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Mahalakshmi Temple
The temple is situated at the foot of the Utambar hill, at the southern end of the village. It faces north and was built during the Peshwa period. Here is a pilgrim's rest house (dharmashala) which also houses the Ganapati and Pindi of Lord Shankar. There is a well and a pond and both have steps leading up to the water's edge. The lotuses floating on the water are a very pleasing sight. The temple has a fortification 8-10 feet high and a music gallery (nagaarkhana) on top of the main gate. There are 2 spires or domes, one over the Assembly Hall. Three doors lead to the Assembly hall. The temple looks pretty situated as it is at the base of a thickly forested hill called Utambar.

A big fair is held here during May (shuddha ashtamai to Poornima) which is well known through out Maharashtra. Navaratra is also celebrated during which period there are a number of programmes like Kirtan, rathyatra (chariot procession), Gondhal etc. The whole village, irrespective of religion, participates. It is said that vows made at the Ambabai temple, Kolhapur can be redeemed here.

DARGAH OF YAKUB BABA
This historically very famous Dargah is located about a kilometer from the Mahalakshmi Temple. Its full name is "Hazart Yakub Baba Sarawari Rahimatullah Dargah." And it is about 400 years old. In 1618 Yakub Baba came here from Hyderabad (Sindh) via Bankot. Sahulat Khan, a boy of ten accompanied him. A Gujar (Gujarathi merchant) Hirji Goraji helped Yakub Baba financially to cross the creek. Yakub Baba stayed at Kelashi and performed many miracles. At some places his name is also spelled as "Yakut".

Shivaji Maharaj, while preparing for his attack on Dabhol met Baba who advised Shivaji not to proceed at that time. But, since all preparations were complete, Maharaj went ahead. Unfortunately, Shivaji's ships were caught in a storm and the expedition had to be cancelled. Shivaji met Yakub Baba again and the Baba gave Shivaji a date on which the attack should be launched. Shivaji listened to this advice and his efforts were crowned with great success. So impressed was Shivaji that he expressed his desire to build a dargah there. The construction of the building was started by Shivaji and completed by Sambhaji. 534 acres of land was allotted to the shrine for its upkeep. Legend has it that the construction work was delayed because the Baba did not want a roof over his head! As per some local references Shivaji Maharaj 2-3 times Sambhaji Maharaj 2 times and Bajirao (I) once visited this dargaha.

Yakub Baba died in 1681. A big fair (Urus) is held here every year on 6th December. The honour of inaugurating the fair goes to a Hindu. Thousands of Hindu and Muslim devotees visit this place during the fair. The religious harmony of those times can be seen from the fact that a Hindu king respected a Muslim saint and inauguration of this fair (Urus) is held by a Hindu community.

There is another, smaller dargah of Dhokar Sheikh nearby.

Sand Hill
One of the main attractions of Kelshi is a naturally formed sand dune due to the Tsunami. Located on the southern side of the Bharja river, this sand deposit has been accurately dated to September 1524. Experts and archeologists are carrying out research for samples of ancient culture underneath this dune. Some ancient artefacts are found underneath the hill. Children love to play here, using the slope as a slide.



Khadap
The Kelashi beach is about three kilometers long. There are a large number of cypress, kevada, coconut and betel nut trees. The rocky part is called Khadap in local Marathi. It is a kind of treasure trove, shells of all types, cones and many other interesting objects can be found here. One can see Suvarnadurga of Harnai from the black stones.



Ashapurak Siddhivinayak
The Ganapati Temple, located at the mouth of the Paranjape lane is a very good example of the Peshwe period architecture. It is also known as the Pandhara (White) Ganapati. The whole complex is surrounded by 8-10 feet high wall, almost a fortification. There is a water tank with lotus (Pushkarni) excavated in black rock and a memorial temple (Samadhi). The Ganapati festival in the month of Magh (February-march) is celebrated in a traditional fashion.

- Information Courtesy 'Konkan, The Unseen Paradise' by Parag Pimpale


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