• Someshwar

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Someshwar is a small village situated on the bank of river Kaajali (काजळी). It is 10km away from Ratnagiri city. It is at south-east direction of Ratnagiri.

Someshwar is connected to Ratnagiri by a bridge on the creek built before 10 years. The population is about 2-3000. A major portion of the land by the reverside is cultivable land and the main produce is of Rice. Apart from that, other produces are 'Kulith', 'Pavta', 'Kadva' and Ragi. The produces except rice are taken in winter season.

Besides, there are many Alphonso (हापूस) mango, Cashew nut, coconut, Kokam trees. Someshwar Trust has built a dormitary which is avaialable at cheaper rates.

Specialities

The village is named after a temple of Shiva called 'Someshwar' situated in the heart of the vilage. There is an interesting story about Someshwar Temple. Before this temple was built, there was a very thick jungle. A cow used to pour down her milk at a particular point in the jungle. When it was noticed that the cow was not giving milk to her owner, he found out about the plce and a hidden 'pindi' of God Shiva. The owner of the cow informed this to all the villagers and the temple was constructed at the same place at around 600 yeras ago and the renovation was done in 17th century. There is no such big temple around Someshwar village within 150 Km of circumference. The Temple is built of Basalt stone (Jambha). The compound wall of the temple is around 15 ft. in height. There are 3 halls ('Sabhamandap') around 'Gabhara'. The ceiling of the temple is wooden and is carved beautifully. In each of the hall there are 4 wooden pillars. There are 6 tall 'Deepmalas' made of stone in front of the main hall. 'Someshwar' is 'kuladaiwat' of 'Kelkar' families. In the premises of Someshwar Temple, a temple of Ravalnath is also present. The festival of MahaShivaratri is held in the temple every year which lasts for 2 days. There are public temples of Goddesses 'Bharadin', 'Bandi Jai' and 'Vithaladevi', God 'Grampaleshwar' in Someshwar Village. There are private temples of lord Ganesha, Hanuman and Datta. Someshwar trust celebrates'Shimga'(Holi) every year. One more interesting fact about Someshwar Village is that, one of the daughters in laws of the great 'Peshva' who reigned Maharashtra belonged to this village and hence Peshvas had built a small arch footbridge in the village which is known by locals as 'Cholicha parhya' and still can be seen. A resident of Someshwar village, Late Vithal Hari Limaye was appointed as chief justice in Miraj State in 19th century. He was very brilliant and he became for famous for his justice. He had built 3 storey house in the small village which is now occupied by his legal heirs.

History

Summary

Place Name: Someshwar
Additional Names: सोमेश्वर
District: Ratnagiri
Category: Beach
Best time: Through out the year. Best during Mahashivaratri festival.

How to reach?

Someshwar is about 14 km from Ratnagiri, 350 km from Pune, 400 km from Mumbai
By Road :- S.T. / Private - Buses
By Rail :- Kokan Railway


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