Karhateshwar Temple
Karhateshwar Temple
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travelonrepeat_please
Pune, India93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We visited this temple in December 2021. When you arrive and park your car it seems like some random old temple you would find in any village but my friend you would be blown by the beauty of this place once you start descending through the stairs. Few stairs down there is a small and very old temple of Lord Shiva. The place is very peaceful, calm and you could easily spend some time inside the temple, filling up your energy vibes. Then you can further go down the stairs and there it is the wide open sea with trees all around. You can sit on the stairs in silence and just enjoy listening to the waves crashing against the wall and going back. It is truly meditative just being there. Also, there is Gomukh over there from which a slow stream of water is coming out. This place is a hidden gem and definitely worth your time.
Written August 14, 2022
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Mazzanilife
166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
We fell upon this Temple while searching for Jaigad lighthouse. If you will look from the top, you will just see a dilapidated temple but don't let it dishearten you. Go down and take further stairs on the right to reach the little piece of heaven. It is so beautiful that it takes your breath away. There is a fresh water source in form of small well where water is coming from inside the mountain. It is fresh, clean and refreshing. Then there is a small beach which is very beautiful with palm trees and blue green water. You can just sit there for hours enjoying the place it is so beautiful. You can carry picnic basket and enjoy picnic there but lack of toilet facilities could cause issue. However a small visit is a must. But I will recommend that you wear your footwear while going down if you have sensitive feet like mine.
My recommendation is that it is must visit place.
Written April 8, 2017
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anubandhg
Pune, India4 contributions
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3-4 kms away from Jaigad Jetty, there is a beautiful (and unnoticed) temple known as the Karhateshwar temple. This temple is very close to the Jaigad Lighthouse and is at the Western most part of the landmass.
Peace and Tranquility greet you at the entrance as one can only hear the sweet sound of the sea with some birds around.
Visit the temple and proceed towards the 'Goumukh' (Mouth of the Cow) by climbing down a few stairs. The waves hitting the shore on a continuous basis and showering on the land is a treat to watch.
Written August 18, 2014
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Pradeep717
Mumbai, India214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
Karhateshwar Mandir is a beautiful serene place, a surprise at the end of a road. You have to climb down a few steps to reach this typical Konkan style temple of lord Siva. Two sides of the temple compound, which is elevated at a few feet, is guarded by the Arabian Sea.

There are more stairs downward to the Gomukh, the fresh water spring. You may enjoy a bath, or just sit on the sea side rocks enjoying the splash of waves.
Written February 14, 2014
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RohanKashikar
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
The temple is of wooden structure, built during the regime of Shilaharas. In the night, temple is closed for visitors. On the slopes of the hill by the side of seashore between the cuttings of the hill, water springs in small stream, throughout the year. This spring water is stored in two small tanks for bathing purpose. Even during winter the water is warm. One who takes bath gets fresh and energetic. Shri Narayanbhau Jog, a Ramdasi, has described the place in following words.Very old abd beautiful place. a must visit place
Regards Rohan
Written December 27, 2012
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sankalansarkar
Mumbai, India279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
A little hard to find but a little bit of asking around would take you there. The temple is run-down and nothing out of the ordinary. However, to the right of the temple is the sea-as blue as it could be. With rocks. Red. If you've visited Anjuna beach before they polluted the view with those annoying tetrapods, you would know exactly what I am talking about. Serene, calm and an ideal place to idle your time by, the only eyesore are rocks being dumped into the sea by Jindal Steel, most probably with the intention of building a factory on the reclaimed land (I'd be happy to be proven wrong). Go and spend some alone time here before profit-mongers turn the sea black.
Written January 3, 2017
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ug_cal
Kolkata (Calcutta), India163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
There is nothing architecturally magnificent about the temple, but it is the atmosphere and the sea view that makes it so pleasant. There are a few ancient statues too but not sure of their origin. A long flight of stairs go down to the temple (the ascent can be rather steep for people with weak knees).
