Nagpur is a revelation in itself; so many spots to visit within the city and outside as well. Its strategic position in the exact central zone of India or its Zero Mile marker makes it a palpable tourist spot with historic lineage dating back to the Mughal and British period. Katol is an interesting tourist spot in Nagpur not so explored and hiding from the hustle bustle of the tourist magazines and travel sites. It is a small city and municipal council in the district of Nagpur and housed in the state of Maharashtra. Famous for being an orange cultivating region and lying within the orange belt in Nagpur, Katol is the administrative base of Katol Taluka.

Katol is quite renowned for being an ancient city which has been mentioned in the Mahabharata section of Ashwamedha yagna and Dvapar age during the reign of King Chandrahasa when it was known as Kuntalapur. Historic sites are abundant in Katol like the mud forts and the Hemadpanthi temples which are on a most recommended list for a traveller. Being one of the oldest Municipal Corporation to be formed in the British era of 1919, Katol is always a cotton producer besides being an orange cultivation belt. During the Navratra, the famous Saraswati fair in Katol is attended by thousands of visitors from neighbouring districts.

Famour Mata Ansuya Temple in Katol

Places to see in Katol

Katol can be visited on a visit to Nagpur city and there are indeed quite a few places for sightseeing in the area. Chandika Devi temple located in Basti region of Katol is believed to have been constructed by King Chandrahasa. The architecture of the temple is exquisite belonging to the group of Hemadpanthi style. The idol of the goddess is crafted out of black stone and is a beauty in itself. At the entrance of the temple are two statuettes serving as the escorts of goddess Chandika. The entire temple premise and interior is carved with miniature idols of gods and goddesses along with animals, human beings and other sculptures. The temple comes alive with vibrant hues and devotees thronging the premises during Navratra and Durga Puja in the months of October.

Sharada Mandir which houses the idols of both gods and goddesses is known as Swayambhu is a relic dating centuries back with other shivlingas in the temple premises, other than idols of Lord Ganesha and the architecture is magnificent. With tombs of three individuals inside the temple complex, the temple entertains a lot of visitors during Shivratri and Sharadotsav and Navratra.

Adjacent to the Sharada Mandir is the famous Shiv Mandir or temple of Lord Shiva housing a papal tree, a water tank and a hillock. The surroundings of the temple are an ideal picnic spot for tourists and neighbouring residents of Katol. The Shiva idol or shivlinga is adorned with brass plaque which enhances the appearance of the idol manifold. The temple also houses an idol of Ganapati with exquisite architecture and a mandap which is utilized to sing paean and kirtans to the god.

Katol might not be holding out a lot of promise and adventure for a tourist, yet it is no less promising as an unexplored spot within Nagpur city.
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