Jyotiba Temple {ज्योतिबा मंदिर} Nr Wadi Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Jyotiba Temple (Marathi: ज्योतिबा) is a holy site of Hinduism near Wadi Ratnagiri [1] in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra state in western India. The deity of the temple is known by the same name, and is held by the locals to be an incarnation of three gods: Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesha, and Jamadagni.[2] An annual fair takes place on the full moon night of the Hindu months of Chaitra and Vaishakha.

Jyotiba temple is situated at a height of 3124 feet above sea level the is dedicated to Jyotiba (Dattatreya). The temple is 18 km north-west of Kolhapur.[1] According to the tradition, the original Kedareshwar temple was built by Navji Saya. In 1730, Ranoji Shinde built the present temple in its place. This shrine is 57 ft x 37 ft x 77 ft high including the spire. The second temple of Kedareshwar is 49 ft x 22 ft x 89 ft high. This shrine was constructed by Daulatrao Shinde in 1808. The third temple of Ramling is 13 ft x 13 ft x 40 ft high including its dome. This temple was constructed in circa 1780 by Malji Nilam Panhalkar.[3] The interior of the temple is ancient. There are other few temples and Light-towers in the premises.

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