Written September 8, 2013
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P M V
Nagpur, India4,192 contributions
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Jan 2023 • Friends
Karhateshwar Temple.
Sufficient parking is available at Karhateshwar Temple.
As you walk toward the temple you see the main entry gate it is called Audumber Dwar, It is an arched gate. The top of the arch has a flag pole. At the bottom of the arch hangs a bass bell.
The Audumber gate has a unique design, the top portion looks like a Viking helmet with horns!!
Karhateshwar Temple is built on a sloping hill where the hill slope culminates at the beach and the sea. Two level areas had to be dug out of the hill face to enable the construction of the temple.
Stone-paved stairs start at the Audumber Dwar and go right down to the sea shore where an underground perennial sweet water stream is channelled through a Goumukh to fill a Kund. (Goumukh : Cow mouth : hollow stone statue of a cow head. Where an underground stream flows out through the Goumukh). Devotees wash their feet and hands and freshen up, some who re more devoted take a bath with Kund water before going for darshan in the temple.
Passing through Audumber gate, as you start descending, you pass near an old Audumber tree, after which the Audumber gate seems to have been named.
We decided to first go and visit the Kund. The stairs are fully shaded by the thick and dense trees going all around. The climb / descent is a bit steep and the number of steps is also a fair amount. Those with knee trouble may find it a bit difficult. The water of the stream is cold and potable. One feels quite freshened up after washing the face n that water. Good view of the sea. The seashore is rocky in the area around the Kund. On the climb back to the temple I was intrigued by the ruins of what appeared like the ramparts of a fort along the seashore. Wanted to explore it but it was difficult and inaccessible so just continued the climb and reached the temple.
Temple is an ancient temple. It is commonly accepted that it was built during the reign of Shaliharas.( 765 to 1029 CE).
The architecture of this temple is unique. It is the first and only kind I have seen so far.
It is a long rectangular building with a split two-tiered roof covered with clay tiles. There are no domes or shikhara which house the Garbha Graha, The Sabha Graha. Such domes and shikhara are the traditional, standard features of all the temples all over India. Ther are missing here.
Once inside, the rectangular hall is sort of partitioned into three parts. A small built-in Garbha Graha, a Sabha Graha, and bit larger assembly hall. The roof is supported by teak pillars. These pillars are plain square in shape, very plain, and simply devoid of any designs or engravings, Such simplicity in this temple built of wood was another feature I found strange. This uniqueness and simplicity is what sets this temple apart and make it unique.
On the upper tier dug out in the hill slope there are some rooms. The room which is closest to the stairs is Ganesh Mandir. It has a small but beautiful idol of Ganesh carved in white marble.
The thick forest all around, and the remoteness of the temple from any habitat ensures the quite serenity of the temple.
One can have a blast here, a picnic with kids and family near the Gomukh Kund 😊
It was a good place to visit. A temple with a difference.
Written March 6, 2023
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nsaurav30
Mumbai, India12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very quiet and far stationed place. YOu would love the peaceful sound of breeze echoing in premises of the temple.
Written January 23, 2021
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Kashmalan Doctor
Baroda, India214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
This ancient Shiva temple is one of the “must see” spots only because of the fabulous location on the sea. The temple per se is not very impressive but the steps leading past it and onto the “gaumukh” or the cow’s mouth end at a very serene spot where one can just sit on the rocks and gaze into nothingness (well, actually the creek waters) for hours accompanied by the gentle lapping of waves on the rocks. It is meant for those who value solitude, quietitude and calmness, certainly not for those who want to see “happening places”. It is approachable via a road on the left off the main road going to JSW thermal power plant at Jaigad and goes past the lighthouse, hence one can visit the latter also, subject to timings. For those having leg problems, please note that you have to descend to reach the main temple and then go down quite a bit further to reach the “gaumukh” so climbing up would be arduous.
Written May 4, 2015
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