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Mahabaleshwar History

Mahableshwar is one of the ancient and renowned places in Maharashtra, India.  The Krishnamai temple is the oldest temple from Vaai-Mahableshwar region.  The tribal people residing in this area are mainly shepherds and farmers.  The word Mahableshwar has been originated from the word Mamleshwar which means “God of Mavalas” who is none but Lord Shiva.


In the history of Mahabaleshwar, the name of Colonel Lodwick is written in golden letters. Mahabaleshwar owes a lot to this British who is believed to have 'discovered' this lovely hill station and brought a considerable amount of focus to it. The history of Mahabaleshwar dates back to 1215 when King Singhan of Deogiri visited it. The entire area flourished during 1350 when it was taken over by a Brahmin dynasty. During 16th century, Mahabaleshwar was captured by the Maratha family of Chandarao More who gifted the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple. In 1656, it was the great Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who after defeating Jaoli built the famous Pratapgarh Fort. Then came the turn of the Peshwas who ruled this place till the year 1819 and after that Mahabaleshwar got included in the territory of the Raja of Satara.


Home to the fresh, ripe red, delicious strawberries, Mahabaleshwar, the "strawberry country" is crowned with miles of strawberry farmes which is a delightful view for any tourist. The essence of this hill station lies in its strawberry farms which occupies about 1500 acres of land. Although this small town has gone through so much disorder and conflict, it had never been brought to the ground by any of the Rulers. Its beauty has been maintained and improved at every stage of its life. Its rich history has even helped develop its culture and its prestige, its one of the attractive hill station in India.