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|• Body||Gram Panchayat|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||SAWANTWADI, VENGURLA, SHIRODA|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Ratnagiri|
|Civic agency||Gram Panchayat|
Aronda is a village in the Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra state, India. Aronda is famous for cashew nuts, mangoes, jack fruit, Kokum, and rice. Aronda is a port on the boundary of Goa and Maharashtra. Aronda is next to Terekhol River, and has many ancient temples such as the Sateri Bhadrakali, Garudi temple, and Kulkar temple.
The original name of the village Aronda is Aravande. It is taught that the name Aravande is derived from Aravind, which means lotus. There is one lake between the Shri Sateri, Bhadrakali, and Ravalnath temples called Devtale. The myth goes that all Gods and Goddesses are taking bath in it. This lake is full of red lotuses, and as such, the name of village is Aravande.
The Aronda High School building is situated on a small hill at the entrance of the village. This building was built at the beginning of 19th Century by H.H. Khem Sawant, also known as Bapusaheb Maharaj, then king of Sawantwadi Sansthan. Many notable educators, journalists, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs have come from this high school. Dr. B.S.Kerkar is from this place.Mr. Sachin D Rege is from Aronda. Also located in the village is a very old library named Mahatma Gandhi Valchan Mandir. It was established on 2 October 1948, and has many old and new books. This vachanalya is managed by Aronda Gamonnati Mandal, a social registered organization established in 1947, in Mumbai, by Rao Bahaddur Rege and other notable worthy sons of Aronda for the welfare of residents of Aronda. This organization is still very active.
Aronda is situated at the south of Maharashtra on the Goa border. The Terekhol river (an inlet) is towards the south, which is famous for sea food, (especially lady fish, also known as Mudishi), and shell fish (Khube). Towards the north, there are small hills full of big greenaries and trees of various types including cashews, mangos, and jackfruits. Port Redi, a neighboring village, is famous for its iron ore mines and its Ganpati temple. Aronda was one of several minor ports of Maharashtra directly connected to the Arabian Sea in mid 20th century. This was an important port, and goods from Mumbai and south India were transported through this port. Even today, unused warehouses are the sign of the golden days of Aronda.
Every year on Margashish Suddha Chaturthi, there is Jatra Utsav of Santeri Bhadrakali in temple area. Original residents of Aronda come from all over India on this day for the blessing of Goddesses. Fireworks in this ustav is one of the well known event of this Jatrotsav.