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Bharadidevi Temple

Bharadidevi Temple, known as Anganewadi Temple too is famous for the Anganewadi Jatra(Fair) which is celebrated every year.

Districts/Region

Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra, India.

History

Bharadidevi Temple is considered as a ‘Jagrut Devasthan’. Bharadidevi Goddess is famous for her power of wish-fulfilment (Navas). People express their wishes to her and once they are fulfilled they visit her again with gratitude and strengthened belief.
There are many legends of the origin of Bharadi Devi, one such is that a Goddess appeared in the form of a stone plaque in the rocky soil 400 years ago. Since then she is called Bharadidevi.
The Bharadidevi’s Anganewadi Jatra is decided by the consent of the villagers. The method of arriving at the consent for the day of Jatra is very interesting. After the completion of harvest, the villagers get together for hunting of a wild animal to offer as Prasad to the Goddess. The animal is then cooked and distributed among the villagers who then decide on a suitable day for Jatra. The rituals begin at 4.00 A.M and end on the 1st day at 10.00 P.M. The next day the rituals again start at 4.00 A.M and end in the afternoon, this day is called ‘Mode Jatra’ (End of fair). The Jatra is for 1 and half days, but the festivities go on for 4 to 5 days.
Though the temple is of a modern period, it is constructed in a traditional style.

Geography

Situated in Anganewadi Village to the east of Gad River, in Sindhudurg DIstrict.

Weather/Climate

The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters in the region have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry.

Things to do

Visit to the temple and scenic surroundings.
Nearest tourist places

●    Bharatgad Fort (6.9 KM)
●    Rameshwar Temple (7.9 KM)
●    Mirvelwadi Waterfalls (8.3 KM)
●    Sarjekot Suvarnakada Beach (13.6 KM)
●    Sindhudurg Fort (16.1 KM)
●    Ramgad Fort (19.1 KM)
●    Tarkarli Beach (19.7 KM)- Famous for Adventure sports.
●    Vetalgad Fort (19.8 KM)
●    Inamdar Shri Rameshwar Temple (22.9 KM)
●    Kunkeshwar Temple (45.3 KM)
●    Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary (74.2 KM)
●    Vijaydurg Fort (75.7 KM)
●    Rajapur Ganga Temple(85.6 KM)
Special food speciality and hotel

Malvani Cuisine is the speciality here which includes fish, rice and coconut as prime ingredients.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Hotels and Homestays near Sarjekot.
Restaurants near Sarjekot.
Nearest Post office: Post office Hadi (13.3 KM)
Nearest Police station: Malvan Police station (15.8 KM)
Nearest Hospitals in Malvan. (14 KM)
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple.
Each year there is a fair in the month of February, which is considered a special occasion. Temple is open throughout the year.
Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi, Marathi.