The ancient Parashuram Temple is situated near the town of Chiplun on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway. Famous for the 6th incarnation of Vishnu, the temple is resplendent with fabulous architectural beauty, which incorporates both the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.
The steps from the Ghat lead straight to the temple premises. The main temple structure is surrounded by stone walls and houses three elaborate idols inside the temple. It was built around 300 years ago by Brahmendra Swami. It is believed that since Parashuram created Konkan land, also known as Parashuram Bhumi, he is also automatically the presiding deity of the Konkan region.
There is a temple of Goddess Renuka behind the Parashuram Temple. It is believed that Parashuram s powerful five arrows created the primary water source here, which officially goes by the name Bandganga Lake. The houses from the Adilshah Period can also be seen in the region. The temple was constructed by the Portuguese and the funds for its construction were provided by Janjirekar & Siddhi. So, essentially, European, Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture are noticed in the construction work.
Places to see nearby: Dervan
- Jaygad Fort
- Maldoli Crocodile Safari