Kankavali

Kombadi vade

Kombdi vade is a dish native to the Konkan region in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a traditional chicken curry (including chicken pieces with bones), vade (fluffy fried dumplings made of rice flour, and occasionally of wheat and Ragi flour), onions, lemon juice and solkadhi (a gravy made from coconut milk). This dish is majorly prepared on "Gatari" "Gauri Ovase", "Dev Diwali" and "Shimga" in Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Konkan. Generally this dish is available throughout the year especially in the coastal area of Maharashtra including Mumbai.

Kombadi Vade
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Solkadhi

Somewhat like a cross between kadhi and buttermilk, solkadhi is an integral part of a Malvani meal. The rich creaminess of coconut milk is balanced with the tang from kokum petals and has a slightly spicy edge from green chilies. The beautiful pink color of this digestive drink is inviting enough to make you have the first sip, after which you won’t be counting the glasses.

Solkadhi
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Sawantwadi
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Dhondaas

Like we mentioned earlier, food from the Malvan coast is different from elsewhere in the country, in terms of ingredients and cooking methods. Not everyone can come up with a delicious steamed sweet cake using cucumber and semolina. Dhondhas gets its wonderfully grainy texture because of the semolina and grated cucumber and sweetness with jaggery. You can also make a version of this almost forgotten in time recipe with jackfruit.

Dhondaas
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Sawantwadi
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Bombil Fry

Yes, we have mentioned fried fish earlier, but bombil fry definitely deserves hallmark status when we talk about Malvani cuisine. Bombil fish or Bombay duck is unique to this region and has really soft, mushy flesh which contrasts the crispy flour coating it is covered with, perfectly. This deep-fried delicacy is light on the stomach and doesn’t stretch your pocket. Fried Bombay duck will definitely have you hooked on from the first bite itself. Special mention, you can have a clean plate while eating Bombay duck as the bones are deliciously soft!

Bombil Fry
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Sawantwadi
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Bhalchandra Maharaj Ashram, Kankavli

This is the place of penance of Bhalchandra Baba. He lived here for 55 years. Monument is constructed and accommodation is available here in specially built 'Bhakt Nivas' for a nominal price. It is possible for devotees to do pooja-archa, abhishekh of shri Samartha's Monument.

 

This place is formed to keep the memory of the sacrament of Baba Bhalchandra. He himself resided inside the villa for 55 years. To keep his remembrances alive, a memorial has been constructed. You can also stay there in their 'Bhakt Nivas' at an affordable price. Devotees are free to worship the idol here. You have to contribute only fifty one rupees to do pooja–abhishekh of Samarth barely one time in a year. The prasad will be mailed to your address afterwards. In case you want to do all these customs on a festive day, then you have to donate thousand and one rupees. There are several places where Baba used to meditate. In the main market of Kankavli, there is a lively monument of Babaji. You can also go to visit them as well.

 

This is the place of penance of Bhalchandra Baba. He lived here for 55 years. Monument is constructed and accommodation is available here in specially built 'Bhakt Nivas' for a nominal price. It is possible for devotees to do pooja–archa, abhishekh of shri Samartha’s Monument. After donating fifty one rupees one can do pooja–abhishekh of Samarth once in a year and prasad is sent by post to the mailing address. If a devotee wants to do pooja and abhishekh on any of following festive days, donation of a thousand and one rupees is asked for.

Holy place of Bhalchandra Baba’s Meditation period (Vaikunthvasi Pundalik Sabaji Kamat’s alive – monument.) In Kankavli market, in front of Shri Dev Kashivishveshwar and Shri Dev Datta Temple, there is alive monument of holy man of Kamat family, Pundalik Sabaji Kamat which is 150 years old. This holy man after his age of sixty preferred Sanyasashram and did meditation in a closed room. Then he drove away sorrows of people and at last he expressed his desire to take Sanjivan Samadhi. He took it in front of Datta Temple constructed by him.

When Bhalchandra Maharaj came to Kankavli, he started to sit here. People used to think that he was insane but nephew of revered Pundalik Sabaji Kamat, late Ramchandra Moreshwar Kamat got message that he was not insane but a yogi and he should get place near by me so late Ramchandra Moreshwar Kamat constructed one room in the close vicinity to the samadhi. In this room Bhalchandra Maharaj did his meditation for 50 years. In 1980 it was reconstructed by Shri Suresh Dinkar Kamat.

