Karthikeya Temple is situated in the interiors of the famous and magnificent Rajpuri Caves ,in the Panchgani region of Mahabaleshwar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Karthikeya. Lord Karthikeya is one of the sons of Lord Shiva. He is also fondly called as Lord Muruga. The presence of this temple has been immensely contributed to the religious significance of the Rajouri caves in the cultural history of India. The Calm and peaceful atmosphere around the temple is most supposed to have a soothing effect on the worshipper’s soul and makes it a perfect destination for people seeking peace of mind. The spiritual atmosphere enhances the beauty of this place even more. The architecture of the temple is strikingly beautiful and clearly showcases the architectural excellence of that period. It is one of the ancient and most important shrines of India which is being visited by number of pilgrims every year.
Thaipooyam is the most celebrated festival of Lord Karthikeya. Goddess Parvathi is said to have blessed Lord Karthikeya with the mighty Spear, to defeat Surapadman on this day. This festival is celebrated here with great joy and enthusiasm. Thaipooyam falls in the months of January and February during which thousands of worshippers throng this temple to celebrate this joyous occasion.
Pilgrims from across the nation, come here to offer their prayers to the almighty and seek his divine blessings for wellness of their family.
Major international airport is Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International airport that is connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Lohegaon, Pune airport is another nearest airport.
Pune Junction is the nearest major railway station, and is well connected to all cities in India.
Rajapuri is well connected by Maharashtra State Road Transport public bus services. Regular bus services are available from Pune.
Pincode – 412804.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Forgiveness for past deeds
- Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars
- Good Health
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM