Three hours south of Mumbai, directly on the coast lies the town of Harihareshwar, in the southern Raigad district of Konkan (South Kashi). Harihareshwar is home to a 16th century Shiva temple in which the presiding deities are the Trimuti: Brahma, Visnu and Mahesh, with Devi Parvati. The Trimurti are represented here in linga form, or “triple linga”.
Harihareshwar, located 175 kms. from Pune, was a prominent site during the reign of the Peshwas, and Hari Hareshwar was the family deity of the Peshwas, thus giving it a place of importance in Maratha history. During that era, the nearby Taluka site of Shrivardhan, just north on the coast, was a major port bringing traffic to Harihareshwar.
Harihareshwar has recently regained popularity as a destination for tourists and pilgrims, who come to see this ocean-side temple, which sits on a hill known as Harihar, or Pushpadri. The challenging route to Harihareshwar is then repeated by a challenging parikrama route around the temple, described below.
The date Harihareshwar Temple was originally built is unknown, historical evidence shows that Ramabai, Senior Madhavrao Peshwe’s queen visited here to worship Hari Hareshwar, praying for the good health of her ailing husband. Harihareshwar is bordered on one side by the Bankot creek, and on the other side by the Arabian Sea. The Bankot is the confluence of the Savitri River and ocean. A beautiful cypress grove adds greenness to the seaside environs. The town is surrounded by four holy hills, which represent Visnu, Brahma, Siva, and Parvati: Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri, and Pushpadri.
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