Beed, Bir, Bhir, or Bid, is a tiny district in central Maharashtra. Like many small towns in India, Beed boasts of a rich history. Among the well-known structures, shrines and monuments that contribute to Beed's history, the most significant is Kankaleshwar Temple.
Kankaleshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is said to be Beed’s oldest shrine dating back to the 13th century. It was built roughly 100 years after the city was founded (Beed’s origins are still unknown).
Rising dramatically from the centre of a lake, Kankaleshwar’s black stone pillars have stood the test of time well. The temple is adorned with beautiful sculptures of deities, in a style resembling that of the world famous Ellora Caves.
The temple is eloquently brought to life by devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri.
Beed has a diverse history that is reflected in the town’s fort walls, monuments, wells, and religious shrines.