Harihareshwar & Kalbhairav Darshan

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Harihareshwar is a village in Raigad district, in Maharashtra, India. The river Savitri enters the Arabian Sea near Harihareshwar. Harihareshwar temple with the main dieties as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is believed to be from the 16th century. Kuladaivat or the family deity of the Peshwas, Harihareshwar temple complex was renovated by them in 1723. The steps of the pradakshina marg around the temple was built by Chandrarao More. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has also visited the Harihareshwar temple complex in 1674.Harihareshwar Temple complex has two adjacent temples. The smaller Kalbhairav temple is expected to be visited first, before entering the main Harihareshwar temple housing an ancient Shiva Linga. A pradakshina route goes around the temple, along the sea shore. It is not advisable to go on this route during high tide. Harihareshwar is renowned tourist spot in Konkan for its temples and beaches. Moreover, it is said as Devbhumi or Temple Town.