After exploring a number of places in Kolhapur, the next place to visit for us was the Bhavani mandap of Kolhapur. The place is the glory of the city. It holds a great historical significance as it is the biggest and oldest building.
The history related to the place unrevealed the fact that When Kolhapur achieved self-governance, this place was constructed. The place was huge, and had fine construction with total 14 squares. Parts of the building were damaged and that discloses the fact that in the year 1813, one Muslim knight named Sadakhan, invaded this palace and in the bustle, a portion of it burnt. Though, the palace was repaired and seven squares lived to tell the tale.
In the central portion, there was a temple of Kulswamini Tulja Bhavani. Nearby stood a body-built statue of Shahu Maharaj, who was killed here, and for his memory, a stuffed tiger and a buffalo are displayed.
Although the place is smaller than the Mahalaxmi temple, the Bhavani Mandap is also an important place that is well visited by the devotees from all over the country.The temple is devoted to goddess Tulja Bhavani who is younger sister to goddess Mahalaxmi and is a guest in her city- Kolhapur; as considered in mythology.
This palace is located just behind to the earlier visited Mahalaxmi Temple. Being constructed around 200 years ago, the once royal residence holds the architectural qualities of the past.
Shri Chhatrapati built this Bhavani Temple in his palace premises. The temple that was made for his family members and the area surrounding it is a hint of the royal wealth. It is said that Shri Chhatrapati used to accomplish his Court activities in this temple. We could witness the beautiful idol of Goddess Bhavani that was placed in the Bhavani chowk
A tomb was present on the right side having some colored fishes along with a small temple of Lord Shiva. We also explored the hall that was present just opposite of the temple. It was made when daughter of the Maharaja was married. Later, it was renovated by the maharaja himself, making it more splendid.