Satisahagamana is a good old tradition practiced by chaste
women in the dim past and continued its away till the appearance of Raja Ram
Mohan on the social scene. Though this loath-some practice evoked contempt and
protest by the then progressive few, it received social sanction. This
particular temple shows abundant proof of a woman, who committed Sati and her
figure in stone with inscription in Brahmi lipi glares at the visitors when they
enter the temple.
According to sthalagnas, roughly some 400 years ago a chaste
woman burnt herself at funeral pyre of her loving husband. Eulogizing her
ennobling act, some high soused men deemed it necessary to build a temple for
worship. And it was done. It is on the self same spot where the sati was
committed, and in memory of it only a six foot high by four feet statue was
erected. The figure and the inscription are so damaged that nothing is clearly
obtained. The Brahmi characters inscribed on the stone are indecipherable due to
ravages of weather. but there is unmistakable evidence that this was built to
commemorate that monumental self sacrifice of a chaste woman that brought
laurels to Indian womanhood. It is visited by many theists.
Though not festivals or ritualistic worship is offered, the supreme act of
burning on the funeral pyre merits circumambulation to that Sadhvimani says the
local with pride.
3 km off Gagan Bavda and about 50 km off Kolhapur in the state of Maharastra,
accessible by four wheelers.