Maharashtra is a land of numerous architectural marvels and various spiritual centres. Home of 3 Jyotirlingas out of 12, this destination is quite famous among the Hindu pilgrims and that’s why numerous tourists visit Maharashtra every year. Temples in Maharashtra are more than just the pilgrimage sites as these pilgrimages hold great importance according to Hindus. There are temples near Mumbai which showcase Dravidian architectural style and Maratha architectural style which is defined by the Peshwa dynasty.
This temple is built with Maratha style architecture and is built in 12th century. This temple is safe and secluded because of its location and is fairly untouched by the foreign invaders. It is one of the astounding temples in India with back door unlike traditional Hindu altars usually have a single door for entry and exit. According to locals the reason behind two doors is the existence of a river. This temple also has some unique and fine carvings on the walls and ceiling and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
This temple is around 1000 years old and this 11th century temple is a masterpiece of architectural beauty. According to historical records this temple is the oldest existing temple which is built in the Bhumija style of architecture. This stunning Shiva temple is a famous attraction and is visited by numerous devotees.
Location: Ambernath, Thane
Kailasha Temple is one of the largest monolithic temples in India and is built in 8th century by the ruler of Rashtrakuta dynasty; Krishna I. This temple is one out of 34 caves and carved structures which are popularly known as Ellora caves. This temple is built in traditional Dravidian style architecture. Moreover the temple’s entire structure took 20 years to get completed.
Location: Ellora, Aurangabad
This temple is also called as Sundernarayan Temple and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is said that this astonishing temple was built under the rule of King Shailahar in 13th century. This temple is very famous and is visited by lot of pilgrims; moreover the idol of Lord Vishnu is so beautiful and perfectly carved and sculpted. The sculpture of Lord Vishnu is sculpted in such a way that one can observe all the four avatars of Lord Vishnu in a clockwise direction. This temple is located on the way to stunning Divegar Beach.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the temples built in Maratha temple architecture and is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India and this temple was commissioned in 15th century by Balaji Bajirao Peshwa. This temple was made of black basalt rock and influence of Hemadpanthi and Bhoomija style can be seen on the architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and hold great importance among the devotees. People visit this temple from different corner of the country just to take blessing from Lord Shiva. This stunning temple is one the major attraction and one of the astounding architectural marvels.