Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TEMPLES IN RATNAGIRI - PART 2

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PAWAS :

Besides its natural beauty and serenity, Pawas achieved prominence when Swami Swaroopanand (a spiritual leader who influenced an entire generation of Maharashtrians) had made it his abode. The place where he used to reside is now converted into an ashram. A visit there is still like a journey through time. Following the great saint Dnyaneshwari tradition Swami Swaroopanand too tried to spread his teachings in the cannon people. Now due to Swami Swaropanandas work Pawas has become a major place of tourist attraction. He made a new big family of devotees all over Maharashtra by chanting the Mantra 'Om Ram Krishna Hari'. He stayed here for a period of 40 years. Pawas is now one of the important holy places of Konkan. Samadhi of Swami Swaroopanand is there in the Pawas & also temple has been built for his devotees. The special variety of eatables of Konkan like 'Fanaspoli', Ambapoli, Amras & other different Konkani items are available to the tourists at a very reasonable rate. Near Swaroopanandas Samadhi on the Avala tree lord Ganesh Statue has appeared. People definately visit this place & also the house 'Anant Niwas' where Swami Swaroopananda stayed. It is 20 km. from Ratnagiri.

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TEMPLES IN RATNAGIRI DISTRICT -Part 1

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GANAPATIPULE:

Ganpatipule is situated along the western coast of Maharashtra 375 km south of Mumbai, along the Konkan coast. Ganapatipule is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan coast - an idyllic gateway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. The temple of swayambhu (self-originated) Ganesh is much frequented by thousands every year. The God is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta (western sentinal god of India), and those who visit Ganapatipule, make it a point to pay their respect to this great deity. Aside from its clean beach and clear waters, Ganapatipule is rich in flora, including mangroves and coconut palms. Here, you can leave the hectic world behind as you laze around on golden sands or explore the many trails that lead from the beach.water sport facility available (except during monsoon).
This is the land of Ganpatipule, one of Maharashtra's almost virgin beaches. It is idyllic. It is famous not only because of its blue water and white sand, but for Swayambhu Ganpati Temple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati). It is flooded by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. The beach here is still natural and pristine as ever. Sparkling blue waters, endless stretches of golden or silver sand, a cool breeze whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Ganpatipule is a small town. According to local folklore, the Hindu god -Ganpati, taking umbrage by a remark made by a native lady, moved to Pulé (a few km ahead of the town) from his original abode of Gulé. Thus the region was named Ganpati-pulé. 400 years old Ganpati idol at Ganpatipule is said to have sprung up from the soil. This deity faces the West, so as to guard the western gates, unlike deities in other Indian temples who face the east. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PLACES OF INTEREST IN KANKAVALI & SAWANTWADI

kanchan athalye | Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Best Blogger Tips
KANKAVALI

Savdav Waterfall : This is monsoon waterfall .which is very attractive. It is very safe & seasonal tourist spot.

Phonda Ghat : It is another important link road between Kolhapur and Sindhudurg lengthing 14 kms. Dajipur is the wild life sanctuary which is famous for biasen.

Bhalchandra Maharaj Math : This monastery is situated in the middle of Kankavali city. This is fully crowded devotee place in all over Sindhudurg district , small but attractive temples are situated along side this memorial spot.

Gopuri Ashram Wagade : Appasaheb Patwardhan was called Gandhi of Konkan founded “Gopuri-Ashram” on the bank of river Gadhnadi. It was center of “Sarvodaya Movement”. He had successful experiments on poultry farm, wind
mill, oil mill, handicraft papers, easy cooker system, floor grinder, gobargas plant, medicinal trees plantation.


SAWANTWADI

Amboli Hill : Amboli is a hill station near Sawantwadi . It is quite but pleasant hill resort. It is 690 mtrs above sea level. The area is surrounded with dense forest and sea view point offers you panoramic view of a good part of konkan coast. It is 26 k.m far from Sawantwadi and 539 k.m from Mumbai. There is a big Marvelous Waterfall (30 Mtrs Hight) 1.5 K.m. away from Amboli. Most of the young lot take bath under pouring water. In summer, weather condition is pleasant and cool. Hiranyakeshi, Kawalesad point, Nangartas water fall, Mahadevgad point, Shirgaonkar point etc. are very attractive & beautiful points in Amboli Hill Station.

