Harihareshwar is a town in Raigad district, in Maharashtra, India. It is surrounded by three hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal and Pushpadri. The river Savitri enters the Arabian Sea from the town of Harihareshwar. Harihareshwar is a famed tourist spot in Konkan for its temples and beaches. Additionally, it is said as Devbhumi or Temple Town. Harihareshwar is an evergreen place and one may visit it in any season. It is placed in the heart of nature and bounded with Sahyadri’s hills.

Towards the north of the town is the temple of Lord Harihareshwar, said to have been blessed by Lord Shiva. Hence Harihareshwar is often referred to as Deveghar or "house of God".Besides a major religious journey center, Harihareshwar resort is popular with two beaches, one to the north and the other to the south of the temple. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC)has a resort on the south beach. Harihareshwar, along with Shrivardhan and Diveagar Beach forms a popular weekend beach destination from Pune (190 km) and Mumbai (210 km).

The Kalbhairav Jayanti Utsav (Festival on Birthday of Deity Kalbhairav) was initiated by Mr. Yashawant Balawant Nagle who was Sardar of Queen of Janjira Administering Harihareshwar village. He donated quite a large part of his property for funding the Temple management.

Places to visit near Harihareshwar Beach:

Kalbhairav Temple :

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is one of the most ancient and the most renowned temples of Maharashtra. The deity of Lord Shiva and Kalbhairav, the lord of all manthra, shastras, are placed in the temple along with others. It is believed that Lord Shiva created Kalbhairava and blessed him with all mantras. The architecture of the temple is quite unique and attractive. Apart from the excellent design, the cool breeze from the sea makes the temple complex a cool and pleasant place to sit back and relax.

Diveagar Beach:

Located at a distance of around 38 km from Harihareshwar town, this beach experiences lesser tourist rush and thus remains pristine.Boasting of a 4km long stretch, this beach is beautifully located near a small cliff and surrounded by Belu and Casuarina trees. One can also spot some migratory birds at the south end of this beach. One also find a number of resorts and eateries here.

Ganesh Gully :

As the name suggests, this is a gulley - a narrow (just 3 feet) passage - between two rocky mountains.At the end of the gully, there is an idol of Lord Ganesh a top the revered niche which is usually submerged 30 feet in the water. When the tide is low, it is said that tourists can catch a glimpse of the idol.

Srivardhan Beach :

This beach is nearly 20 km from Harihareshwar. The blackish sand and the sound of the waves attracts many here. Adventure water sports including paragliding, water surfing, etc. can be enjoyed here. Trekking the nearby cliffs of Shrivardhan is also a major attraction for adventure seekers.

Bagmandala :

Bagmandala, a small and quiet village, known for its beach is located a few kilometers from Harihareshwar.The prime attraction of the Bagmandala is the jungle jetty (sea harbor in the forest). This small port ferries the local people across the Bagmandala creek.

Somja Devi Temple :

Another ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Somja in Srivardhan. It is believed that the Goddess helps in extracting the venom of snake from the body of the person. The victims pray and undertake Pradakshinaas or Dandvat that is circumscribing the temple by lying flat on the stomach.

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