Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple Alibag
Kankeshwar Temple, sacred to Lord Shiva, stands high on a hilltop in the village of Mapgaon around 12 km from Alibaug, the headquarters of Raigad district. The unique architecture of the temple was built in 1674 and is the finest example of Hoysala style of architecture. The main sanctum of the temple houses 4 feet long Shiv lingam. The gate of the temple has a beautiful lion sculpted on it flanked on both sides by lamps. Another feature of Kanakeshwar Temple is ‘Pushkarni’, a tank that remains filled with water all the time. It is unfortunately closed to visitors now.
Since its is located on a hill, reaching her can be little problematic for the aged people. Autorickshaws are easily available but one can opt for trekking too.
13 km from Alibag Centre, Alibaug, India
Things to Do & See in and around
One can explore the temples close to Kanakeshwar like Maruti Temple, Gaymandi (Sculpture of a Cow), Nagobacha Tappa, ‘Devachi Payari’Temple of Devi Putrabai, Gaymukh and the plateau of Vyaghreshwar.
Best time to Visit
Best time to visit the temple will be Kartik Poornima as this is when a fair is organized here.