“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station commonly known as the Summer capital of Mumbai and also berry heaven. Being surrounded by beautiful breathtaking views and valleys it is the most loved destination for us. It is so blessed with mother nature that has got perfect soil for growing berries.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
We visited Mahabaleshwar with our friends during Christmas for 3 nights. This time we had the privilege to stay at our friend’s farmhouse that was so beautiful which had a valley view and was miles away from the hustle-bustle of the town and main market. It was surrounded by wide strawberry farms where we had a great time picking up the strawberries and other fresh produce like radish and broccoli.
Our farmhouse was very close to the old Mahabaleshwar, so we decided to go to the Panchaganga temple. There are plenty of signboards that will guide you over there perfectly. As per Hindu mythology, five holy rivers Krishna, Venna, Koyana, Savitri & Gayatri show their token appearance here in five springs flowing closely. Lord Shiva temple is also an important pilgrimage and religious site which is situated in old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar. A beautifully carved gaumukhi can be seen within the Panchganga Temple. The five rivers flow out of the gaumukhi. An idol of Lord Krishna can be seen inside the temple since it is dedicated to him. The Panchganga Temple was constructed by Raja Singha Deo who was the ruler of the Yadavs of Devagiri.
Colorful handicrafts and souvenirs can be purchased from the shops around the temple. This temple is a must-visit for everyone because of its aesthetic scenic beauty and historical background.
Open: Every day
Visiting Hours: 0500 Hours to 1200 Hours 1600 Hours to 2100 Hours
Visiting Charges: Not Applicable