Karavir Kshetra (Kolhapur)

Mythologically it is said that Kolhapur was founded by Daitya called Kolhasur (fox demon), who then was troubling people, so Deity Mahalakshmi came to rescue and killed him. The city was named after him, honouring the dying demon's last wish. Hence the name Kolhapur. It is said that no one counts pillars of the Mahalakshmi temple, anyone who tries, calls himself death.

Kolhapur was a princely states of British India, during the British Raj under the Deccan division of the Bombay Presidency, and later the Deccan States Agency. Kolhapur was considered the fourth most important Mahratta principalities, the other three are Baroda, Gwalior and Indore. The state flag was a swallow-tailed orange pennant.

Many of the old palaces hae been converted into corporation offies and schools.

Kolhapur is also known as 'Dakshin Kashi' [Kashi in South] and the city is situated at the banks of River Panhaganga.

Places to visit

Bhavani Mandap, Temple of Ambabai (Shri Mahalaxmi), Rankala lake, Shalini Palace, Juna Rajwada (Old palace), Papachi Tikti (Chappal lane), gujri (jwellers' lane), Keshwrao Bhosale theatre, Deval Club for music lovers, Khasbag.