Rankala, It’s not only a lake but a place to chill, relax, and enjoy a peaceful moment with stunning view.
Rankala was dug as a stone quarry in 8th century. Later the underground water flooded the query in 9th century after the earthquake, thus the quarry became a lake. The name Rankala adopted from the Rankabhairav temple which is believed to be submerged at the center of the lake.
This historical lake has a temple nearby with a big Nandi. Nandi is a vahan of shiva. (As per Hindu mythology Lord Shiva uses Nandi for traveling). the local believes that the Nandi moves about a distance of a single wheat grain towards the lake and back about a distance of single rice grain daily. It is also said that when this nandi reaches the lake the whole world will be destroyed.
Current Attraction at Lake:
The circumference of the lake is 4.5 miles. Sandhya Math was built on the east banks of this lake.
Shalini Palace was built on the north side bank of the Rankala lake. The palace was built in 1931-34 at a cost of Rs. 800,000 and was named after Princess Shalini Raje of Kolhapur.
Padmaraje garden is on the north-east side makes the scene of this lake enchanting.
The south-east bank of the lake has been developed into a pathway, park and sit-outs. There are local fast food stalls, horse-riding for children and boating on the lake as part of the tourist attraction.
The Distance between Rankala Lake to Mahalaxmi Temple is less than a Kilometer from the Mahadwar (West Entry). You can enjoy street shopping on your way to rankala.
The depth of Rankala lake is max 15m. This Lake has a circumference of 4.5 miles.