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The Gram daivath (Village God) is shree Dev Narayan (श्री देव नारायण in Marathi).
Sindhudurg (सिंधुदूर्ग in Devnagari) is an administrative district in the state of Maharashtra (महाराष्ट्र) in India, which was carved out of the erstwhile Ratnagiri District. The district headquarters are located at Oros (ओरोस). The district occupies an area of 5207 km² and has a population of 868,825 of which 9.47% were urban (as of 2001).
Origin of name
Asoli near to Shiroda (Konkani-Shirodem,Marathi-Shiroda) is small village in South Konkan (Maharashtra), just north of Goa, with a long stretch of clean sparkling mountains. Lots of greenery with densely covered palm trees. Shiroda & Aaravali are called Twin Cities (Villages) and belong to Vengurla taluka in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra,INDIA. There are lot of sightseeing places nearby Asoli Dev Narayna Temple, Dev Vetoba, Sateri Temple, Hanuman Temple, Navadurga & Mauli Temples at Redi, Mauli temple in Shiroda, Ganesh temple at Redi, Salt Pans. Shiroda Market place is very famous.
Location:Mumbai 508 km, Panji 57 km Nearest Airport: Dabohli (Goa) 92 km Railway Station: Sawantwadi (सावंतवाडी)(K.R.)
Sindhudurg is bordered on the north by Ratnagiri District, on the south by the state of Goa, on the west by the Arabian Sea, and to the east across the crest of the Western Ghats or Sayadhris is Kolhapur District. Sindhudurg is part of Konkan (coastal) region, a narrow coastal plain in western Maharashtra which lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. literacy in this district is around 80%
Asoli has a semi-tropical climate and remains warm and humid in most of the year. It has three clear seasons : Rainy (June - October), winter (November-mid February) and Summer ( mid February–May). Temperatures vary between Max. 32 °C and monsoon winds bring heavy rains (average rainfall 3240.10 mm).
Major crops are = Rice, Mango, Cashewnut, Coconut, Vari, Nachani, Groundnut, Jackfruit, Beetlenut and spices. Sawantwadi is famous for its Wooden Toys, Narendra Hill, Moti lake & Amboli hill station (Hiranyakeshi & Nagartas waterfall). In & around Asoli, there are lot many places to see like its clean & beautiful Seashore, Sagareshwar (Shiva)Temple, which is built in the Sands, Shri Mauli Devi Temple at Shiroda & Redi, Shri Navadurga Temple at Redi, Shri Ganesh Temple (with only two hands), Shri RamPurush Temple & Swayambhoo Shiva Temple at Redi . Also Shri Vetoba & Shri Sateri Devi Temple at Aaravali-Shiroda, the Shiroda Seashore, and Shri Vetaleshwar Temple at Ajgaon are worth visiting among the others. Rameshwar (Shiva) Temple is the Gramdaivat of Vengurla. Also there is a beautiful temple of Sateri Devi in Vengurla. Shiroda has a historic importance that the Salt Satyagraha of 1930 took place here. Salt is still produced here in plenty. Soil in this Konkan region is very different, with rich greenery everywhere and a pleasant atmosphere.sindhudurg is femous for its beautiful beaches and foods.
The cuisine of the district is popularly known as Malvani cuisine. Cocoanut, Rice and fish assume prime significance in the Malavani cuisine. Seafood containing fish, especially Bangada (mackerel) Paplet (Pomfret), Prawns, Bombil (Bombay Duck) and Tisrya (bivalve) is very popular. "Kombdi Vade", a chicken savoury, is the most popular dish here. Others include Ukadya Tandulachi Pej (उकड्या तांदळाची पेज - a semi-fluid boiled preparation made of brown-red rice variety) and Sol Kadhi (सोल कढी - A preparation made of Sol (kokum) सोल and coconut milk). Dry fish is also a local delicacy like "Golmo"(dried prawns).
Mango is a major factor to the life. Varieties of Alphonso Mango (हापुस आंबा ) are particularly popular. Other varieties of mango: Mankur(मानकुर), Pāyari (पायरी) and Karel (करेल - used for preparing Mango Pickle) are also popular for their distinct taste.
The Malvani cuisine also has many vegetarian dishes, including garyache sandan, pickle of karmal, bimble, amba halad, karadichi bhakri, kanyacha sanja, appe, ghavan, dalimichi usual, and kaju usual.
Places of attraction
- Shree Dev Narayan Temple Asoli
- Vetoba Temple at Aravali
- Tilari Dam (Dodamarg)
- Ganapati Temple at Redi, Vengurla
- Navadurga Temple at Redi
- Navdurga Redi
- Amboli, a waterfall
- Sindhudurg, a fort
- Vijaydurg, a fort
There are 4 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district. These are Sawantwadi, Vengurla, Malvan and Devgad. All of these are part of the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency.