Khidrapur

Location: 60-65 km east from Kolhapur.
Khidrapur Brief History: The ancient name Khidrapur is ‘Koppad’. Kopeshwara means God Mahadev. Kop in Sanskrit means wrath according to popular mythological tale, Parvati, Mahadev’s consort was daughter of King Daksha humiliated her husband on the occasion of Yadnya (fire sacrifice). She could not bear it and jumped into the Yadnya fire. Mahadev got furious and destroyed Daksha’s Yadnya. Khidrapur is believed to be the place where God Mahadev himself waited for Parvati when she went to her father’s house at the small village nearby called Yedur.Yedur about 13 km from Khidrapur is place where Daksha yadnya was performed. There is also temple at Yedur at the place where Yadnya took place.
Khidrapur The artistic temple of Kopeshwar, built during the rule of Shilahara dynasty (11-12th century) is famous for beautifully carved sculptures. The entire temple rests on a ‘Gajapeeta’ (a semicircle platform resting on the back of 92 carved stone elephants on which the temple is built). Kopeshwar temple is 34 x 19.5 x 17 mtrs high to the top of the dome. The temple faces the east. It has got three main entrances, facing three directions; the east, the north and the south. On the east side high up above the entrance, there is an image of Goddess Durga. The walls are made of black stone richly carved and the dome is carved with stucco. To the main building are attached two richly sculptured mandapas or vestibules. In the vestibule are two concentric squares the outer with twenty and the inner with twelve pillars all are richly carved. In front of the temple is a round roofless structure called SwargaMandap (Heavenly hall). According to the belief, the person standing on this SwargaMandapa, his entry into heaven is protected. At the door there is a pair of babyelephants. Images of ‘Dwik-Pal’ (guardian deities of eight directions) are cut into the pillars; scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata are carved. Next AntaralKaksh has two huge pillars. On both the side, there are idols of ‘Jay-Viajay’ – the door men: the deities found at the many temples. Sanctum sanctorum has images of ‘Kopeshwar’ (God Mahadev) and Dhopeshwar (God Vishnu). At the back along the wall, sculptures of eighteen divine damsels stand on a semicircular pedestal. Further from the temple has Nagarkhana (drum chamber). The outer wall shrine is broken at oblique angles as in the Nilanga Hemadpanti temple. By the south door of the temple is a DevgiriYadav inscription of Sinhadev in Devnagari dated Sala 1335 (A.D. 1213) granting the village of Khandaleshwar in Miraj for the worship of Kopeshwar.

Khidrapur is on the bank of river Krishna at Taluka Shirol of Kolhapur. It was built in 11-12 century by Shilahara dynasty. There is S.T route of Kolhapur, Sangli & Ichalkaranji.From Himalayas Lord Shiva has made a stay on account of migration. Beside the river on Yedur village Father-in-law of Shiva had performed Hawan. But he failed to call his son-in-law. Hence the name of Kop- Marathi Kope means anger. Since, the famous temple called as Kopeshwar. There is also temple of Virbhadra on yedur. The temple of Kopeshwar is built glorious. There is carving of 95 elephants on 4-5 feet. The King of Devgiri Singhandev II on 22nd April 1213 renovated the temple. There is also carving of Gods & Goddess on the temple. There is no pinnacle of temple sanctum.
Nearest Places : Kolhapur(80 km), Nrusinhawadi (15 km)
 

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