Pawas is a fanciful village about 20 km from Ratnagiri. It’s a village with captivating natural beauty. Pawas is an important pilgrim center owing to Shri Swami Swaroopanand Temple - a spiritual leader who influenced an entire generation of Maharashtrians and his Samadhi Mandir which is visited by thousands every year. Swami Swaroopanand Temple was a follower of Warkari Sampraday ( Tradition). The Samadhi Mandir was constructed in the memory of Shri Swami Swaroopanand Temple Who took a samadhi here on 15th August 1974. There are a meditation Room and a Lord Ganeshji’s idol carved onto Emblica tree. The place is famous for its natural beauty and tranquility. Getting to the village isn't difficult since it's easily accessible from both the bus stands and the railway station of Ratnagiri. The real name of Swamiji is Ramchandra but he was popularly and affectionately recognized as “Appa” or “Rambhau”.He born on 15th December 1903 at Pawas. His father name was Shri. Vishupant Godbole and mothers name was Sou. Rakhamabai Godbole. Rambhau (Appa) had his primary education up to the fifth standard at Pawas and secondary education at Ratnagiri. For his higher secondary education, he had admitted to Aaryan Education Society’s high school at Mumbai in 1919. The special “Spiritual and Religious training” was offered in this school. At the age of 18, he got drawn towards the freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. Rambhau was fond of literature and had command on Marathi and Sanskrit languages. He also had a keen interest in famous Marathi drams. At the age of eighteen, Rambhau had started following the path of Mahatma Gandhiji ( The Father of Nation). Appa had an active part in various freedom fighting movements led by Mahatmaji like Khadi Movement, Non-Co-operation Movement, Self-independence Movement. From the year 1920 to 1934 i.e. for 14 years, Rambhau lived his life for selfless social work. After his secondary education, he came back to Pawas. After coming back, he had established a National school named “Swavalambashram” ( a place of self-independence). At 20, Swami took initiation from Sadguru Baba Maharaj Vaidya of Pune and this became a turning point in his life. It was from here on that he began his spiritual journey, working towards an understanding of his guru’s philosophies. Returning to Pawas, he undertook religious austerity and focused his mind on a deep study of Dnyaneshwari, Bhagavad Geeta, and Dasbodh. Influenced by what he said or preached, he soon built up a huge following of devotees who started calling him Swamiji. Swami delivered the ‘guru mantra’ of ‘Ram Krishna Hari’ to his followers, which is chanted till today. The Temple is very beautiful and you will have a feeling of intense satisfaction and peace as you are in the temple premises. excellently managed by the managing committee and trustees, the temple provides daily 'Mahaprasad' to the visiting devotees.

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