Diveagar

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Another view of Diveagar beach
Diveagar Ganpati Temple

Diveagar (Dive Agar) is a locale in Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra,[1] approximately 170 kilometers south of Mumbai. The area includes a fishing settlement, a beach, a temple, local businesses engaged in coconut and bettle nut tree farming, and some resort businesses such as restaurants, cottage rentals and motels, and six villages (from north to south): Velās, Musalmāndi, Agar Panchaitan, Diveagar, Borlai Panchaitan, and Kārle. The beach, facing the Arabian Sea, is approximately four kilometres long[2] and undeveloped. At the north end of the beach where a small stream enters the ocean there is the fishing settlement, Velas Agar, and some paddy farming, while at the south end there is a sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Nearby, there is a small fishing village, where vendors sell fresh fish, which goes by name of Bharadkhol.[3] The beach is accessible from the Mumbai-Goa highway via Kolad or Karnala.

The beach contains a number of suru trees (Casuarina), which are common to coastal Maharashtra. The access to the beach has a dense cover of belu trees, which are otherwise uncommon in the area.[4]

Diveagar is a popular beach destination from the nearby towns of Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar.

Sand-bubble crabs can be found on the beach and at nearby Harihareshwar one can find dolphins. Some seaturtles still lay their eggs on the beach.

History[edit]

Evidences showing more than five hundred year old settlements are found in this region. Since thousand years this village was attacked by the Arabs, the Portuguese and the Mughals. Because of these attacks the whole village was destroyed 3 to 4 times.

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The theft of the golden ganesh murthi[edit]

The golden (suvarna) ganesh murti (idol) of Diveagar Ganpati temple was allegedly stolen by thieves on 25 March 2012. The murthi was later allegedly melted. The golden idol weighed 8.0 kg. The thieves before taking away the golden idol killed the two watchmen who guarded the temple.

The idol has since then been replaced by one made with Silver.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diveāgar (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ see GoogleEarth
  3. ^ "http://www.konkanyatra.com/diveagar/places.html". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Diveagar Beach". India: Puneri Travellers. 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Diveagar - How to go, places to visit, things to do". India: Time to travel. 17 April 2010. 


Coordinates: 18°10′24″N 72°59′30″E / 18.17333°N 72.99167°E / 18.17333; 72.99167