Life of Bhalchandra Baba:

He was born on January 08, 1904. His mother and father died when he was 5 to 6 years old. He ran away from home when he was about 25 years old. He was told to go to Satam Maharaj of Danoli to devote his life by Mule Maharaj of Gargoti. He did so according to Satam Maharaja’s desire. Bhalchandra came to Kankavli at his youth in 1930-32. He was unclothed with long beard and nails. People thought he was insane and some tried to tease him. Children used to throw stones but he was not daunted by anything. When his guru Satam Maharaj came from Danoli to meet Bhalchandra, people understood greatness of Bhalchandra Maharaj. People used to get great pleasure by his single look. People from all over Maharashtra started to come to see him. He never use to speak or accept anything from them.

On 16th December, 1977 he was in the Hanuman Temple of Lalbag. Continuous Ramjap was going on. Thousands of people had gathered to see Bhalchandra Baba. It was around 8 o’ clock at night when he left this world.

He was brought to Kankavli and on 18th December 1977 in the middle of ashram, samadhi was given. Numerous people gather here annually. On Margshirsh Shudh Saptami Baba’s Punyatithi is celebrated. His devotees are from all religion, caste and creed, poor and rich. He gave same love like sun to all. He is always holy like Ganga and great like Himalaya. People adore this saint as a supreme being.

Annual festivals of Samadhi Temple:

1) Shri Samartha’s Punyatithi – Margashirsh Shuddha Saptami.

2) Shri Samartha’s Jayanti – Paush Krishna Shashthi.

3) Mahashivratr – Magh Krushna Trayodashi.

4) Shri Gurudwadashi – Ashvin Krishna Dwadashi.

5) Gurupaurnima – Ashadhi Shudddha 15

 

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Shivgad

Located at Ghonsari, Phondaghat. This magnificent fort beckons adventurous tourists and mountaineers. Since the terrain and peaks of this region comes in contact with Asia’s largest known biodiversity for flora and founa Dajipur Bison sentcury, the view of the area surrounding the fort is a major attraction here. Kasarde Salva mountains Gagangad and clearly visible from this fort. Goddess Bhavanimata’s Temple of remains of some imposing structures. Cannons are also seen inside the fort but to vive all this one has to trek to the top.

Shivgad fort
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Kankavali
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Gagangad

Gagangad was built by Raja Bhoj II (Shilahara dynasty) in 1190. After that Singhan Yadava defeated King Bhoj in 1209 and captured this fort. After dividing Bahamani dynasty this fort goes to under Adilshahi. In Maratha Empire Chh. Rajaram Maharaj appoint there chief of Ramchandrapant Amatya as Jahagir. In 1844 British army demolished Gagangad fort.

Gagangad is 59 km from Kankawali, and was erected by Raja Bhoj in the 12th century. It is constructed on the table top of Gaganbavda, 3000 feet above sea level. It is constructed only on one rock and has only one narrow entrance. It is famous since Nnatha Sampraday Gagangiri Maharaj stayed here. He is known throughout India as a social worker and national hero.

 

Gagangad
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Kankavali
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Kankavali

Kankavli is a census town in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is an important town due to its central location in the Sindhudurg district. All talukas are of an equal distance from Kankavli. There is a temple of Swyambhu Ravalnath and Bhalchandra Maharaj. The city is situated in between two rivers. It is a cultural, educational and politically rich town.

Kankavli is located in south-west Maharashtra. It has an elevation of 42 metres. Kankavli is situated on the banks of two Rivers, the Gad River and the Janavli River. It is surrounded by villages like Natal, Nagawe, Bidwadi, Kalmath, and Halval. It is an important railway station on the Konkan Railway route as major trains stop here. Kankavli town is 441 km from Mumbai along the NH 66 and 125.1 km from Ratnagiri.

Kankavli's climate is a blend of coastal and inland climate of Maharashtra. The temperature has a relatively narrow range between 20 °C to 40 °C. Weather in Kankavli from October to May is humid. Maximum temperatures rarely exceed 40 °C and typically range between 33 and 35 °C. Lows during this season are around 20 °C to 26 °C. The city receives abundant rainfall from June to September due to its proximity to the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. Temperatures are low in the rainy season and range between 19 °C to 30 °C. The winter temperatures are a bit higher compared to other towns. Lows range from 12 °C to 18 °C while highs are in the range of 26 °C to 32 °C. Humidity is low in this season making weather much more pleasant. Flooding is not a problem as Kankavli lies on a higher altitude than the sea level.

Kankavali
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