The town of Mhaswad is well-known for the temple of Lord Siddhanath who is considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Siddhanath is a patron god of the adjacent regions. He is worshiped as one of the regional protective gods or Kshetrapal deities in Maharashtra. Siddhanath Temple is situated in the Mhaswad town of Satara district, Maharashtra. The temple of Lord ‘Siddhanath’ was built in the 12th century. The temple houses Idols of Lord Siddhanath and Jogubai which represents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is a marvelous temple. The architecture of Siddhanath Temple attracts thousands of devotees.
The historical temple of Lord Siddhnath was built around 150 years ago. Siddhanath Temple lies on the Satara-Solapur road and is about 80 km east of Satara. Mhaswad town stands on the bank of Manganaga river. In the ancient era, this region was ruled by Mane, a Maratha Kshatriya clan. The Manes were Noblemen under Sultanates as well as Mughals. Hence, they were considered as pillars of Maratha Empire. Sardar Nagoji Mane was one of the popular rulers of Mhaswad. He was an ally of Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj. Sardar Subhanji Mane, the son of Nagoji Mane, had fought in the battle of Panipat against Abdali. Lord Siddhanath is a family deity of Marathas.
Festivals and Celebrations:
Jatra festival of Lord Shri Siddhanath is celebrated every year by the locals. During this festival, a chariot of Lord Siddhanath is taken around the town by the devotees. Lord Shri Siddhanath Rath Yatra is celebrated on a large scale where lakhs of devotees from all over Maharashtra comes to Mhaswad to witness this event.
How To Reach:
By Road: The Mhaswad town has good road connectivity with major cities of Maharashtra. MSRTC city bus services, Auto-rickshaws, and Taxis are available to access the temple.
By Air: The closest airport is located at Kolhapur (133 km).
By Train: Karad (79 km) Satara (85 km) and Sangli (99 km) are nearby railheads to Mhaswad.