Posted by : Prashant March 1, 2012
Fairs and Festivals of Kolhapur
Kolhapur known for its rich culture and traditions celebrates several festivals with much pomp and show. Along with major national festivals like Diwali, Dussera, Holi etc the city of Kolhapur hosts many other festivals and cultural events with much fanfare. Celebrated at the famous temple of Kolhapur Mahalakshami Mandir, Kiran Utsav (festival) is one of the most prominent festivals of Kolhapur. Mahalakshami Mandir is the most sacred temple of the city and is the venue of many other important religious events. The festival of Navratri witnesses the lakhs of devotees thronging to the temple of Mahalakshami to pay homage to the goddess. Jyotiba Yatra is a major fair held at nearby hill of Panhala in Kolhapur. The fair is attended by thousands of pilgrims from across the state. Festival of Ganesh is another major festival celebrated on wide scale in the city.
Other than these religious festivals and fairs Kolhapur also hosts many other cultural events like Kolhapur Rankala Mahotsav, Boat Roving competition and wrestling competitions. Celebration of Rankala Mahotsav includes stage performance by many distinguished artists. The festival also witnesses many other cultural events and shows displaying arts and talents. Kolhapur also hosts another interesting event of boat racing in Panchganga and Krishna rivers. As the Kolhapur is famous for its wrestling sport, the city witnesses many wrestling competitions round the year.