land of magnificent temples...this is the town of Kolhapur,
the religious pride of Maharashtra. Nestled in the tranquil
laps of the Sahyadri mountain ranges, it is situated
on the verge of the river Panchganga. Surrounded by
rivers from all directions with Krishna Ganiki to the
east, Shiva and Mayuri to the west, Veda and Yaksha
to the south and to the north, Krishna and Warana, this
part of terra firma houses a plethora of fascinating
temples. It is believed to be a milk-rich area and the
hill-side weather conditions are believed to be beneficial
for bodybuilders. Winters are mild and misty and the
people remain enthusiastic. Also termed as a city of
palaces and gardens, it is a historic Maratha city,
with the Mahalakshmi temple forming the focus.
Kolhapur was an imperative Buddhist base during 3rd
century BC. There's evidence to prove the same. Even
today this place is termed as Dakshin Kashi and is believed
to be 108 kalpas old (1 kalpa = 100 years). Also called
Karveer, a very rich and glamourous town once, it was
turned entirely into shambles in the 8th and the 9th
century; the cause... earthquakes. Later, the Rashtrakoot
kings thought of bringing back the town to life and
developing it to form an important city.
they did, and the city got a new face in the 12th century.
It was then declared as the capital of the King Sheeldatta.
1945 witnessed certain archaeological excavations near
a hill in Kolhapur.
there was a discovery... Remains of a prehistoric town
that supposedly belonged to the Roman Era. Kolhapur
was the main target of the Mughal forces. Demolition
and rejuvenation was surprising no more. The early 19th
century was a spectator to the rise of the British control
over the Marathas. Rigorous attacks lead to agitation
of the Kolhapur troops in 1857. The British regime saw
the coronation of Shri Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj as the
King of Kolhapur in 1894. The land became a part of
India in 1947. Prior to this, it was a province, that
ranged from the Western Ghats to the Deccan Plains,
and was under the rulers called the Marathas. The land
later turned into a major avenue of outdoor sports,
hunting being a key hit in those times.
Shahu Maharaj was a great ruler, who took immense pains
to identify the sufferings of his subjects, unlike the
other princes of his time. He took to developing the
land and its people. A princely state that it was during
the British rule, it still has palaces, gardens and
monuments displaying the Indo-British architecture.
the world is growing fast, We as kolhapur people should
try to move ahead with technological grwoth, industrial
expansions as well has tourism improvement. As lots
of foreigners are migrating to our country for tourism,
education, business etc. it is our duty to bring them
to our city, showing them the advantages of plantation
of business here. As we have already established MIDC
like Shiroli, Gokul Shirgaon, Shivaji Udyamnagar. This
is the right time for kolhapur branding, we need to
bring kolhapur as a different identity apart from only
tourism point of view.
using various technologies like internet, wi-fi, CC
tv's, Video Conferencing, etc. we can get our various
strengths to the outer world. We can get collborated
with the world known companies, we can bring them here.
We can provide them land, infrastructure, man power.
the tourism part we should try to enhance our explanations
about the information about various plances in kolhapur.
we should give them a full and real information. So
that they can understand the culture and people very