RATNADURGA FORT

पुराणकथेप्रमाणे भगवती देवीने रत्नासुराचा वध केला होता. त्यामुळे त्या देवीला रत्नेश्वरी असे म्हणत. त्यावरून रत्नागिरी हे नाव पडले. काहींच्या मते रतनगिरी या साधूंच्या वास्तव्यामुळे रत्नागिरी हे नाव प्राप्त झाले. कथा काहीही असो, रत्नागिरी हे नाव सर्वार्थाने सार्थ आहे हे नक्की. काही लोकांच्या मते वनवासामध्ये पांडवांनी तेराव्या वर्षी रत्नागिरी परिसरात वास्तव्य केले होते. नंतरच्या काळात येथील राजा वीरव्रत याने कुरुक्षेत्रातील लढाईत कौरवांविरुद्ध पांडवांना मदत केली होती.

हा किल्ला तिन्ही बाजूंनी अरबी समुद्राने वेढलेला आहे. किल्ल्यावर भगवती देवीचे मंदिर असल्याने त्याला भगवती किल्ला असेही म्हणतात. शिलाहार राजा भोजदेव याने हा किल्ला बांधला. त्यानंतर तो विजापूरचा सरदार पोत्तु चेन्ना रेड्डी याच्या ताब्यात गेला व त्याने थोडी-फार दुरुस्ती केली. इ. स. १६७०मध्ये छत्रपती शिवाजीमहाराजांनी किल्ला ताब्यात घेऊन त्याची दुरुस्ती केली. किल्ल्याचे क्षेत्रफळ १२० एकर असून, २७ बुरुज आहेत. किल्ल्यावर भगवती देवीचे देऊळ, तसेच रतनगिरी महाराजांची समाधी आहे. गाडी किल्ल्यावर जाते.

किल्ल्यावर दीपस्तंभही आहे. सरखेल कान्होजी आंग्रे यांचे पुत्र सेखोजी आंग्रे यांनी सन १७३१मध्ये भगवती देवीचे मंदिर बांधले. भगवती देवी कोल्हापूरच्या अंबाबाईची बहीण मानली जाते. सन १९४०मध्ये भागोजीशेठ कीर यांनी मंदिराचा जीर्णोद्धार केला. येथे ४० फूट लांबीची सागवानाची गलबतावर लागणारी डोलकाठी बघण्यास मिळते. मंदिराजवळ किल्ल्यात भुयारे आहेत. तसेच डिसेंबर २०१७मध्ये या किल्ल्याच्या तळाशी असलेल्या गुहेचा शोधही लागला आहे. येथील

समुद्रावरून येणारे वारे अंगावर घेणे एक सुखद अनुभव आहे.

The fort is also known as Ratnagad or Bhagavati fort. This horse shoe shaped fort has an area of 1300 x 1000 mts. On the side of the sea, the fort has a broken cliff at the bottom of which is a cave. There is a light house on the other side that guides the ships up to 15 kms.

The fort was built during the Bahamani period. Later, it was conquered by Adilshah that in turn was won by Lord Shivaji in 1670 from 1710 to 1755 it was kept by British and then upto 1810 it was under Peshwa’s possession. The queen of Jhansi has visited this fort in 1857 before the battle of Jhansi.

 

रत्नदुर्ग किल्ल्याचा दुसरा भाग म्हणे दीपगृह. किल्ल्याच्या उजवीकडचा उतार थेट कोळी वस्तीतून भगवती बंदराकडे जातो, तर डावीकडचा रस्ता थेट दीपगृहाकडे जातो. या रस्त्यावर डाव्या हाताला एका छोट्या घुमटीत रतनगिरी बाबांची समाधी आहे व त्यांच्यावरून या किल्ल्याला रत्नदुर्ग हे नाव पडले असावे असे स्थानिक सांगतात. या किल्ल्याला भेट दिल्यावर एखाद्या जाणकार बुजुर्गाला भेटल्याची अनुभूती आपल्याला येते

 

