“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Before starting with what I explored and how the places were, let me quickly give a brief introduction about Dapoli, it’s a town in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, about 230 kms from Mumbai. You can drive down or take a Train till Ratnagiri station and then bus, or take a direct bus till Dapoli, I took the bus, and it was comfortable and direct, reached Dapoli in about 6-7 hours during the night.
My Dapoli trip is divided into two parts. This blog talks about the pious places in Dapoli to have a relaxing, holy feel.
So I start with Kadyavarcha Ganapati, situated at Anjarle village about 27.5 kms from Dapoli. The uniqueness of it is that Ganpati’s trunk curves towards the right, which is rarely seen. The place is quite peaceful; you also have a temple of Lord Shiva inside the Ganpati Mandir. There are some stone steps that lead you to the outer side, where you see a pond with turtles. Quite a picturesque sight to experience where you can easily spend hours, soothing yourself in the peace and tranquility that it offers, I loved the place.
Next is, Chandika Mandir in Dabhol situated around 27 km from Dapoli. Dabhol town is located on the south-west border of Dapoli. Once you reach the Mandir, there are a few steps that take you to some colourful creations from mud.
The temple is underground in a natural cave, the Idol is said to have formed naturally, at the back of the Mandir, is the water source from where drinkable water is being supplied. There are a lots of Mango tree outside the Mandir, natural peaceful and not a very touristy spot to visit.
Last for the pious part, is Shri Sainath Maharaj Trust and Temple located at Kherdi, about 6 kms from Dapoli. It’s not just a temple for Sai Baba, but you would also see temples of Dakshinamukhi Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Vindhyavasini, Shri Dattatreya, Lord Shiva and Saibaba. There is also Navgraha (means the nine (Nava) major celestial bodies (Grahas) of Hindu astronomy) on the ground floor. Photography is prohibited here, so this is all I can manage here, to give you guys a glimpse.
Overall, Dapoli makes you feel close to nature, God and our spiritual senses, thanks to its tranquil and comforting environment.
Part 2 of the visit to follow soon, till then keep exploring and keep travelling.