Harihareshwar Temple Pradakshina Marg

The 'pradakshina marg' in Harihareshwar temple starts off right behind the temple with about sixty steps before the 140 narrow steps cut in the cliff down to the sea. The pradakshina marg 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. This trail cannot be followed during monsoons due to rough seas and the pradakshina marg remains closed during monsoons.

There are two different Pradakshina marg at Harihareshwar temple with one being considerably longer than the other. For the convenience of devotees there are signboards at the Harihareshwar temple directing one to the pradakshina marg.

Pradakshina Marg - Harihareshwar

Pradakshina Marg - Harihareshwar Temple

The < i>pradakshina marg at the Harhareshwar temple or the parikrama goes round the temple and crosses across the four hills near the Harihareshwar temple. The route is challenging, especially during high tides, when the sea water surges up, covering parts of the route, and making it impossible to complete the pradakshina. The temple is located on a hill, to start the pradakshina marg descends right towards the Arabian Sea. Gayatri Tirth, is the first teerth that can be seen on the right side. From there descend the 70 steps cut into the laterite rock that lead to the shore. Walk down Vishnugiri hill. Here one comes across Shuklateertha. Nearby there are a number of other teerthas (ponds) that are named in the Puranas

The sampoorna pradakshina or parikrama is the longer version of the Padakshina. This circuit also starts from the temple. First take the Bagamandala road. A little beyond, after a descent one sees a path at the end. This goes to the Parvati hill around which one reaches the MTDC Resort. On the way one sees below a small but beautiful beach. On the left is a beach and a dense clump of cypress trees. Across the Savitri creek one can see Himmatgad, the fort of Bankot. The MTDC resort is between the Parvati and Shiv hills. The hill on the right is Shiv hill or Shivachi Tekadi

On Shivachi tekdi there lies a narrow channel, approx 3 feet wide. This is called Ganesh Gully. At the end of the channel a Ganesh image is etched on the rock face. During high tides, the Ganesh is submerged in the sea water. It is visible only during low tides as the Ganesh is submerged in the sea. Nonetheless, the place is worth a visit even during high tides as it provides fantastic views of the sea.