Peshwa Birth Place (Smarak)

Raigad , Shriwardhan

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Balaji Vishwanath (Bhat) (1662–1720), better known as Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, was the first of a series of hereditary Peshwas (Marathi for Prime Minister) hailing from the Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family who gained effective control of the Maratha Empire during the 18th century. Balaji Vishwanath assisted a young Maratha Emperor Shahu to consolidate his grip on a kingdom that had been racked by civil war and persistent attack by the Mughals under Aurangzeb.

Statue of Balaji Vishwanath Peshwa at Shrivardhan in Raigad. This area is considered to be the seat of the Peshwas (legendary warriors of Maratha empire) and the statue has been established as a mark of respect. Though the place is in ruins and decrepit, it's worth a visit...also its close to the virgin Kondivli beach. Shrivardhan is covered as part of the trinity - Dive Agar, Harihareshwar, Shrivardhan - located about 200 odd kms south of Mumbai.

Places to see here:

  • Peshwa Memorial.
  • Somjai Temple.
  • Laxmi - Narayan Temple.
  • Structure of Shreewordhan village.
  • Magnificent, calm and clean seashore.

  • Accommodation :
    Hotels are available in Shriwardhan.

  • Getting There :
    Shreewardhan is 55 to 60 k. m. away from Lonere village on Mumbai-Goa Highway. 45 km via Sai-Morba on Mumbai-Goa Highway( via Sai-Morba) State Transport buses are available from Shreewardhan. This village is connected to Mumbai, Thane, Mahad, Alibag, Khed, Dapoli cities by bus or private vehicle service.

  • By Air:
    Nearest Airport is mumbai.

  • By Rail :
    Nearest railway station-Mangaon.

  • By Road :
    200 km from Mumbai. 175 km from Pune.

  • Places to see nearby :

    Janjira Fort , Suvarna Ganesh Diveagar , Harihareshwar

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