The city of Kolhapur is situated at 387km distance from Mumbai. The legends are that the city derived its name from ‘Kolhasur’, a demon who was killed by the Goddess Laxmi after years of cruelly oppressing the defenseless people. Delimited by the mighty mountain ranges of Sahyadri near the banks of holy Panganga River, and playing a host to bountiful of royal palaces, monumental forts, ancient temples, Kolhapur exhibits a perfect mix of history and magnificence. Marathi is the local lingo of the state, but, English and Hindi are also massively spoken. Today, the city has become a fore-runner in manufacturing engineering products, textiles and refined sugar.
Theology and Culture
Kolhapur shows a unique amalgamation of cultures, religions, food, beliefs and traditions. The majority of dwellers from the rustic and urban areas are the followers of Hinduism. The people are devoted towards the festivals such as Shree Mahalakshmi Kiranotsav, Gudi Padwa, Jyotiba Yatra, Holi, Kolhapur Rankala Mahotsav and others, the processions of which are carried with much fanfare. Other major festivals like Holi, Diwali, Christmas and Eid are celebrated with equal vigor and enthusiasm. The dance forms like the Lavani, Povadas, and Tamasha are famous here. The Kolhapuri Chappals, jewelry and garments speak volumes about the intricate Kolhapuri craftsmanship. The Kolhapuri Misai Pav, Pithala Bhakri, Mutton Dry and many other non-vegetarian cuisines forms the specialty of the city.
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