Harihareshwar Temple is located at Harihareshwar town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is an ancient Shiva temple. As per evidence, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had visited the temple.
Harihareshwar Temple’s structure as we see it today was built later in 1723 by Bajirao Peshwa 1. Harihareshwar was the kuldaivat of Peshwas, Maratha king of Maharashtra. There are two temples within the complex; one is that of Kalbairav, devotees are expected to visit this temple first and the second one is the main shrine of Harihareshwar. The place is one of the most famous tourist attractions because of its beautiful serene sea shore.
The most stunning part of the temple complex is the Pradakshina Marg or the circumambulatory path around the temple. The Pradakshina path has been beautifully sculpted around the temple, with ups and downs. Devotees can witness the diversity of flora and fauna of the place. Chirping of birds and gentle soothing breeze from the sea enhances the sensual experience. Some part of the Pradakshina path is also within the sea. During high tides, it is difficult and dangerous to move on this path. However, when the tide is low the wet stones under the bare feet impart incomparable sensitivity. On one side is the sea, while on the other side is the stone wall with patterns of cut rock. Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit. Pradakshina path is an inevitable component of the temple.
Parikrama or Pradakshina is a clockwise circumambulation of sacred entities. Pradakshina path is usually built in the temple plan. However it is also an independently a course of pilgrimage. The most appropriate example is that of Narmada Parikrama. Ayodhya parikrama Girnar parikrama and many others are equally important and famous in India. A barefoot walk on Pradakshina path has spiritual value.