Harihareshwar temple, the main attraction of Harihareshwar apart from the Harihareshwar beach, from a tourist perspective, is quite a simple structure with traditional tiled roofing. There is a small garden on the left as one enters the temple complex. The Harihareshwar temple complex opens up to a long stretch of beach to its north where the shorter 'pradakshina marg' culminates.
History of 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.
To Do in Harihareshwar
There are many things that one can do in Harihareshwar
Located close to the Yogeshwari temple within the temple complex, it is customary to pay respects at the Kal Bhairav temple before visiting the Harihareshwar temple.
Order of Worship at Harihareshwar
Tradition dictates that one first worship at the Kalbhairav temple, then at Harihareshwar, does a one and a half circumambulation around the shrines, including worships at the Ganapati and Nandi and then complete the prayers at the Kalbhairav temple.
The 'pradakshina marg' around the Harihareshwar temple is one of the most interesting part of the temple. The 'pradakshina marg' starts off right behind the temple with about sixty steps before the 140 narrow steps cut in the cliff down to the sea. The trail goes around the cliff over a natural rock platform with the roaring sea just by the side and comes back in front of the temple. Check with locals about the tide before attempting the 'pradakshina'