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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
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Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

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Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshvar - Trymbak Khandoba - Jejuri
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TRYAMBAKESHVAR - TRYAMBAK

The antarala, a smallrectangular verandah intervenes between the mandap and garbhagriha. The garbhagriha is internally a square although externally it is a multi-cornered star. The deep vertical offsets and horizontal mouldings, and the far projecting cornices create memorable shade and light patterns and give a rich and massive appearance to this huge pile. Numerous figures of animals and human beings and yakshas and gods add to this chequered pattern. Running scrolls and small floral designs form parts of the sculptural wealth of the structure. Each pilaster-like projection has a niche in the centre, housing some image or the other. Above the garbhagriha rises a graceful spire with curvilinear outlines.

Rows of kalash-like motifs decorate the corners. A giant amalaka surmounts the shikhar, the finial being a gift ‘kalash’. Around the shikhar are clustered numerous miniature replicas of itself. This structure is the most elegant and complete specimen of the North Indian or Indo- Aryan style found in Maharashtra. It was caused to be built by the third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740- 1761) on the site of an older but much humbler shrine. It took nearly thirty-one years to complete the structure and cost somewhere in the vicinity of sixteen lakhs of rupees. Inside the garbbagriha the atmosphere is very calm and cool, darkness adding to the sombre tone. In the centre is a small depression always full of water and in this water is the swayambhu ling of Shiva. From a crack on the top of the ling water, that is, Ganga is constantly dripping forth.

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