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This can be a day trip from Pune but best if you can make it overnight.

Narsobawadi (Wadi) is located in Kolhapur district on the banks of river Krishna. Narsobawadi gets its name from the presence of ‘Shri Narasimha Saraswati‘, the Purna Avatar of Lord Dattatreya. With a lot of archaeological value this became a major pilgrim spot for many Shri Dattatrey devotee.

It takes about 5 hours to reach Wadi from Pune. You will have to take the route Pune->Satara->Karad->Sangali->Wadi.  The temple is very old and as it is located on the banks of Krishna river, you get a great view. In monsoon, the temple submerges into the river  but the administration office of the temple, shifts the paduka of “Shri Narshima Saraswati” to a safe place. After visiting the temple, we had a nice lunch at “Soman Uphar Graha”. It is very small place but the food is quite delicious.

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After Wadi, we went to Kolhapur.  Prior to India’s Independence, Kolhapur was a nineteen gun salute princely state ruled by the Bhosale Chhatrapati (Bhosale royal clan) of the Maratha EmpireThe Mahalaxmi temple belongs architecturally to the Chalukya empire and was first built in the 7th century.  Mounted on a stone platform, the image of the four armed and crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Shri Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The temple is really beautiful and you can see carving which are very very old. ( around 1300 years).

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