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Temples In Ratnagiri

Swayambhu Ganapati Temple- Situated in Ganapatipule and 21 km from Ratnagiri on the way to "Purna Gad" is the well-known Ganapati temple. Nestled in the green location, the Swayambhu (Swayambhu means self-made , this is a temple of the self-originated idol, Ganapati) Ganapati temple is almost 4000 year old as the village gets its name Ganapatipule by the lord Ganesh of the "ganas" or army and "pule" which means sand dunes. Ganapatipule is one of the "Ashta Ganapatis" (eight Ganapatis) of India and is known as "Paschim Dwar Dewata" (the Western Sentinel God). The beautiful temple is made of one massive rock that beholds your sight like nothing else. The temple is flocked by people from all over the country, and the number of devotes multiply during the Ganesh festival when the place is more beautifully endowed.

Parashuram Temple- The famous Parashuram temple is located near Ganapatipule is immortal; it is assured that Lord stays at Mahendragiri & goes at Himalaya for austerity. From years together, the devotees of Lord Parashuram visit this place & experience blissful life.
The Koli community believes in lord Parashuram as their protector & hence before sailing into sea for the first time on every "Ashadhi Ekadashi" kolis worship lord Parashuram. Every year on "Aashadhi Ekadashi" many spiritual activities like "Harinam Sankirtan" are performed by devotees.

Lord Parashuram is considered as the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. During his incarnation as lord Parashuram, he has protected common human beings from devils. He has created the beautiful land of Konkan by reclaiming the sea. The deity installed in the temple is made 300 years back. There is a "Hanuman" temple within the promises of Parashuram temple. This temple is constructed by "Samarth Ramdas Swami" when he was here at Parashuram with Ch. Shivaji Maharaj. Also there are so many other small temples of Lord Ganesha, Ganga Devi etc. There is a waterfall also besides the temple.
Shiv Srishti- Located at Derwan, 85 km from Ganapatipule is well known for its Shiv Srishti (an exhibition on Chhatrapati Shivaji).

Shri Bhairav Dev Temple- The ancient temple of Shri Bhairav was constructed by Gujar family members who were known as brave warriors like Chauhan, Rajput, Parmar and Rathod families from Rajashthan. During the attack by Mughals these families shifted towards the southern part of India. Out of these Gujar and Aangre settled down near to the west coast of India. After the death of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Sambhaji Maharaj (Son of Ch. Shivaji Maharaj) and Kanoji Angre s son Sekhoji (Sakharam) visited Ratnagiri fort and constructed a temple of Goddess Bhagawati. Five Gujar families settled down at Ratnagiri for their business and they had constructed the temple of God Bhairav and Lord Vitthal at Ratnagiri. This is being still proved by a printed copper plate at Lord Vitthal Temple at Ratnagiri. There is a home of Shri Kakasaheb Gujar in the premises of Shri Bhairav Temple.

Later the Sawant family members from Zadgaon became the administrators (Khot) of Ratnagiri who also happened to be devotes of God Bhairav. During their rule many festivals were organized in the Bhairav temple. In the year 1976, there was an authorized Trust named Shri Dev Bhairav, Jogeshwari, Navalai-Pawanai, Trunabindukeshwar Trust was formed which looked after the temple.

Swami Swaroopanand Temple- Located at 16 km at Pawas near Ratnagiri is the Swami Swaroopanand Samadhi temple which has gained much importance as a pilgrim place where thousands of people visit every year. The Samadhi temple was constructed in the memory of Shri Swami Swaroopanand who took Samadhi here on 15th August 1974.
The temple is very beautiful and you will have a feeling of intense satisfaction and peace as you are in the temple premises. Excellently managed by the managing committee and trustees, the temple provides daily Mahaprasad to the visiting devotees.

Lakshmi Keshav Temple- Located at 50 km away from Ratnagiri at Kolisare is the famous Lakshmi Keshav temple which is not only famous for its natural beauty but also famous from it spiritual point of view. The temple is Kuldaivat (Guardian God) for many Maharashtrian families. The temple is around 2000 feet in height from mean sea level. The deity of the Lakshmi Keshav is said to be more than 1200 years old managed by Rashtrakul family who was ruling over Marathwada region of Maharashtra. All the family members were devotees of Lord Vishnu and they had constructed many beautiful temples. After few years due to attacks of Mughals, many deities were immersed into the water for protection. Such one deity is immersed into the Rankal Lake near Kolhapur. The same deity is installed at Lakshmi Keshav Temple at Kolisare. This ceremony took place in 1510. The deity is the example of rich ancient Indian sculpture. The height of the deity is around 5 feet with all the ornaments and weapons.

Shiva Temple- Situated around 170 km away from Ratnagiri at Velneshwar is the old Shiva temple which is frequented by pilgrims and tourists. The whole place is a mystic aura around in the presence of the master mystic, Lord Shiva.

Dakshinmukhi Maruti Temple- The Dakshinmukhi Maruti temple in Ratnagiri city is one of the very few temples of south facing Maruti. This temple was built by Swami Samarth Ramdas and later renovated by Shivaji Maharaj.
Kankaditya Temple- Located at Kasheli at a distance of 30 km from Ratnagiri is the temple with a bright historical background and the deity of God Aditya (one of the names of God Sun) was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple 800 years ago. A great devotee of God Sun, Kanaka, was living at Kasheli. She got the enlightened from God Sun about the deity. Then she had formally constructed a small temple of Aditya with the help of villagers, hence the temple is known as Kanakaditya. The cave is called as "Devachi Kholi" (God s room).

Marleshwar Temple- This temple is situated 60 km from Ganapatipule and is famous for its Shiva idol and waterfall. Shri Kshetra Marleshwar is a Swayambhu temple of Shankar and is situated among high mountains and cliffs. The whole area is very beautiful and lots of people come here. The Marleshwar temple is in a natural cave and further down from the cave there is a beautiful waterfall known as Dhareshwar . The water drops down from a height of 200 feet and the view is very beautiful. The whole area is covered with dense forest and is a favorite spot for tourists.



More info on the city

Ratnagiri is city located on the western coast of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The city has many forests, beaches and forts, which attract many tourists from all over Maharashtra. Ratnagiri was once an administrative capital and port of the Muslim Kingdom of Bijapur. Ratnagiri came under the reign of the Satara kings in 1731, but later the British Empire took over in 1818.--

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