yamai devi is sister of lord jyotiba. yamai devi is kul-devi of many maharashtrian families. as per popular legend when a child is born then yamai devi writes the destiny of the child with in five days of birth.
lord jyotiba is also kul-devata of many maharashtrian families. as per legend, lord jyotiba is an incarnation of three gods: brahma, vishnu, mahesha, and jamadagni.
it is said that goddess mahalaxmi of kolhapur (one of the 51 shakti peeth temple) and lord jyotiba called her as “ye mai” (in marathi) which means “come mother” in english. so she is known as yamai devi.
after visiting lord jyotiba temple in kolhapur district, it is must to visit yamai devi temple and then only the yatra or darshan is considered complete.
yamai devi temple lies wadi ratnagiri near kolhapur. the temple is situated on a hill with a very beautiful and silent surrounding. it is about 18 km north-west of kolhapur. so you can easily visit mahalaxmi temple in kolhapur, jyotiba temple and yamai devi temple in one day.
yamai devi temple is there in kolhapur and in aundh district of maharashta. in this post, i am sharing the photos of yamai devi temple which is in kolhapur, close to lord jyotiba temple.
yamai devi temple in kolhapur:
the temple is situated on a hill surrounded by lush green mountains.
jyotibha temple and yamai devi temple are close by. one plaza garden separates the two temple. you have to climb down the stairs from the road next to plaza garden. there will be around 70-100 small steps leading to temple complex. the above photo of yamai devi temple complex is taken while climbing down the steps.
big banyan tree in the temple complex
as you enter inside the temple, you see these bowls.
yamai devi idol in the temple
when you do parikarma of the temple then you will see these statues in the temple wall.
pond next to yamai devi temple