Hiranyakeshi, Amboli :
Scenic place of worship dedicated to Lord Shiva where pilgrims gather in large numbers during Mahashivratri. The Hiranykeshi river originates from mountain rock and flows down from this place. You can spend hours angling for fish in its proceedings stream. 5.5 Km away from Amboli.

Nangartas Water Fall : For waterfall lovers this roaring beauty is just 9 k.m. away. When you arrive at this fall walk cautiously at the edge of the drop off. Stand on the erected platform for viewers and let your eyes follow the sound of
falling water into the cavity.


Amboli Water Falls : Amboli is a hill station near Sawantwadi . It is quite but pleasant hill resort. It is 690 mtrs above sea level. The area is surrounded with dense forest and sea view point offers you panoramic view of a good part of konkan coast. It is 26 k.m far from Sawantwadi and 539 k.m from Mumbai. There is a big Marvelous Waterfall (30 Mtrs Hight) 1.5 K.m. away from Amboli. Most of the young lot take bath under pouring water. In summer, weather condition is pleasant and cool. Hiranyakeshi, Kawalesad point, Nangartas water fall, Mahadevgad point, Shirgaonkar point etc. are very attractive & beautiful points in Amboli Hill Station.


Sawantwadi Palace:
Sawantwadi was ruled by Khemsawant and this beautiful palace was built by King Khemsawant- Bhosle(3rd) in 1800 A.D., where tourist can see ‘Ganjifa’ traditional art of paintng which is more than 300 yrs. Old. Lake (Moti Talav) in front of the palace is spot for boating. The palace was built by Khem Sawant Bhosale
ruler of princely state Sunderwadi during 1755-1803. Entry gate (Lester gate) was built in 1895.

Shilpgram, Sawantwadi & Wooden Toys : Wooden Toys: Toys are made from “Pangera” tree, famous for its lightness. These colourful toys is an imported traditional art at Chitar ali.These toys are very famous in all over maharashtra.

Moti Lake : Moti means pearl and this lake is a Pearl in the cap of picturesque town Sawantwadi it reside in enchanting landscape formed by the pleasing green hills all around baoting facilty is available in the lake. Sawantwadi town situated at the periphery of Moti talav is an unique example of peripheral city of India.

Narendra Dongar : It is situated in forest land having a very diverse forest. Good sunrise and sunset point.

Manohar-Santoshgad Fort: These two steep rock forts of Shivapur has tableland of considerable size on the top. A narrow valley separates two fort heads

Aronda Kiranpani Back Water : On the border of Maharashtra & Goa state in terekhol river at Aronda-Kiranpani the beautiful Back Water is there.
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Monday, June 28, 2010

DISTRICTS IN KONKAN - RATNAGIRI

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RATNAGIRI DISTRICT

Places of interest:


Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Harne, Guhagar, Dervan, Kelshi, Ganpatipule, Pawas, Hedvi, Rajapur, Rajapur, Malgund, Parshuram, Velneshwar, Dabhol, Marleshwar.
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ABOUT KONKAN

kanchan athalye | Monday, June 28, 2010 | Best Blogger Tips

PARADISE LOST TO PARADISE REGAIN

Konkan has 720 km. Long sea face extending from Dhanu and Bordi in the North up to Goa proceeding southwards. If you have liking for sand, sea and surf, this state has a great many interesting option in store. You could arrange trips or get away on a weekend. You could indulge in adventurous water sports or relax on golden sands. If you are interested in forts and their history konkan is the perfect place for your tour. It offers you a vast choice of majestic forts like Murud, Sindhudurg, Vijaydurg, Suvarnadurg, and many more .
There's so much you can do during beach holidays. Study temple and churches. Stroll through whispering coconut groves, hills and valleys. Look for tiny, picturesque villages. Acquaint yourself with different people and their lifestyle. Savor the flavor of konkan cuisine solkadhi, bangda, pomfret, curry, modak, rice, chapattis, dishes with jackfruit, kokam and the world famous alphonso mangoes.
Away from the pollution of cities, these towns offer a clean, calm and thoroughly refreshing environment, konkan is the only place in India, where you can observe the fall of the land right up to the sparkling sea.
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