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| Last Updated:: 13/09/2023

Dandoba Mahadev Cave Temple



Bhose is a village in Miraj taluka, Sangli district and is remarkable for a curious cave temple of Dandoba Mahadev. The temple is situated in the hills to the south−east of the village about fifty−eight feet from the summit of a point rising about 365.76 metres (1200 feet) above the level of the spur.


The spur on which the hill stands branches due south from the Khanapur plateau, and the cave temple on it faces east. The ascent from Bhose is easy by “the elephant path", a track cleared by the Patvardhans for their elephants.


A flat platform leads, to the temple doorway which is cut rectangularly out of the rock. There is no door or any framework for one. Immediately inside is a hole made in the rock above, which lets light in the whole cave except the image−chamber which is artificially walled off from the rest.


The chamber roof is quite flat and there are no benches at the sides. Inside the door a space has been walled up, leaving recesses between the wall and sides of the cave. At right angles to this is a wall right across the cave, with a door which leads to a hall or mandap.


Immediately in front of this door are two stone figures of a man and woman called Bahule with Marathi inscriptions below them. Inside the mandap extends the whole width of the cave above the centre of the mandap is a masonry structure forming the image−chamber. A door leads into the chamber which contains a stone lingam on: pedestal about four feet high railed off by a cross bar to prevent worshippers coming too close and overcrowding.


Five feet wide passage is left round the chamber. This is ordinarily used for the holy circuit or pradaksina. The rest of the mandap is taken up with masonry arches made to give a nave and side aisles. In front of the door of the image−chamber is a small stone nandi, and to its right is an eight handed image of Bhavani and close by it is a slab in the Middle West pillar which is carved in front with Kanarese inscription. Next the north−west pillar is another stone image of Virbhadra, a little smaller in size than the Devi.


About 200 to 300 people gather on each Monday of Shravana or July−August to worship the deity.