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“Kanakaditya Temple at Kasheli”

Sri Kanakaditya Temple
Reviewed May 17, 2014

The temple is of the Sun God with his idol standing tall in the chamber showering blessings upon his devotess.
It is located at Kasheli, a quiet and serene village in Ratnagiri.
In vicinity, the temple has a well and an 'ookati' to draw water from the well. Located in peaceful and lush green (more of mango trees) village of Kasheli with ease access roads and quite surroundings, the temple is certainly worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

There are only few temples of God Sun. Hindu philosophers and believers consider Sun as a God. There is an ancient Sun temple at Prabhas Pattan near Veraval in Sourashtra region. One can find some Sun temples in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), Konark, Orisa and Nepal

Kasheli, a very small village in Rajapur Taluka of Ratnagiri district, is the prime attraction for devotees due to a famous and ancient temple of Sri. Kanakaditya (Name of Sun God). Kasheli is at a distance of approximately 30 kms from both Ratnagiri and Rajapur. The temple is having a bright historical background. The deity of God Aditya (one of the names of God Sun) was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple before 800 years. Prabhas Pattan is Lord Krishna’s place. There are so many legends about the temple. Once one boatman was traveling from Veraval port towards South direction. The deity of Aditya was there in the same boat. When the boat was passing through the Kasheli region, the boat had stopped automatically. The boatman tried a lot to sail the boat into the sea. But he failed to do so. Then he has decided to place the deity of God Aditya at the Kaseli port. He had placed the deity into a black cave (approximately 400 sq. feet). Immediately after this, the boat had got the motion for sailing. A great devotee of God Sun, Kanaka, was living at Kasheli. She got the enlightment from God Sun about the deity. Then she had formally constructed a small temple of Aditya with the help of villagers, hence the temple is known as Kanakaditya. The cave is called as “Devachi Kholi” ( God’s room).

Sri. Kanakaditya is very famous spiritual place from Ratnagiri district. Many devotees from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Amaravati, Belgum, Hubali, Dharwad, Ujjain, Gwailor, Indore are visiting the temple every year. The temple trustees are celebrating five days festival of Ratha-saptami every year. Many spiritual programs like Kirtan, Pravachan, Aarati, Palakhi etc are organized during the festival period.

King Shilahar of Panhalgad (a hill fort) had donated kasheli village to Shri. Govind Bhat Bagawat in the service of Brahmins. Govind Bhat was the worshiper of Kanakaditya deity. Progeny of Govind Bhat are the current care takers of the temple.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Few visitors are aware of this Sun Temple with an interesting legend. The local community is very proud of the temple and looks after it along with the priest. They will patiently answer your queries if you express a genuine interest. There is a well where a couple of holy tortoises reside. The temple structure, though simple, is reminiscent of local temple building - an extant from these days. During the annual festival (usually in Feb), the god goes out for a ride in a chariot.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

there are vaery few surya mandirs in maharashtra. kanakaditya is one of imporantant and must visit temple at kasheli. now kasheli is conected by good motarable road. is on the west side of road jaitapur to pawas. and hardly 3/4 km from main road. temple is situated in thick woods and the sun idol is full standing posture, with beatfull impresive eyes and very delightfull body language.the temple has very attractive wooden ethnic sabhamandap.the main roof of temple is covered with pure copper sheets looks like pure tejonidhi in full sun light. very calm and cool atmospher with no city hussle will tempt you to stay .

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