On top of Jyotiba mountain, at the height of 3124 feet above sea level the holy Shree Jyotiba temple is situated. (Marathi: ज्योतिबा)
It is a grand temple built about 150 years ago.
The journey to the Jyotiba temple from kolhapur is enjoyable. Distance between Kolhapur and Jyotiba temple is almost 20kms. 15 kms from Mahalaxmi temple, Kolhapur
The Panhala fort is Just 12 kms west from Jyotiba.
Most of the peoples from nearby visit jyotiba temple on Sunday. You may find rush on this day of week.
On the way to jyotiba you can enjoy a small ghat on the mountain. Just about 6 kms from kolhapur you’ll feel away from the city. and the amazing nature.
You can also enjoy the whole city view from the jyotiba mountain.
If you’re traveling in the early morning the fog make the nature experience to whole another level.
There are two entries to enter in the area of temple. I always choose the main one. Ones you enter the main temple area you can can see the amazing mighty temple. with amazing structure.
Mythology about Jyotiba Temple:
Shree Jyotiba is the incarnation (avatar) of Bramha, Vishnu, and Mahesh and part of sage Jamadgni’s anger, and the shine of 12 sun.
The avatar Jyotiba was taken to distroy the evil Ratnasur. Jyotiba helped Mahalakshmi in her fight with the demons.
It is another story that Adishakti created another set of Tridev. i.e. Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Which was 100 times more powerful than original Tridev to down their ego, when her motive become successful she ordered her newly created trideva to come again when she will call for her help.
When Kolhasura & his army was ruling at karvir with full of unjust methods Mahalaxmi decided to go back to karvir.
Aat this time she called the trideva & they appeared in hands of Mata Vimalambuja, in the form flame.
After knowing Mata’s wish that flame took form of eight years child bearing khadag (Sward), Damaru (Drum) Trishul (Trident) and Amrut Patra (Pot filled with nectar).
Jotiba founded his kingdom on the mountain where temple is stand today, and belongs to the Nath sampradaya.
He was born in the hands of Vimalmbuja, the wife of the sage Pougand, on Chaitra Shukla 6th panchang.
Lord Jyotiba is the incarnation that destroyed Raktabhoj Rakshasa, and Ratnasur Rakshasa thus liberating the region from its tyranny. The idol of Lord Jyotiba is four-armed.
Festival at Jotiba Temple :
On Chaitra Poornima of Hindu calendar, a big fair is held at the temple. Hundreds of lakhs of devotees visits jyotiba temple with tall sticks known as Sasan Kati.
During the festival the whole mountain is turned pink due to scattering of ‘Gulal’.
Being Sunday is day dedicated to Jyotiba, there is always rush over there.
History of Jotiba Temple :
In 1730 A devotee named Naavji built a small temple of Shree Jyotiba. Naavji was from the vilage Kival, it is a small vilage near Karad.
Later the temple renovated by the Maharaja Ranoji Shinde of Gwalior. He built the grand temple from black basalt stone.
Later another two temples where built by the devotees along side the original one.
The Kedareshwar temple built by Doulatrao Shinde is particularly standing without pillars. And was built nearly 155 years ago in 1808
The chopdai temple which is present between Kedarling and kedareshvar temple was built by Pritirao Chavan and Himmat bahadur in 1750.
So basically this is a group of three temples.
Malji Nikam, Panhalakarbuilt the 4th temple of Goddess Rameshwari in 1780 In front of Kedareshvar. There are two nandi’s in black stone.
On the east side of temple there is a Goddess Satvai facing towards east. On west side of temple Shree Ramling is situated facing east.
Around the jyotiba temple there are twelve Jyotirlingas where established by Shri Kedarnath. Thats why he is also known as Jyotirling.
In order to establish the twelve Jyotirlingas, they first established Badrikedar ling in the remembrance of their original place in Himalaya so it is called as Kedarling too.