At last, it was time for us to visit the last spot on our tour. We felt a bit sad that the tour came to an end so fast. As we drove towards the Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur, we thanked our driver for all his support and service. It was for him that we could cover all the spots without any glitch. The Jyotiba Temple was near Ratnagiri in Kolhapur. It took us a while to reach the temple. This is another very important temple for the Hindus and lakhs of pilgrims visit the shrine every year. Jyotiba is the principal deity and he is believed to be an incarnation of the Triumvirate of Hindu Mythology – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The annual fair that takes place in the temple compound is looked forward to by the local people.
There are a large number of devotees of Jyotiba, particularly in the South Indian states. As time passes, the popularity of the temple has been on the rise. The temple was built in 1730. A couple of shrines have come up afterwards on the temple compound as well. According to the mythological beliefs of the local people, Jyotiba had helped Goddess Mahalaxmi to fight off the demons. The mountains of the Western Ghats in Ratnagiri is said to be the kingdom of Jyotiba. We saw all the temples on the compound and also offered our pujas. The scores of devotees who thronged the temple proved the power of the God.
We sat at a place on the Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur compound and had the divine prasad. It was very peaceful in spite of the thousands of people who were moving around. Our driver told us that he visits the temple every time there is a fair along with his family. The locals believe that the God fulfils one’s wishes. We gave our secret wishes to the lord as well. The tour had finally come to an end. As we headed back to our hotel, I clicked some more photos of Kolhapur. Our train was scheduled for the next morning. It was a nice trip.