaleshwar

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Shimjith Rajagopal

Old Mahabaleswar temple
Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple., Mahabaleshwar

Photo by

Shimjith Rajagopal

View from Old Mahabaleswar
Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple., Mahabaleshwar

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Sanil Prabhudessai

Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple., Mahabaleshwar
Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple., Mahabaleshwar

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Yogesh Dhupar

Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple., Mahabaleshwar

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