Atibaleshwar madir, Mahabaleshwar

4.3
#6 of 7 in Historic Sites in Mahabaleshwar
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Often overlooked by tourists, Atibaleshwar madir remains a small and very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the temple was built on the request of two demons, Mahabal and Atibal, killed by Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. A large statue of sacred Nandi bull guards the entrance to the temple, located at the end of a narrow passageway between roadside shops. The temple remains part of a larger temple complex that includes three more shrines, and it was probably the first one built. Plan to visit Atibaleshwar madir during your Mahabaleshwar vacation using our convenient Mahabaleshwar online trip itinerary maker.
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  • Nice temple to visit. Takes time about 30 minutes to cover the place. Location is spacious & temple is made of old stone. There are couple of other temples nearby as well.  more »
  • It's a small mahadev temple near old mahableshwar. Panchganga, Atibaleshwar and old Mahabaleshwar are near by each other.  more »
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  • Nice place but no lights inside temple, need to be taken care
  • Atibaleshwar temple is located among the group of temples around Mahabaleshwar temple. It's a very old temple. There is a mythological story behind Mahabaleshwar as well as Atibaleshwar temple. It is said that there were two demons namely Mahabal and Atibal. They were very wicked and robustious. To get rid of them lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh was prayed and Vishnu killed Atibaleshwar and Shiv could not killed Mahabal as he was having the boon of will death i.e"ikschhamrityu". So Brahma called Mahamaya, who allure him of love and enticed him to death. He agreed but prayed that Gods should stay at that place by their names so that those two demons become immortal. He died and thus Shiv stayed there in the form of Mahabaleshwar, Vishnu as Atibaleshwar and Brahma as Koteshwar. Name of the city is also said to be derived from Mahabal. It's a small temple. The height of doors are low and there is full darkness inside the temple. You have to keep your torch on to see. Temple management should lit a bulb here for the convenience of devotees.
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