A small hill on the Ratnagiri seashore has divided the Ratnagiri shore in two parts. Ratnadurga, popularly known as Bhagavati fort, with area of 120 acres, is situated on this hill.The fort is surrounded by sea. chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won it in 1670 from Adilshah. The temple of Goddess Bhagavati is situated here. The beautiful sight of sun dipping into the sea is a must see for the tourists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5V7MGPhAmY

 

THIBAW PALACE

It is well known that the last Mughal King Bahadur Shah Zafar was packed off to Rangoon as a prisoner by the British after the revolt of 1857, and he died there. But did you know this was almost a quid pro quo, the last king of Burma, king Thibaw spent his last, equally dismal years as a political prisoner in Ratnagiri, in Maharashtra.

Last King of Burma… King Thibaw

One of the major attractions of Ratnagiri city situated on a small hillock. There is also a best sunset point from here. One can have a panoramic view of Someshwar creek, Bhatye bridge to pawas and Arabian sea. This palace was used for keeping the King Thibaw, last king of Burma (now Myanmar) under house arrest. Thibaw ruled the Burma for 6 years.

Burma was partitioned from India in 1935. British took over the Burma kingdom and arrested king Thibaw. To keep him far away from his kingdom i.e. Burma he was kept under house arrest at  Ratnagiri. Though the king was under British rule, he was given legal rights and was treated with the state honors. King died at the age of 58 in Ratnagiri. His grand-grand daughter Tity was the last living heir of the king . She got married to a local resident Shankarrao Pawar.

The palace is a beautifully constructed three  storied structure with sloping roofs. Semi-circular wooden windows with beautiful curving are the main attraction of this structure. On the first floor one dancing hall with a fully marble tiles floor is in the palace. One Buddha idol is installed at the back side of the palace. This idol was brought to India by king Thibaw. Presently the palace is maintained by archaeological depth. The plans are a foot to convert the palace in to museum and providing  tourist accommodation there. Thibaw palace is best situated on a hillock and panoramic view from this point is  most enchanting. This is a point worth – visiting for Ratnagiri tourist.

 

थिबा राजवाडा, रत्नागिरी (Thiba Palace) ऐतिहासीक थिबा पॅलेस : रत्नागिरी शहरातील ‘थिबा राजवाडा’ ही भव्य ऐतिहासीक वास्तू पर्यटकांसाठी मोठे आकर्षण आहे. इंग्रजानी ब्रह्मदेशाच्या थिबा राजाला 1885 साली स्थानबद्ध करुन रत्नागिरीत आणले. त्याच्यासाठी सन 1910 साली हा तीन मजली पॅलेस इंग्रज सरकारने बांधला. या पॅलेसमध्ये थिबा राजा सन 1911 मध्ये राहण्यासाठी गेला. राजवाड्याच्या गच्चीवरून समुद्रकिनाऱ्याचा निसर्गरम्य परिसर दिसतो. मागच्या बाजूस राजाने ब्रह्मदेशातून आणलेली बुद्धाची मुर्ती आहे. याच भागात पुरातन वस्तुसंग्रहालय आहे. तळमजल्यावर प्राचीन मुर्त्या आणि वरच्या मजल्यावरील चित्रप्रदर्शन कलाप्रेमींसाठी विशेष आकर्षण आहे. सोमवार सोडून इतर दिवस हा पॅलेस पर्यटकांसाठी सायंकाळी 5 वाजेपर्यंत खुला असतो….. Click to Read More & The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G2qGozGk6Y

 

 

ANCIENT SHIV MANDIR – KARHATESHWAR, RATNAGIRI

The Karhateshwar temple is constructed by rulers of Silahara Dynasty who ruled in konkan region between 8th – 13th century. Ganapatipule is the famous destination for tourists as well as pilgrims and this temple is near from Ganapatupule, the konkan itself is called as God’s heaven and these destinations are no different, amazing sea shores, wonderful narrow roads, surrounded by trees always and such soothing environs. Karhateshwar is a must watch. I insist if you are in Ratnagiri then do visit this place, you will certainly feel that divinity. As of now, it is being said that due to the steel and power plant getting expanded a few meters away from this temple, the temple structure is getting weakened and insecure day by day, I hope government would pay attention and do something about it.

