A beach town located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Diveagar is famous for its clean beach and temple dedicated to Suvarna Ganesha (Ganesha of Gold). Diveagar is a favorite weekend destination among Mumbaikars, being located just 170 km away. The pristine six-km long beach at Divegar is its biggest draw. ALSO SEE Best beaches in Maharashtra that are ideal for weekend getaways
According to historical records, the Shilahara dynasty ruled Diveagar for around 450 years between 800 and 1265 AD. Due to its proximity to the sea, trade and business flourished here and the town eventually endured the wrath of Arab pirates who looted the village and destroyed many temples. Visit these temples on your visit here and also pay a visit to the one dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
The temple has an intriguing story. In 1997, Draupadi Patil, a local farmer, discovered a copper box while ploughing her fields. The box contained the Ganesha idol, which by some estimates has a mask of pure gold and weighs over 12 kg. A temple was built around this Suvarna Ganesha or the Ganesha of Gold. Photograpy is prohibited inside the temple.
Tourists often club their visit to Diveagar with Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN DIVEAGAR
Accommodation options are limited in Diveagar. A few budget and mid-range hotels are available.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN DIVEAGAR
In-house restaurants are the best option for eating. Don’t forget to inform your hotel about the food preferences.