Velneshwar temple is located in Velneshwar village on the Western Coast of Maharashtra, India, about 70 km from Ratnagiri. Velneshwar temple is an enchanting temple on sea-shore is 25 km from Guhagar and 6kms from Hedavi. This is a place that falls in the very beautiful Konkan region of the state and gets the perfect blend of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. This is one of the places in the state which has faced the rules of many dynasties and has endured many battles of supremacy, from the Mauryans to the Portuguese who attacked from the sea. Velneshwar is reputed for its rock-free beach which facilitates the ease of swimming. In ancient times this temple was surrounded by many trees.
The name 'Velaneswar' has one interesting origin. This God(Ishwar) instantly fulfills the wish expressed by his devotees. So the God who does not waste any time of his devotee [Not wasting any time('vel' in Marathi)] is known as Vel-n-Ishwar. Velneshwar is family-deity (Kuldaivat) of Gokhale, Gadgils, Savarkars etc.
The temple's area is 70 sq meters has 11mtrs high 'Deepmal" (lamp-post) in front. Two wells built in laterite stones and temples of Shri Ganesh, Shri Kalbhairav(village deity of Velneshwar village), Shri Rameshwar Nandi(sacred bull of Shiva) are in the same compound. The early temple was built by Gadgils which was later renovated by Shri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Velaneshwar Seva Mandal has built a 'Bhakta-Niwas' a residential accommodation for the devotee.
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