I am Kolhapur, previously known as Karvir, am popular in India since ancient times as the abode of the goddess Mahalakshmi temple. For thousands of years pilgrims from all around India have flocked to me and I am also known as the ’Dakshin Kashi’ and according to the legends I am probably more important than Kashi itself.
I am located in the Panchganga river basin in the southwest part of Maharashtra and as per the mythologies I was found by a demon called Kolhasura, who was killed by goddess Mahalakshmi and the Devi named I was after him as his dying wish was granted by the great goddess.
Presently, as a city, I am governed by the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation that provides most civic services to my citizens and have also made considerable improvement in living conditions since the independence. Most of my residents are Hindu and naturally I have a culture that is predominated and heavily influenced by Hindu customs, traditions and religious beliefs.
Art and Culture of Kolhapur
Though compared to other major cities of the state I am only a sprightly little town I am also sometimes known as ‘Kalapur – that is the ‘City of Arts’. Located amidst the tranquility of the Sahyadri mountain ranges on the banks of river Panchganga I am the religious pride of Maharashtra and carry a unique cultural heritage of art, aristocracy and graciousness alloyed with spiritualism, education and modernization for a rich and colorful local culture.
Along with the handmade leather chappals and sandals, those are popular all over the country, as Kolhapuri chappals, I am also very much well known for Kolhapur jewelry and a special type of necklace known as the Kolhapuri saaj.
As I am regularly visited by people from different parts of India I am well connected by rail, road and air to most major cities in the state and there is also an efficient in city transport service that makes commuting to different parts of mine easy and minimum time consuming. Along with Maharashtra state road transport corporation buses, Kolhapur Municipal Transport (KMT) too also local bus services and for local services auto rickshaws are also available.
Like all other Indian cities I also offer my visitors a variety of traditional style entertainment along with modern entertainment facilities and ensure a wonderful experience for anybody coming to visit me. Along with ‘Tamasha’ – a traditional Marathi theater form ‘Lavani’ traditional dance is also extremely popular here and I have finally caught up with the mall and multiplex culture too, and a few of them have already popped up on different parts of mine bringing in ultramodern big city lifestyle for my residents.
Weather and Climate in Kolhapur
I have a climate that is a blend of coastal and inland elements typical of most Maharashtra cities and though summer is not very hot here, but it is extremely humid and I also receive abundant rainfall between the months of June to September. From November to February is my winter and during that time I am warmer than most other cities in the state and as humidity also stays low for making the weather extremely pleasant those winter months are certainly the best time for visiting me.