Kolhapur: A goddess, a namesake, and a city

Last weekend, MK and I took a whirlwind trip to Kolhapur and back—this historic city seems to grow on us every year. There’s not much to say about it except for the fact that we went, we prayed, we saw, we ate, and we slept. And how.

That’s how:

Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur
Temple art, Mahalaxmi, Kolhapur
Flower market, Mahalaxmi, Kolhapur
Faith on sale, Mahalaxmi, Kolhapur
Lotuses, Flower market, Mahalaxmi
Kewra, Flower market, Mahalaxmi
Mini Chappals, Chappal Lane (yes, would you believe it?), Kolhapur
Glass Bangles, Kolhapur
Turmeric and Vermillion, and everything in between; Kolhapur
Opal restaurant’s famous taambda rassa (hot red curry), paandhra rassa (spiced, fragrant, white curry), chicken masala, and lamb with jwarichi bhakri (peasant style pearl millet bread); Kolhapur. Sin
The Namesake: Shady soda brand with one’s own sophisticated name; refreshments stall, Kolhapur
Fried and puffed: Bhel ingredients, Rankala Lake, Kolhapur
Not really bhel: with red chili powder, a green chili, and myriad “farsaan,” a concoction of pure excitement; Rankala Lake, Kolhapur.
Pinwheel seller, Rankala lake, Kolhapur.
Sigh. Why did it get over so soon?

Comments (9)

  1. SJ July 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    East of west India is the best! So much colour so much happening!

  2. Saee Koranne-Khandekar July 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Yes, this was one of those instances when husband and self compromised on narcissism and clicked only the city. :p

  3. mandar talvekar July 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    awesome. i have been to kolhapur only twice but have loved the place. and all the food 🙂
    btw if you loved the tambda and pandhra rassa, you should make a beeline to Panhala and the Dhandel Khanaval. And next time try the misal at Chowgre — near the temple (ask any of the locals for directions — yup that famous).

  4. Saee Koranne-Khandekar July 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Mandy! Panhala happened last year, but I didn't know about this Khanaval. Next time, I'll make sure I go. And for the misal. 🙂

  5. Anjali July 31, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Now Saee..you make me want to visit Kolhapur…had been there a long time ago…

  6. evolvingtastes August 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, gorgeous photos!

    Saee, thanks for visiting my blog and posting your comments. I had been too busy to respond, but finally, catching up a bit. Right back at you about the lovely blog and writing. Great job.

  7. Preeti June 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Saee…you make me homesick yaar….I lived in Kolhapur for some time..our appartments were by Rankala and I visited Ambabai almost everyday as I used to walk to my college through the mandir:)
    Khup khup chan vatle tujhe post vachun…bhartat kiti chaan chaan ranga ahet…miss them all…

  8. Gruhkhoj February 18, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Hi, your blog is interesting and having eye catching posts …. ,

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