This lake is constructed by Shree Chatrpati Shahu Maharaj. It is know as chowpati of Kolhapur. During 750-850 AD Formerly, this was an extensive mine of black stone. During 800-900 AD, there were earthquakes, which transformed the mine into this huge lake.
Mahalakshmi goddess is mentioned in many Puranas. The idol of the Devi is made of precious stone, weighing about 40 Kgs. This throws lighton its ancientness. The form resembles the out-side of Shiva-Ling. It is standing on a stone square, in which Hirak & Sand are found. A lion stands behind. At the middle, there is a natural "Padma-Ragini" (Lotus). The idol is four handed bearing a cane sword & shield. Down the right hand holds "Mhalung" (A kind of fruit) and the left holds dish of "Pan". There is a crown on head, which is overshadowed by Sheshani (Mythological Cobra with hood, the bed of lord Vishnu). This temple is five thousand years old which is reaserched.
Rankala Lake is surely a must visit place in Kolhapur.
It is believed to be linked directly to a well in Panhala Fort which Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have crossed.It is surrounded by chowpati, other gardens and pathway. The area surrounding the lake has been converted into a garden where people sell Bhel-Puri , Ragda Patis & Various Mouth Watering Snacks like Roasted Corns etc.
In the earthquake which took place sometime in 9th century ,water started accumulating in this quarry due to opening of an underground source. This accumulated water is today’s famous Rankala Lake.
Towards the north side of this lake there is Hotel Shalani Palace which makes the scene of this lake more beautiful.
If you want to enjoy true kolhapur food................ pandhra rassa, tambda rassa, fried mutton and lots more than this is the perfect joint. Belive me taste of lamb in kolhapur is very different and best. You will get unlimited pandhra rassa and tambda rassa with the thali.
Favorite Dish: Fried mutton plate, it cost me Rs 90.00
Crunchy chiwada, spicy bhakarwadi and the most famous missal and tehcha (chutney) are scrumptious enough to tantalise your taste buds. As for meals a plate full of Bhakari and Jhunkha can be perfect.
Kolhapur thus promises to be a treasure trove of some of the best rustic memories you can quickly pack away smilingly and at the same time smell the rustiness of Maharashtra’s pride too.
Favorite Dish: Crunchy chiwada,spicy bhakarwadi ,most famous missal and tehcha ,Chutney,Bhakari
Kolhapuri Chappals, artificial jewellery—especially the Kolhapuri Saaz (necklace) and beautiful handicrafts are the best souvenirs you can take back from this place. Even the phetas (turbans) and sarees are a special shopping delight. Kolhapur is famous commercially for handicrafted footwear! Commonly called Kolhapuri chappal found in almost all cities now, known for durability and antiquity
What to buy: Kolhapuri Chappals,artificial jewellery,Kolhapuri Saaz
What to pay: minimum You can
gues who was on flight next to me when returning back from kolhapur.none other than baba ramdeo.yoga expert godman ayurveda expert dubbed by some as a quack controversial yet still popular.