Shri Narayanbhau Jog, a Ramdasi, has described the place in following words:

Ekantsthali Ha Suramya Vilase Name Karhateshwar  | Paai Sagar Nitya Ha Vasatase Garjoniya Gambhir ||

एकांतस्थळी हा सुरम्य विलासे नाव काऱ्हाटेश्वर । पाणी सागर नित्य हा वसतसे गरजोनिया गंभीर ।।

कऱ्हाटेश्वर मंदिर | जयगड | रत्नागिरी | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFHd4ABdNEI

LAXMI KESHAV TEMPLE, KOLISARE

लक्ष्मी-केशव मूर्ती नेपाळमधील गंडकी नदीतल्या काळसर शाळीग्राम शिळेतून घडविली आहे. तिची उंची सुमारे पाच फूट आहे. विष्णूची मूर्ती चतुर्भुज असून, हातात शंख, चक्र , गदा, आणि पद्म आहेत. मूर्तीच्या भोवतीच्या प्रभावळीत दशावतार कोरले 

आहेत.

ही मूर्ती साधारण सन ७५० ते ९७३ या कालावधीतील असावी असा अंदाज आहे. त्या काळात महाराष्ट्रात राष्ट्रकूट घराण्याचे राज्य होते. तत्कालीन राज्यकर्त्यांनी अशा पद्धतीच्या मूर्ती घडवून घेतल्याआहेत.

मंदिरात लक्ष्मी-केशव मूर्तीची स्थापना सन १५१० मध्ये भानुप्रभू तेरेदेसाई यांच्या हस्ते झाली. भानुप्रभू हे बहामनी राज्यातील सैतवडे महालातील गावांचे महालकरी होते. मंदिराच्या परिसरात श्री रत्नेश्वर आणि मारुती मंदिरे आहेत.

Kolisare is not only famous for its natural beauty but also famous from Spiritual point of view. A renowned temple of Lord Lakshmi- Keshav is situated at Kolisare. Lakshmi- Keshav is Kuldaivat (Guardian God) for many Maharashtrain families. The temple is around at 2000 feet height from mean sea level. The deity of the Lakshmi- Keshav is having a long history. Before 1200 years ‘Rashtrakul’ family 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 Kolisare. This ceremony took place in the year 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.

A continuous spring of water is the prime attraction of the visitors. It is said that this spring water was daily delivered to Swaroopanand Swami at Pawas(Approx. 59 Km)

श्री लक्ष्मी केशव मंदिर ( कोळीसरे, रत्नागिरी) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTnHBdok6F8

 

PATIT PAWAN MANDIR

स्वातंत्र्यवीर विनायक दामोदर सावरकर सुमारे दोन वर्षांहून अधिक काळ रत्नागिरीत बंदीवान म्हणून होते. रत्नागिरी विशेष कारागृहातील ज्या कोठडीत सावरकर यांना बंदीवान म्हणून ठेवण्यात आले होती, ती कोठडी आज सावरकर स्मृती कक्ष म्हणून जतन करण्यात आली आहे. या स्मृतीकक्षाला दरवर्षी हजारो लोक भेट देऊन सावरकरांच्या जाज्वल्य देशभक्तीच्या प्रेरणेचा ठेवा आपल्यासोबत घेऊन जातात. अंदमान येथून 2 मे 1921 रोजी प्रथम अलीपूरच्या तुरुंगात काही दिवस राहिल्यानंतर स्वातंत्र्यवीर विनायक दामोदर सावरकर यांना रत्नागिरी विशेष कारागृहात ठेवण्यात आले होते. 16 मे 1921 ते 3 सप्टेंबर 1923 या कालावधीत ते बंदीवासात होते. सावरकर यांना बंदीवासात ठेवण्यात आलेली कोठडी अत्यंत लहान म्हणजे 6.5 फुट लांब व 8.5 फुट लांब रंदीची आहे. स्वातत्र्यवीर सावरकर यांच्या वास्तव्याने पुनित झालेल्या या कोठडीचे स्मृती कक्षात रुपांतर करण्यात आले आहे.

