Information about Kaneri Math
I always tell my friends and colleagues to visit Kaneri Math with family whenever you visit Kolhapur district. If you don’t have time to visit any place in Kolhapur then at least find some time and do visit Kaneri math. A must visit place near to Kolhapur with family and friends.
The main tourist attraction is Kaneri math and in Kaneri math there is “Siddhagiri Museum” but don’t get misguided by the word Museum because the Museum has got very rich cultural Maharashtra heritage which is portrayed in wax models. You will also see large Desi cow goshala where you will India’s best breed cow.
There is also a residential school in the Kaneri math and worth to visit and see how children are nurtured and trained.
Don’t forget to pick pure herbal, Ayurvedic and organic products while returning from the Kaneri math though you will find the prices at a higher level but they are worth because personally I bought them and tasted.
See the basic introduction video
Kaneri Math Siddhagiri Museum
The museum specifically designed to showcases different aspects of Gramjivan (village life) of Maharastra. Gram means village and jivan mean life in the Marathi language. This initiative was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and was created through the vision and efforts of Siddhagiri Gurukul Foundation.
The history of self-sufficient village life in Maharashtra, before the invasion of the Mughals, is represented in the form of cement sculptures and each sculpture is lifelike and represents activities performed in daily village life. The museum is spread over 7 acres and the surrounding is beautiful with lush greenery.
Every aspect of village life has been shown in almost 80 scenes that showcase more than 300 statues.
There are lots of cultural rich wax statues to see, you can search by “Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum” in google and go for images section and you can see lots of wax statue.
Shiva temple at Kaneri Math
The museum has an old Shiva temple on the grounds. It is related to the Inchegeri Sampradaya, to which Nisargadatta Maharaj belongs. It is believed that a Shivling was installed by a Lingayat Priest on a beautiful hill in the 14th century. About 500 years ago, a Lingayat Priest, Shree Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj, developed and renovated it, and hence the place is now known by his name. The temple includes a 125 feet (38 m)-deep well, a 42 feet (13 m) Shiva idol, and a large Nandi bull.
Siddhagiri Hospital and Research center
Honestly speaking I have not visited this hospital but came to know from various resources that the hospital provides very low charge treatment and also do major surgeries. The hospital is also having an Ayurvedic center for a lot of basic human health alignments.
Watch how the Siddhagiri Hospital is carrying our major surgeries with very low charges
How to reach Kaneri Math
Kaneri Math is just 13 km away from Kolhapur city but if you are coming from Satara, Pune or Mumbai then you even don’t have to go to Kolhapur city you can continue On NH4 then pass Kolhapur and drive approximately 10 km and reach Gokul Shirgaon Exit, take right and follow the signs for Siddhagiri Museum (another 5 – 6 km) or you can ask anyone near Gokul Shirgaon.
The entry fees for Kanheri math is free but inside there are tickets for a museum, 7D theatre etc.
If you are Karnataka like Belgavi then the Kaneri math is before Kolhapur city. You need to reach Gokul Shirgaon