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Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings.
Kunkeshwar is a village in Maharashtra, India.
This town is situated on the bank of Arabian Sea. There is a temple for the Hindu deity Shiva in the town. This temple is holy place in Konkan, and is also known as Konkan Kashi.
Kunkeshwar is built along the sea. Kunkeshwar produces Alphonso mangoes.
Kunkeshwar is located in the Sindhudurg district. Kunkeshwar is 16 kilometers away from Devgarh, 54 kilometers from Malvan and 60 kilometers from Kankavli. The nearest railway station is in Nandgaon which is approximately 42 kilometers away from Kunkeshwar.
HISTORY OF KUNKESHWAR :
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 a 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". And 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. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan. Every year a huge celebration takes place on the occasion of Mahashivratri, 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 Nivas” at an affordable rate.
How to Reach Kunkeshwar Temple :
By Road :
Nandgaon village on NH17 (Mumbai-Goa Highway) to Kunkeshwar Temple : 42 kms
Devgad to Kunkeshwar Temple : 14 kms
Mumbai to Kunkeshwar Temple : 492 kms
Pune to Kunkeshwar Temple : 387 kms
Kolhapur to Kunkeshwar Temple : 160 kms
Private vehicles and ST buses ply from Devgad, Kankavli, Kudal and Sawantwadi.
By Rail :
Nearest major railway station on Konkan Railway is Kankavli, 49 Kms. Nandgaon Railway station is 42 Kms.
By Air :
Nearest airport at Dabolim, Goa is 186 Kms. Mumbai Airport is 492 Kms.
Places to Visit in Kunkeshwar Temple :
Map : Kunkeshwar Temple Map