Our urge to visit unconventional places takes us to some off-beat locations like Gondeshwar Temple, Devikund Sagar Royal Cenotaphs. One such destination is the Krishnabai Temple in Old Mahabaleshwar which is just 3 hours (127 KMs) scenic drive from Pune. While Mahabaleshwar Temple and Panchganga Temple are quite popular in Mahabaleshwar, Krishna Temple is a hidden gem!
Located just a few meters away from the Panchganga temple (Convergence of five rivers – Koyna, Krishna, Venna, Savitri, and Gayatri) the Krishna Temple, is a Shiva temple and is built in the Hemadpanti Style of Architecture. It is known to be the origin of Krishna River hence the name of the temple. The year of construction is unknown but some say it is 1000 years old while some opine it to be 5000 years old!
December 2018:: Started from Pune early in the morning and took a pit stop for a quick breakfast of Dhokla and Poha. The weather was perfect for the drive. The enchanting views, green landscapes, ghats (winding mountain roads) were worth a trip.
Reached within 3 hours and parked our vehicle in the parking behind the Panchganga temple and moved in the direction of the trail leading to the ancient temple overlooking the most beautiful landscape of Krishna Valley. As you walk through the small trail, you won’t realise there will be a magnificent black stone structure at the end of the trail.
I have put the location on the map for your ease. The mark is of Panchganga Temple as the map is unable to find the Krishna Temple. So, when you reach Panchganga, you can see well-marked path which you can follow.
The first thing you notice is the moss-covered exterior and the water flowing from the gomukh (cow mouth). The rivulet is collected in the tank and then joins other sources to form full-fledged river. When the water level is low, you can sit on the stairs leading to the tank and take some candid shots. Although, the temple is open round the year, the best time to visit is the post-monsoon (September-February) where the whole area becomes lush green and photogenically inviting.
Carvings on the pillars, the intricately well planned design, view of the valley and the feel of the Krishna Temple is captivating.
The architecture and carvings of the Krishnabai Temple are worth capturing. It is serene and peaceful. Glad this temple has not tasted the wrath of urbanisation. The charming view from the temple is mesmerizing. You can sit there for hours and watch the sky canvas change!
Have a look at couple of more photographs….