Kole Jwala Narasimha temple is located in Watwa which is bit away from Sangli, Kole Narasinghpur, Maharashtra. The of Lord Narsimha in Kole Narsimhapur idol is made of shaligram. The place has the same importance as Multan (Pakistan) and is the biggest Shaligram idol in the world. Kole Jwala Narasimha is located in Kole Narasinghpur, Maharashtra. Earlier the name of Satara city was Saptarishi. Sangli was the previous Southern Satara. The place where Rishi Vashishtha came down to live is the current Vasota fort. The residence of Brug rishi is the current village Bhuinj. The residence of Parashar rishi is the Panhala fort. Earlier it was called Parashar Gad. The residence of Dhaumya Rishi is the current Dhom. Dhomya rishi had narrated Ramayana to the Pandavas here.The Virat Nagari of Mahabharata is nothing but Vai. The place where Balaram and Krishna were given guidance by Parashuram is Mahuli. The avatar of Narasimha although happened originally in Multan, Lord Narasimha had come to the Krishna river to soothe his anger. Krishna river itself was “Vishnurupi” and therefore He found peace there.
The current Narsinghpur is the Jwala thirtha of Krisha river. It was here that Parashar the father of Ved Vyas did penance. The Idol that emerged out of his mediation had fire flames emitting from its mouth and therefore it was immersed in the Krishna River. After some years, King Bhim, encouraged by an enlightening dream fallen to a Brahmin, took the Idol out and placed it for worship. Earlier this place was the ashram of Parashar rishi. Subsequently Siddheshwar Maharaj came to this place. There existed a Math of Parashar Rishi at Buvachi Saundati which after years got destroyed. The Goddess at Saundhati is Sugandha Devi who is no one but Satyavati mother of Vyas Rishi. Parashar was known also as Buva. The union of Parashar and Satyavati happened in fog filled Patra of the Krishna river. There exists a temple now.” Manj” means Fog .The village Manjiri got its name as was called by Satyavati. Out of the ancient folk , religious stories emerge the geographical truth.
Plans are to create a Math in the name of Parashar rishi in this pious and holy place was called Narasinghpur and also to renovate it.
The main sanctuary of the Sri Jwala Nrsimha temple is underground. Devotees reach it by descending nine steps. Along the way is the shrine of the goddess Mahalaxmi. The underground sanctuary is accessible from the northeast entrance. There are several additional entrances to the temple grounds.
Kole Narsimhapur Jwala Narasimha History:
Narsimha idol was found by king Bhimdev of Kundinyapur and was later installed by him in A.D.178. “Yadusheth” the 6th predator of saint Namdev came from his original place ‘Rile’ & lived here for worshipping god upto his 4 to 5 generations & left the place before birth of saint Namdev in A.D.1124. Temple(shrine) built up by Hemadri Pant by order of Ramdevray Yadav Devgiri A.D. 1273. About this place mentioned in shree gurucharitra in 15th adhyaya . Samartha Ramdas swami visited this place in A.D. 1662 & did prayer over here. Land was gifted by Badshaha Adilshaha for lord narsimha temple in A.D.1726. “Darshana” of selfmanifested idol of lord was given to sage Parasher, father of Vedvyas before Mahabharat period in A.D 5561.
Sangli Kole Narsimhapur Jwala Narasimha Address:
Kole Narsinhpur Temple,
Walwa District, Sangli,
Maharashtra – 415409.
Phone: 02342 235 324