Patit Pawan Mandir is a Hindu temple in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India. It was built by Shriman Bhagojisheth Keer in 1931. The name speaks for itself. Patit in Marathi is the lowest, humblest, downtrodden man in the society. Pawan is purified, enlightened, awakened, fulfillment. The temple which transforms the downtrodden to the pure form, which restores his rights as a human being. The place where he (the untouchable, dalit) can perform the puja, worship his god as everyone else does. The entry of untouchables in a temple was unthinkable at that time. Even if the shadow of an untouchable fell on an upper caste man he would bathe again. Such was the social fabric of India and it was taken to advantage by the then British rule in India as the policy of Britishers was divide and rule. The caste system and discretion in the society was fully exploited by the British.

One man who saw this and thought that this was wrong and devoted a great part of his life to fight against it was VINAYAK DAMODAR SAWARKAR. By establishing the Patit Pawan Mandir in Ratnagiri he created a storm in the society.

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LOTESHWAR TEMPLE, RATNAGIRI

डुगवे येथील लोटेश्वर मंदिर रत्नागिरी पासून अगदी २२ Km अंतरावर “दुगावे” हे गाव आहे. या गाव मध्ये लोटेश्वर महादेवाचे मंदिर आहे. हे मंदिर एका नैसर्गिक दगडावर बांधलेले आहे. पावसाळ्यामध्ये पर्यटकांचे हे आवडते ठिकाण. रत्नागिरीत आल्यावर मंदिरात अवश्य जाऊन या (श्रावण महिना ह्या मंदिराला येणे सर्वात उत्कृष्ट)

You must have seen temples of various designs, architecture, art & culture and located at various places. But a temple that you are going to read about now is a different one. it is located on a huge rock. The rock itself is located in a stream of water.  What a marvel of the Nature!

The idol (i.e. Shankaraachee Pindee) is said to be naturally existing on the rock. The exact year in which this temple was built at this place is not known. The temple is located at the bottom of a valley. There are hills on three sides of the temple. From the fourth side, a stream of water approaches the temple. The stream originates from somewhere else. But the place appears like an opening of a cave. The rock, nearly 30 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter, is surrounded by water, for all 12 months of the year. In summer, the flow of water gets slowed down. But the hills on two sides remain ever green on account of forest. The third hill bears large plots of farms of the residents of the village Dugawe.

You can reach Dugawe village along Ratnagiri-Kurtade route. It is nearly 22 km away from Ratnagiri city. There is no direct bus service to this temple. We need to take a walk of about 15 minutes from the nearest bus-halt. From our Tonade village, we reach Dugawe within 45 minutes on foot. The local residents can reach there in less than 30 minutes, even after climbing up the steep, tiring up-hill footway.

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डुगवे येथील लोटेश्वर मंदिराचा रत्नागिरी पासून अगदी २२ Km अंतरावर “दुगावे” हे गाव आहे. या गाव मध्ये लोटेश्वर महादेवाचे मंदिर आहे. हे मंदिर एका नैसर्गिक दगडावर बांधलेले आहे. पावसाळ्यामध्ये पर्यटकांचे हे आवडते ठिकाण. रत्नागिरीत आल्यावर मंदिरात अवश्य जाऊन या (श्रावण महिना ह्या मंदिराला येणे सर्वात उत्कृष्ट)                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYeZBYZgbcA

