About Shrivardhan Beach
Shrivardhan and Diveagar are the twin villages with nature’s and historic heritage located in same county and to the south-west of Raigad district. Many of the ancient names of the villages have changed by the time, but Shrivardhan Beach must be the only village who refused to change its ancient name till date. It’s been said that Shrivardhan is a combination of the two words “Shri” and “Vardhan”. This village has got a favorable name as it has abundant orchards of coconut trees.
It’s also been said if we look below from the north sided hills, the shape of the village looks like ‘Shri’, therefore the village might have got its name. However, it could have been possible in old days because modern villages expanded by the time, now this shape could not be seen. It is said to be the great warrior Arjuna has visited this village.
European travelers mentioned this village as “Jifardan”. It’s undoubtedly proven that this village was the prominent place for the trade and business since ancient times. There are many temples in this village including Lakshmi-Narayan, Kalbhairav, Gavdevi, Somjai, Jivaneshwar Shiv Temple, Shriram Mandir etc. and having ancient importance.
Jivaneshwar Shiv Mandir is been built in “Hemadpanthi” style. Shrivardhan was the native of Great Peshwa. The key post of this village was towards the ancestors of Shri Balaji Vishwanath but due to annoyance and trouble by Siddi, they left and shifted to another place. There is a striking similarity between old Pune and Shrivardhan town structure. The old place where the Peshwas used to live, now there is only fourth and Balaji Vishwanath’s monument built by the municipality. Today there is a kindergarten, gym and a table tennis court. There are many coconut and betel nuts gardens in Shrivardhan. Even today, the village has preserved its original structure and culture.
The village itself has a beautiful beach. After being blessed by Lord Harihareshwar, it is an old faith to visit Shrivardhan’s Gramdaivat Somjai Devi, the devotee who receives the vows. This goddess is said to establish by the great sage Agasti. A big festival held here in Navratri days.
At a very near distance from Shrivardhan Beach, a beautiful and pleasant Diveagar village is located. Because of its cleanliness and safety, most of the tourists prefer to visit here as affordable local stay and delicious homemade food facilities been provided. Apart from the sea shore, this village was well known for golden Ganesh village. During the ancient reign of Shilahar, this golden Ganesh was idolized.
Being the cultural capital of North Konkan from ancient times, this village has eight temples and a mosque. Apart from this, one can image the glory of this village as five inscriptions were founded. These inscriptions are from the eras of Chalukya and Shilahar. In short both these villages has truly reserved the cultural heritage of Raigad district.