About the Temple
Shri Kaleshwar temple is nestled in Nerur village, in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The temple has been constructed to consecrate the village deity, Shri Kaleshwar, who is also known as Kaloba. Shri Kaleshwar is the Gram Devta of Nerur and is considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Kaleshwar temple is revered in nearby regions of Nerur and is greatly worshipped by people of all religions. The temple is named Kaleshwar due to the presence of black idol of Lord Shiva. This temple is extremely famous for its Maha Shivaratri celebrations which are carried out at a grand level. People of all sects participate in the festival. Adjacent to Kaleshwar temple is a temple of snake Goddess, Devi Sater.
Temple History and Temple Legend
As per a local legend, around 700 - 800 years ago, in 1500 AD, a natural Shiva Lingam buried under the ground was recovered, which has an emblem of Lord Shiva. In those days, the area around this temple was a dense forest. A cow used to pour her milk on a particular spot in the forest. Once, a Priest noticed this, and he dug out that spot and a Shiv Lingam was found. A temple was erected on the similar spot and lingam was enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum. Shiv Lingam is placed on a square shaped platform which is known as Shalunka. Shiv linga and Shalunka, both are black coloured. There is a water vessel through which water is poured on the Shiv Linga. Nobody knows the place at which this offered water seeps down. A stone idol of Ganesh is seen in this temple along with an image of Karkotak Nag (Nagdevta). An idol of Nandi, the bull has been installed in front of the temple entrance. The temple has five storied chariots at the North end.
Festivals and Celebrations
The important festival celebration in this temple is Maha Shivratri. The festival of Maha Shivratri lasts for five days. On the day of Maha Shivratri, the idol of Kaleshwar is drawn out in its chariot. Apart from this, a fair is organised near the temple, and devotees from far and nearby area visit this temple to become a part of the grand celebrations. The festivals of Navratri, Diwali and Maghi Ganesh Utsav are also celebrated in Shri Kaleshwar Temple.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Nerur is Dabolim airport of Goa which is about 111 km away.
By Train: Kudal is the closest railway station. Hire auto or ST bus from Kudal to reach Nerur.
By Road: Kudal can be reached via Mumbai – Goa (NH-17) road. Take Kudal- Nerur road which is around 7 km away from Kudal.