Kunkeshwar temple is situated in the Devgad taluka of the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Kunkeshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva Temple. This temple has been constructed in the Konkani architectural style. The temple is popularly known as the “Kashi of the South Konkan” The temple of Kunkeshwar was built many years back. According to legend, a sailor traveling in the sea for trade came near the beach of Kunkeshwar. Suddenly havoc appeared in sea. The sailor was a Muslim. The ship seemed to sink in the sea. He saw a lamp on that beach. He prayed to that lamp "I don't know who you are. But if you will help me and stop the havoc I will build a temple for you". His ship came to the seashore of Kunkeshwar without any problem. He built the temple as promised. The Lingam was already there. As the Sailor was a non-Hindu, he thought that his religion will not accept him. Therefore he committed suicide from the top of temple. This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. Every year a huge celebration takes place on the occasion of Mahashivaratri, which keeps religious beliefs in constant sight of the multitudes. During the festival a large number of devotees throng this place with their families and friends. This vigilant Shiva deity bestows blessings on everyone who surrenders to its feet. Shri Kunkeshwar Temple Trust provides accommodation to their devotees in their beautifully constructed rooms called “Bhakta Niwas” at an affordable rate.

Places to Visit near Kunkeshwar Temple :

Rameshwar Temple Padavane Beach Bhagwati Temple Brahmdev Temple Saitawade Waterfall

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