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Kondeshwar Temple Kamshet

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Kondeshwar Temple near Kamshet, the spectacular resting place of Lord Shiva since the 12th century, still beckons the nature lovers of Pune and Mumbai.


Set adroitly in the lush greenery of Kamshet hills, the three-tier waterfall behind the temple bewitches one and all. The ST bus from Kamshet station to Jambhivali village takes about an hour to get you there, from where it is about a 45-minute pleasant walk to this picturesque destination.

Neither a very steep climb nor descent, a healthy walk along the paddy fields takes you to the resting place of Lord Shiva, aptly known as Kondeshwar because of the waterfall in the rear. The waters of a stream form a 3-tier waterfall by flowing from one kund to another, hence the name.

Kondeshwar Temple  Kamshet

The water flowing from one kund to another

A sheer poetry

Kondeshwar in the monsoons is sheer poetry. There is a steady downpour all the time. The streams from the hills cascade into the valley and the trek to the spot is dotted with terda, the local name for the pink flowers used to adorn goddess Gauri. The chirping of the birds in the wild woods is like music to the ears and the hazy environs add to the magic.

To enjoy this place to the fullest, soak yourself in the streams or get a wet hydro-massage under one of the waterfalls. You will find many on the way, but the 3-tier waterfall right behind the shrine is the perfect spot to do so.  Also, walk in the lonely woods singing those silly love songs, and when you are tired and sodden, relish the typical village-style food cooked by the locals. You won’t find any eateries around, but the villagers would gladly cook for you on prior request. They would also gladly deliver it at the temple.

Things to do

There is not much to do when you are at Kondeshwar, apart from being an element of the romantic ambiance. The trekking buffs can walk their way up to the historic Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts of Rajmachi. If you have the expertise, you can summit the Dhak Bahiri pinnacle – it is risky in monsoons though. And if you are the indolent types, who prefer lazing around, you could just gaze at the beautiful temple decked with carvings.

Temple architecture

The temple of Kondeshwar exists since the 12th century. This is evident from the strikingly carved transom and the sculptures scattered all around. Surprisingly there are 2 nandis (bulls) and a deepmaal (a stone tower to hold lighted lamps) guarding the entrance. The temple has two parts. The outer hall or the sabha mandap as the locals call it, is huge enough to accommodate around a hundred people. The ghabhara or sanctorum houses the shivlinga.

Kondeshwar, for long, has been the prime deity for the villagers in Jambhivali. They survive on the rich paddy harvest the land offers, leading to a happy and contented life. They rejoice during the harvesting season and present the grains to Lord Kondeshwar as offerings. Every Monday and on Mahashivratri, the villagers mob at the temple for a darshan. Locals celebrate a festival on all Mondays in the month of Shravan.

Kondeshwar Temple  Kamshet

Waterfall behind the temple

A lot in nothingness

Kondeshwar Temple near Kamshet has not much to offer. But still, there is a lot in that nothingness for a nature lover. As one leaves behind the ‘civilized world’ to approach this unmarked destination, the pure earth calls out to you. You make your way out with a catch in your throat. You pray may soon return to this blissful state and retune your vibrations in synch with nature.

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