Around Harihareshwar

There is lots to see and experience around Harihareshwar during a long holiday. Suvarnadurg shipping which operates ferries across Bagmandala creek to the south of Harihareswar and the Dighi creek to the north of it has really opened up Harihareshwar and its sightseeing options nearby.

Harihareshwar lies at the southern tip of Raigad district and a ferry across the Bagmandala creek gets one entry into the Ratnagiri district famous for its temples sandy beaches and sea forts. The major temples across Bagmandala creek one would be interested in visiting during a trip to Harihareshwar are the Mahalaxmi mandir at Kelshi, Bargavram temple at Ade and Kadyavarcha Ganpati temple at Anjarle.

Murud Janjira

Sightseeing around Harihareshwar

Mahalaxmi Mandir -Kelshi

Mahalakshmi temple is located in Kelshi about 30 kms from Harihareshwar. Mahalakshmi temple was built during the Peshwa regime and the idol is believed to be swayambhu with a powerful diety. The temple also has the idols of Lord Ganpati and Lord Shiva. This temple is located at the base of the Utambare hill. Near the temple is Yakub Baba Dargah and is believed that the darshan of Mahalakshmi is incomplete without a visit to the dargah.

Bhargavram temple complex

One of the two Parashuram temples in Konkan, the other being the one in Chiplun, Shree Bhargavram temple is located in Ade approximately 10 kilometers from Anjarle. Shree Bhargavram temple complex with five temples each of which faces east is located between Kelshi and Ade . Along with the main temple of Shree Bhargavram, this complex also houses the temples of Shiva, Renuka, Hanuman, Ganesh, Vetal and Shani.

Kadyavarcha Ganpati - Anjarle

Built in 1150 and later renovated during 1768 to 1780 Kadyavarcha Ganpati or Ganesh temple built atop a hill invokes deep religious fervour amongst its devotees. The idol of the diety "Ujwya Sondecha Ganpati" is a rarity with its trunk turned towards its right side. There is a Shiva temple located just next to the Ganpati temple. The temple is located in Anjarle ahead of Harnai about 25 kms from Dapoli at a vantage point offering a panoramic view.

Murud Janjira The Formidable Fortress

Murud Janjira

50 kilometers north of Harihareshwar is Dighi port from where one could visit the formidable fortress of Murud janjira. Murud Janjira the sea fortress built on an island 500m off Murud, has the distiction of never being defeated in a war despite numerous attempts by the British and the Marathas even after repeated attempts.

History

One of the few forts which eluded Shivaji Maharaj even after repeated attempts Murud Janjira is still one of the most well preserved sea forts in Maharashtra. Believed to be one of the strongest sea forts in India from yester years Murud Janjira Fort was built on an oval-shaped rock in the 15th century and was rebuilt by Burhan Khan between 1567 and 1571

Visit Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira has 19 rounded bastions which are all still intact. There are prominent "Ashok Chakras" on all major gates of the fort. Murud Janjira located in mid sea amazingly has a fresh water source within. Murud Janjira can be approached from Dighi wharf by wind powered sail boats. Ferry to Murud Janjira is available around the year but for the monsoons.

Diveagar Beach

Diveagar beach located about 40 kms from Harihareshwar is a nice sightseeing option near Harihareshwar especially if you couple it with a trip to Murud Janjira and make it a one day excurssion from Harihareshwar.

A beach that shot up in popularity after a serendipitous discovery of a golden mask of the elephant god Ganesha, Diveagar, is a prosperous village located at one end of the triple Raigad beaches. Although the mask unfortunately was stolen from the 'Suvarna Ganesh' temple in 2012 the popularity of Diveagar beach did not diminish thanks to the beautiful beach that no one can steal!

Rupnarayan Temple believed to be built in the thirteen century and recently reconstructed is located on the way to the Diveagar beach.

Rupnarayan Temple - Diveagar