Jyotiba temple Kolhapur is a beautiful temple near the village of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Jyotiba temple timings are from 4 AM to 11 PM. Here we can learn about the history; festivals celebrated, accommodation and Jyotiba temple e-pass booking online the temple.
The temple had constantly filled with ‘Rang’, which refers to the colour used to play Holi. Because Gulal offers to Lord Jyotiba as a symbol of the sincerity of the pilgrims, the glorious temple Jyotiba had built for the Lord and, as its name suggests, is the embodiment of three different deities.
Pilgrims believe in visiting the temple after visiting the Mahalakshmi Temple. Situated at an elevation of 3124 ft above sea level, the view from the temple is breathtaking.
The serene atmosphere, along with the divinity of the structure, gives the pilgrims and visitors a feeling of peace and tranquillity.
The Jyotiba Temple had built in the year 1730 by Ranoji Shinde. This magnificent temple believes to be about 55 feet long, 37 feet wide and 77 feet high.
The interior is elegant and straight, while the exterior has long stairs that pilgrims have to climb to reach the main temple. The climb is about 100 steps and lined with some shops.
The shops vary from selling coconuts and flowers to CDs and shops selling images of Lord Jyotiba. The most famous festivals of this magnificent temple are Chaitra and Vaishakh, which had celebrated during the Hindu months.
They call Chaitra Purnima as they take place on the whole moon night of this month. It is an annual festival where all the devotees play with Gulal.
The entire hill of the Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur had covered with gulals, which is a beautiful sight and a great festival to experience.
Jyotiba Kolhapur Legend
Lord Jyotiba, as mentioned earlier, is famous as the incarnation of the three deities.
It believes that while the evil demon Ratnasura was terrorising the area, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma decided to take the same form and kill the demon. Lord Jyotiba was born on the day of Chaitra Shukla to Vimalambuja, the wife of the sage Paugand.
He helped Goddess Mahalakshmi destroy Ratnasura and established his kingdom from this mountain. He had also believed to have destroyed a monster named Raktabhoj.
History and Architecture
The Jyotiba Temple had built in three different phases. Navaji Saya founded the original temple, and the present main temple was built on the original site by Ranoji Shinde in 1730.
It is 55 feet long, 37 feet wide and 77 feet high. The second part of the temple had built by Daulatrav Shinde in 1808 and is approximately 44 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 89 feet high.
The third temple had built in front of the second temple. The exact time and date are unknown, but it is around 1780.
This part of the temple had built by Maljee Neelam Panhalkar and is 13 feet long, 13 feet wide and 40 feet high.
The whole temple is an ancient interior. Recently, some changes have made the temple more pilgrims friendly and accessible.
The triangular domes of the temples had painted yellow, while the main body and walls had still made of the same stone.
During the holy months of Chaitra and Vaishakh, there is an annual fair at the Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur. Devotees and tourists come from all over the country to participate in this festival.
The month of Chaitra had marked as spring. Goddess Jyotiba celebrates during these months. Devotees play gulal on this fair day.
The temple is coated with the full colour and gives this beautiful pink colour which can see from a great distance.
Devotees carry a stick around the temple called ‘Sasan’. The stick is hefty and long, so a group of 15-20 men volunteered to carry the stick.
Carrying the stick is believed to be a very sacred act, which in a way, is a ritual of God.
Men, who do not have the opportunity to carry a heavy stick, carry their small one as a custom symbol. All the men attending the festival wear orange or yellow turbans.
Visually, it looks like an attractive contrast to the gulals they cover. The colour of the tiara worn by men is similar to the colour worn by the Jyotiba idol in the temple.
The annual festival of the Jyotiba Temple is one of the most culturally rich events in India that has been going on for centuries. Families attended it for generations.
The Maharashtra government has acknowledged the immensity of the festival. It has deployed Special Forces to manage and monitor the devotees, and millions of people from across the country flock to Kolhapur for the Jatara.
Tips for visiting Jyotiba Temple
- It is advisable not to visit this temple on full moon days and Sundays as this place had crowded with visitors.
- Take water with you as you may have to stand in long queues for hours.
- Avoid wearing white or light-coloured clothes to the temple as devotees throw gulal.
- Try the delicious lassi at the Surya Lassi shop near the temple.
Jyotiba Temple e-Pass Booking for Darshan
Great news for online booking for Sri Jyotiba Darshan Pass is available these days. Below are given the steps to apply online for Sri Jyotiba Online Darshan.
- First, visit the official website of Jyotiba Temple.
- Click on the E Pass Darshan link at the top here.
- In the new tab, the E Pass Application Form will open.
- Enter all the details asked in the application form.
- Add a family member we visit with family.
- Click on Save.
Thus, apply online for Darshan for Jyotiba temple e-pass Booking.
Press Note: Due to corona, temple administration postpones the online booking process. So please visit the official website for more details.
Shree Jyotiba Temple Timings
Below are the Jyotiba temple timings:
|Event||Jyotiba Temple Timings|
|Temple opens||4:00 AM|
|PADHYAPUJA & KAKADARATI||5:00 AM|
|PANCHAMRUT ABHISHEKAM||8:00 AM|
|KHADIPUJA or MAHAPUJA||9:00 AM|
|DHUPARTI & MAHANAIVEDYAM||9.30 AM|
|BATH, ABHISHEKAM & BAITHI PUJA||3:00 PM|
|VIRAGI/SIMPLE PUJA, DHUPARATI & SHEJARATI||7:00 PM to 9:00 PM|
|TEMPLE CLOSES||11:00 PM|
Hotels to Stay
- Treebo Trend Shree Sai Suits, 0.3 km from Jyotiba Temple.
- Hotel Darshan, 0.5 km from Jyotiba Temple.
- The Pavillion Hotel is 0.5 km from Jyotiba Temple.
- Hotel Royal Treat Kolhapur, 0.3 km from Jyotiba Temple.
- Hotel Silver Oak, 0.6 km from Jyotiba Temple.
Shree Jyotirling Devasthan Wadi Ratnagiri, Tahsil- Panhala, Dist- Kolhapur
Shree Jyotirling Devasthan Office
Paschim Maharashtra Devasthan Committee Head Office
Shri Deepak Mehta
Shri Santosh kachare
Email ID: [email protected]