Kopeshwar Temple is at Khidrapur, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. It is at the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka It is also accessible from Sangli as well. It was built in the 12th century by Shilahara king Gandaraditya between 1109 and 1178 CE. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is to the east of Kolhapur, ancient & artistic on the bank of the Krishna river.
Legend / Local stories
As the ancient story goes : ‘ Sati ‘ the beloved wife of Lord Shiva went to her father’s place to attend the Yagnya along with Nandi. Her father’ Daksha Parajapati ‘ insulted her & used bad words for Lord Shiva. Humiliated ‘Sati ‘ jumped in the Yagnya fire and ended her life. Lord Shiva got very angry when he heard this news & he created Virbhadra the demon from his hairs & asked him to destroy Prajapati’s yagnya. Lord Shiva was very angry at the death of his beloved wife ‘ Sati ‘, so the name derived is ‘Kopeshwar Mahadev’. Due to his anger the whole world started shaking & was at the verge of destruction.
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Khidrapur, Maharashtra 416108