Shivtharghal, also known as Sundarmath, (Sundarmath means Beautiful Monastery), is a cave, about 34 km from Mahad, near Barasgaon, Maharashtra, India. Shivtharghal is located in Varandha Ghat in the Sahyadris on the Bhor-Mahad road. In monsoons, a waterfall falls in front of the cave.
Samarth Ramdas dictated Dasbodh to Kalyan Swami. Samarth Ramdas lived here for about 22 years. It is believed that this is where the first meeting between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Samarth Ramdas took place.
The cave was discovered by Shankarrao Deo of Dhule in 1930. The cave and surrounding area were renovated after Samarth Seva Mandal was formed in 1950. The campus includes the actual cave under the waterfall, Ramdas Swami temple, dining hall, and accommodation.
Jai Jai Raghuveer Samarth! Jai Bhavani! Jai Shivaji!
Water can be seen falling down through the narrows in seven stages. Hence it might have got the name Samvatsada. Saatsada Falls is an incredible and hidden waterfall in a dense forest. The famous Madhe Ghat waterfall came down in Konkan and takes the form of Saatsada falls.
It can be reached in 10 minutes by road. No need to walk much.
‘Vardayini Kund’ is a pool in the river ‘Kal’, in a gorge below the village Dapoli, Taluka Mahad, District Raigad. ‘Vardayini Kund’ is famous for its sacred fish, which villagers believe as the Children of Goddess ‘Vardayini’ that is held in veneration by the people surrounding the place.
The pool is full of fish, namely Kadas, Kolas, and Shindas. Some of the Shindas are of great size, five or six feet long, but they seldom show themselves. A handful of rice brings them to the surface in thousands; some of them are as much as four or five pounds in weight.
This Kund is also popularly known as ‘Aai chi Kond’. The Goddess ‘Vardayini’ is referred here to as ‘Aai’ (Mother).
Seven Steps Waterfall
Hidden Saatsada Falls
Day 1Shivtharghal Tour
06:00 Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
06:30 We will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.
07:30 – 08:30 An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.
11:00 – 12:00 We arrive at the “Walankond Doh” Our field experts will provide pre-tour information and instructions to all participants.
Explore the surroundings & move to “Saatsada Waterfall”.
12:00 – 13:30 Arrive at “Saatsada Waterfall” & walk 10 minutes from the road. You’ll find an awesome hidden waterfall in a dense forest surrounded Travel to Shivtharghal Caves.
13:30 – 16:00 Have lunch & explore “Shivtharghal Caves”. Get to know details information about “Samarth Ramdas Swami” and his life.
16:00 – 20:00 Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage. We are going to have tea on the way. Resume the rest of the journey.
20:00 Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 😊
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): N/A • Walk (approx.): 2 hrs., 2 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea