The city has a rich history dating back to over 300 years. The origin of Kolhapur can be found in Hindu mythology. It is said that the city was the home of Kolhasur, a demon spirit who was destroyed by the Goddess Mahalakshmi in order to save the local people from their misery. The spirit’s last wish was to have the city named after him and thus it was called Kolhapur. \n\nReligiously, Kolhapur was a significant Buddhist destination in the 6th century and it is also mentioned in the Devi Gita in the ultimate and key chapter of the Devi-Bhagavata Purana, and was stated as a place of Kollamma worship. Historically, Kolhapur was the city where an intense conflict occurred between Western Chalukyas and the Chola Kings. In the 19th century, this state was annexed by the British. After India's independence, the state acceded to the Dominion of India and was merged with Bombay State.
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These places near Mahabaleshwar are ideal for enjoying nature, exploring historical sites and indulging in fun activities.
Kolhapur boasts of various exciting handicrafts and dance forms, which epitomise its rich culture.
Kolhapur’s rich heritage can be explored through its forts, palaces and ancient temples.
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