Balinge (Karvir, T. 16° 40' N, 74° 10' E; p.
638), a village, lies five miles south of Kolhapur. Its chief
interest is the temple of Katyayani, prettily placed on a hill to
the south of the village. The temple is an old stone building 40' x
20' x 12' high. The goddess Katyayani is held in great honour by the
Hindus and is mentioned in the Karavir or Kolhapur Puran as the
great helper of Ambabai. The Katyayani stream which rises in this
hill is the main feeder of the Kolhapur water works. The importance
of the shrine and the beauty of the temple site make Balinge a
favourite picnic place for the people of Kolhapur.