Places to visit
History of Shrivardhan for over 200 years is decorated with
magnificent tales of Maratha warriors and their hunting
efforts to preserve the “Hindavi-Swaraj”. The renowned
Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath was born here and was later
preferred as the First Peshwa by the Maratha Ruler
Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj. The Peshwa’s continued to rule the
Maratha kingdom on behalf of the kings for over a century
till the British overcame them.
Shrivardhan has a nice atmosphere with
unpolluted air and a blue sea. The beach is a clean beach
and a nice place to spend an evenings watching the sunset.
Shrivardhan is a sleepy town a about 165 kms from Pune. It
is very beautiful as is the case of most of the Konkan
beaches. A vacation in Shrivardhan and for that matter
If we talk about Gods and Temples can miracles be left
behind. Enter the exceptional Somaja Devi Mandir (Temple)
where despite of the unbelievable claim of "Venom
Neutralisation" it is pretty common to see serpentine queues
of snake bite victims requesting the Goddess to extract the
venom from them body and heal them. Tall claims, one may
think but the confidence, faith and conviction with which
the victims pray and undertake the arduous Pradakshinaas/
Dandvat (Circumventing the temple lying flat on stomach) is
to be seen to be believed. There are stories abound of how
patients rejected by pronounced Doctors have been
miraculously cured by the blessings of Goddess Somaja.
The route to spiritualism goes through many doors and as we
leave the Somaja Devi Temple we encounter the Shankar
Temple. This ancient Mahadev (Shankar) Mandir is devoted to
Lord Shiva and his Goddess wife Parvati.
The temple bores an ancient look and is believed to be as
old as Srivardhan. The royal Bull Nandi guards his master
inside by blocking the entrance to the temple. The idols of
the Lord, his wife Parvati and Nandi the bull are
It is believed that anybody fasting and praying for all the
4 consecutive Mondays during Shravan Month (Hindu Calendar
Month) would be blessed by the Godly couple and would have
the fortune of even witnessing them in flesh and blood. The
temple is primeval of Pandav era.
In South of Shrivardhan
One of the best features of this place is that it combines your religious and rejuvenating trip at the same time – that is, this place is known for its temple along the seashore. It also boasts of silent and clean beaches with shallow waters. The temple is situated near these hills and it consists of idols of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Maheshwara. It was in the 16th century that these temples were constructed. It also consists of idol of Goddess Parvati. There are other temples in the vicinity too. These temples are of Shri Kalbhairav and Shri Yogeshwari.
It is one of the ancient
renowned temples in Maharashtra. The main deity enshrines
the temple is Lord Shiva. Kalabhairava, a lord of all
manthrasastras, is also placed as one of the idols. Legends
associated with the temple say that Lord Shiva created
Kalabhairava and blessed him with all manthras.
The architectural style of the temple is attractive. Temple
Yogeshwari known as Dakshin Kashi is located in the
premises. In most of the special occasions like
Mahashivarathri, one can view long queues for Darshan. Cool
breeze from the Harihareshwar beach makes the temple
premises a nice place to relax as well.