Jyotiba Hills


A must visit on a trip to Kolhapur, Jyotiba Temple honors Jyotiba (Dattatreya), the incarnation of three gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Situated at an elevation of 3124 feet, Jyotiba temple features 12 ‘jyotirlingas.’ According to legends, Jyotiba was formed to kill the demon Ratnasur. Temples within and around the complex were reconstructed by the successors of the Scindia and Chavan. To reach the sanctum of the temple, tourists have to climb 100 plus stairs. Although the temple remains crowded with tourist throughout the year, it is during the Chaitra Poornima fair that the temple gets decked in its best.Main deity of the temple is in the form of ‘Shivlinga,’ also known as Kedareshwar. Besides, there is an idol of Yamai and Chopadai.