A popular temple town with a lot of mythical significance, Wai is an great getaway spot in Mumbai. Not only is it a great spot to enjoy some scenic beauty, it is a great stop-over to other destinations like Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Home to more than 100 temples, it is rightly known as the ‘Dakshin Kashi’ of the state. That’s not all; in fact the beautiful locales of Wai has also attracted many film makers, who have shot their films in this region as well.
Situated 35 kilometres, north of Satara, Wai has nearly 100 temples that make it a great destination for history buff, architects and devotees. Most of the temple in this region follow the Hemadpanthi style of architecture, which is a technique that uses huge stone slabs without mortar. Further, these types of temple make use of stucco, lime-made sculptures and paintings. The most famous temple in Wai is the Dholya Ganapati Temple, also known as the Maha Ganapati Temple, which is present on the river Krishna on Ganapati Aali Ghat. Built by Ganpatrao Bhikaji Raste in 1762, it is extremely popular for design and impressive grandeur.
Wai is also called Viraatnagari, it is believed that the Pandavas resided with the King Viraat of Wai when they had been exiled. In addition, it was also an important centre for business and commerce with traders heading towards the port of Konkan and cities of Satara and Narasimha. There are two temples at Dhomeshwar and Narasimha, which witness a lot of crowds during religious occasions.