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Swami Swarupanand Samadhi Mandir

Swami Swarupanand Samadhi Mandir is a religious temple on the bank of River Gautami. It houses the samadhi (self-immolation) of spiritual Guru Swarupanand Swami.


Pawas Taluka, Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, India.


Swami Swarupanand Samadhi Mandir was built in memory of Swami Swarupanand after he took samadhi on 15th August 1974. Swamiji’s birth name was Ramchandra Vishnupant Godbole, but he was affectionately called ‘Appa’ or ‘Bhau’. He was born on 15th December 1903 at Pawas. He was fond of literature and had command over Marathi and Sanskrit Languages. At the age of eighteen, Rambhau had started following the path of Mahatma Gandhi ( The Father of Nation). At the age of
20, he took initiation from Guru Sadguru Babamaharaj Vaidya from Pune. Since then the spiritual journey of Ramachandra alias Swami Swarupananda began. He had carefully learned Philosophy from Dasbodh, Dyaneshwari, Bhagawatam, Abhangas by many saints and Upanishads. (All these are scriptures from the Hindu religion). In the due course of time, he was being followed by many followers. At the age of 70, Swamiji took Samadhi. Before taking Samadhi, Swamiji lived in Pawas for 40 years. His original residence, Anant Niwas, is still well maintained. Temple is a very serene and scenic place. The premise has the main Samadhi temple constructed at the place where Swamiji took Samadhi. Apart from this, there is a small Ganesha temple. The must-visit is the meditation hall which helps the devotee to experience inner peace. The temple premises and Matha(monastery) is well maintained.


Pawas is between the coastal and hilly areas of Konkan, and it is on a medium altitude. River Gautami, which has its mouth at Ranpar flows through Pawas.


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

The temple is beautiful and gives very positive vibes and peace in the temple premise. It also has a
meditation room and Lord Ganesh's idol carved into an Amla tree. The afternoon Aarti is known for its Khichdi Prasad. The shops in the temple premise are famous for selling excellent honey, religious books, devotional CDs.

Nearest tourist places

• Anant Niwas (1.1 KM)
• Shri Someshwar Mandir (2.2 KM)
• Qutub Hazrat Shiekh Muhammad Peer
Qadriya Rehamtullahalaihi Dargah (2.5 KM)
• Bhagwan Parshuram Temple (2.8 KM)
• Ancient stepwell of ganeshgule (5.8 KM)
• Ganesh Mandir (5.8 KM)
• Ganeshgule Beach (6.1 KM)
• Shri Mahakali Devi temple (6.1 KM)
• Narayan Laxmi Mandir (6.7 KM)
• Purnagad Fort (9 KM)
• Ratnadurga Fort (21.2 KM)
• Kokangabha Agro Tourism (33.4 KM)
• Panvel Dam (33.8 KM)
• Ganpatipule Temple (39.6 KM)
• Rajapur Ganga (54.6 KM)
• Vijaydurg Fort (79.6 KM)

Special food speciality and hotel

Konkani Cuisine is prevalent here. It is also known for dried desserts like Ambapali and Phanas Poli.
Pawas is known for Alphonso Mangoes, Cashew nuts and Coconuts.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Several options are available like hotels, lodges,homestays etc.
Nearest post office: Pawas Post Office (1.7 KM)
District Hospital, Ratnagiri : 17.2 KM
District Police station: 17.9 KM

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

The best time to visit Pawas is from July to April as it is cool and windy when one can experience a pleasant atmosphere.

Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi and Marathi.