Waterfall at Shivtar Ghal
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Shivthar Ghal (Marathi: शिवथर घळ), also known as Sundarmath (Marathi: सुंदरमठ), is a cave, about 34 km from Mahad, near Barasgaon. Samarth Ramdas dictated Dasbodh to Kalyanswami. Samarth Ramdas lived here for about 22 years. It is believed that this is where the first meeting between Shivaji Maharaj and Samarth Ramdas took place.
The cave was discovered by Shri Shankarrao Deo of Dhule in 1930. The cave and surrounding area was renovated after Samarth Seva Mandal was formed in 1950. The campus includes the actual cave under the waterfall, Ramdas Swami temple, dining hall and accommodation. Between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm, the visitors can have the prasad consisting of Moong Dal Khichadi and Shira. Shivthar Ghal Sundarmath Seva Samiti organizes various programs at this location. It was rediscovered by Shankar Shrikrishna Deo.
Shivthar Ghal is located in Varandha Ghat in the Sahyadris on the Bhor-Mahad road.
In monsoons, a waterfall falls in front of the cave.
Special Note: If you are coming from Pune-Bhor, then do not take first right turn from Varanda Ghat to visit Shivtharghal. The shortest road is not in use. Local people will tell you that it is 6KM from that first right turn. But the road is horrible. Though it is the shortest road to go to Shivtharghal, but road condition is not good. There is another route. Drive 10-15 KM ahead and take right from there. Do not follow Google Map route.
- Gunaji, Milind (2010), Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra (2 ed.), Mumbai, India: Popular Prakashan, p. 250, ISBN 978-81-7991-578-3
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