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A Calm and Divine Place where the routine commercialism of Poojaris is Missing

Aryadurga devi, Devihasol आर्यादुर्गा देवी देवीहसोळ, is a Hindu temple situated in Devihasol... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
MajorShinde
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Kolhapur, India
My VIllage deity-temple

I always visit this temple whenever i visit my village. A sense of peace and tranquilty. It is... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2016
Sancheet W
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Aryadurga devi, Devihasol आर्यादुर्गा देवी देवीहसोळ, is a Hindu temple situated in Devihasol village and it's a very famous temple in Rajapur taluka, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra state, India. Goddess ARYADURGA is the Kuldevi of many Karahde Brahmin and since my wife is a Karhade Brahmin we visit this place at least once a year.
I have visited all major Hindu shrines/temples in India but I haven't found the peace of mind that one finds here. The best part of this temple is the simplicity of its structure and surroundings. The temple has been kept/preserved it its original form and has a small and simple guest house to accommodate over-night visitors. It is 18 km from Rajapur, 52 km from Ratnagiri and 380 km from Mumbai.
Locally available sand stone has been used for the construction of this mandir and its pavement while mangalore tiles adorn the roof. The only negative point that I have found is that the maintenance is of a poor level mainly due to paucity of funds. Although the list of patrons posted on the board outside shows so many Munbaites yet no one seems to be coming forward to gather enough funds.
The most beautiful aspect of this temple is that the ambience is very serene and the atmosphere is devoid of any noise pollution. As such, when you sit in front of the goddess after "taking darshan" you can comfortably switch over to a transcendental meditative state. This effect can not be measured in terms of tonnes of money. It's simply awesome.
Lastly, I would like to reiterate that the best part of this temple is that there's no commercialism of any kind here. If you tie up with the Poojari a day in advance he will perform a completely satisfying Pooja for you spending as much time with you as much you desire and even if you pay him Rs. 500/- he will say that it's too much. Hats off to this culture.
I'll wind up with a word of caution..visit this Mandir if you want to have a great divine/spiritual experience but do not go here if you want to see some great architectural structures.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्ति-रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

Thank MajorShinde
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

A simple temple, majorly owned by a local family. The temple has a basic structure. It has shrines dedicated to various gods & goddess. But the central shrine is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Thank joyienjoy
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

I always visit this temple whenever i visit my village. A sense of peace and tranquilty. It is around 20kms from Rajapur. however due to erratic public transport, you need your own vehicle to visit it. facilities here are good as per village standards. There is a huge fair in december/Jan which is must visit.

3  Thank Sancheet W
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Reviewed 20 November 2014

Arya Durga is the presiding diety of many in a sect of Brahmins called the "Karhade Brahmins"...my grandfather and a few of his community friends formed a trust to get together people of this community. They worked over the last 15 years to build a "Bhakt Niwas" opposite the Devi temple as the temple is as such in the middle of nowhere..approx 10 kms from the nearest town of Bhu in Rajapur taluka.

The temple is supposed to be what is called pandav kalin..very clean and with a simple elegant idol of the Devi (goddess).

Takes you back to your roots..

20  Thank Vinit D
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