SRI KANAKADITYA TEMPLE – RATNAGIRI

रत्नागिरी – आडीवरे – पूर्णगड या रस्त्यावरच कशेळी आहे. इ. स. १२९३ मध्ये अल्लाउद्दीन खिलजीने सौराष्ट्रावर हल्ला केला. प्रभासपट्टण या श्रीकृष्णाच्या राहण्याच्या ठिकाणी सूर्यमंदिरात वेगवेगळ्या आसनांवर बसलेल्या बारा सूर्यमूर्ती होत्या. हल्ला होणार अशी कुणकुण लागल्याने पुजार्‍याने दक्षिणेकडे जाणार्‍या एका व्यापार्‍याच्या गलबतावर मूर्ती चढवल्या. काही मूर्ती घेऊन तो दक्षिणेकडे निघाला. ते गलबत कशेळीजवळ समुद्रकिनार्‍याजवळ अडकले. त्याने त्यातील एक मूर्ती गुहेत आणून ठेवली. नंतर जहाज पुढे गेले. गुहेतील ही मूर्ती लोकांनी किनार्‍यावरून गावात आणली. तेथे हे मंदिर उभे केले. तेच येथील कनकादित्य मंदिर होय.

There are only few temples of God Sun. Hindu philosophers and believers consider Sun as a God. There is an ancient Sun temple at Prabhas Pattan near Veraval in Sourashtra region. One can find some Sun temples in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), Konark, Orisa and Nepal

Kasheli, a very small village in Rajapur Taluka of Ratnagiri district, is the prime attraction for devotees due to a famous and ancient temple of Sri. Kanakaditya (Name of Sun God). Kasheli is at a distance of approximately 30 kms from both Ratnagiri and Rajapur. The temple is having a bright historical background. The deity of God Aditya (one of the names of God Sun) was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple before 800 years. Prabhas Pattan is Lord Krishna’s place. There are so many legends about the temple. Once one boatman was traveling from Veraval port towards South direction. The deity of Aditya was there in the same boat. When the boat was passing through the Kasheli region, the boat had stopped automatically. The boatman tried a lot to sail the boat into the sea. But he failed to do so. Then he has decided to place the deity of God Aditya at the Kaseli port. He had placed the deity into a black cave (approximately 400 sq. feet). Immediately after this, the boat had got the motion for sailing. A great devotee of God Sun, Kanaka, was living at Kasheli. She got the enlightment 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).

 

Sri. Kanakaditya is very famous spiritual place from Ratnagiri district. Many devotees from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Amaravati, Belgum, Hubali, Dharwad, Ujjain, Gwailor, Indore are visiting the temple every year. The temple trustees are celebrating five days festival of Ratha-saptami every year. Many spiritual programs like Kirtan, Pravachan, Aarati, Palakhi etc are organized during the festival period.

King Shilahar of Panhalgad (a hill fort) had donated kasheli village to Shri. Govind Bhat Bagawat in the service of Brahmins. Govind Bhat was the worshiper of Kanakaditya deity. Progeny of Govind Bhat are the current care takers of the temple

This video gives an overview of the story of the Sun Temple, Kanakaditya Temple situated in a village called Kasheli, Ratnagiri dist. Maharashtra, INDIA. (This is a mass-media student project) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdWZEMtokP8

 

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DISCOVERING THE UNDISCOVERED KONKAN – ABOUT KONKAN

Konkan has 720 km. Long sea face extending from Dahanu 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 Malvan, 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

Districts In Konkan Region

Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Thane

Places Of Interest In Thane District

Vajreshwari, Ganeshpuri, Kelve beach, Akoli, Jawhar, Dahanu, Kosbad, Tansa, Vaitarna, Malshejghat, MalangGad, Shahad, Ambernath, Titwala, Mahalaxmi, Suryamal, Lonad.

Places Of Interest In Raigad District

Raigad, Mahad, Alibag, Sav, Murud Janjira, Kihim Beach, Matheran, Unhere, Mahad, Kankeshwar, Diveagar, Shivtharghal, Khadsamble, Pali, Harihareshwar, Gharapuri, Kuda, Ambivli, Thanale.

Places Of Interest In Ratnagiri District

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

Places Of Interest In Sindhudurg District

Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg, Banda, Redi, Shiroda, Amboli, Tarkarli, Malvan, Vengurla, Saitwade, Ozhar, Kunkeshwar, Danoli, Valawal, Mangaon, Vengurla.

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