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SHRI BANDESHWAR

SHRI BANDESHWAR TEMPLE, BANDA

           The town named Banda has many historical connections.  It’s located on the Bombay Goa National Highway No. 17.  It’s 12 k.m. away from Sawantwadi. It is situated on the Sindhudurga (Maharastra) and Goa Border and on the bank of Terekhol creek.  It’s history and nature are major attractions.  In historical time, Banda was Taluka place.  It was administrative centre for some 125 odd villages.  This town has endured many invasions. It has sustained the political conflicts of various regimes like Dutch, Portuguise, British, Adilshahi and Moghuls.

The town named Banda has many historical connections.  It’s located on the Bombay Goa National Highway No. 17.  It’s 12 k.m. away from Sawantwadi. It is situated on the Sindhudurga (Maharastra) and Goa Border and on the bank of Terekhol creek.  It’s history and nature are major attractions.  In historical time, Banda was Taluka place.  It was administrative centre for some 125 odd villages.  This town has endured many invasions. It has sustained the political conflicts of various regimes like Dutch, Portuguise, British, Adilshahi and Moghuls.

        Shri. Bandeshwar is the village deity.  In Banda, on the high mountain there is temple and memorial of Shri. Ram Swami. This trip on the mountain can treat you with beautiful landscapes of Goa and Insuli. Nature’s bounty will surely soothe tired eyes and drained soul. In Banda, there is small citadel, built in Vijaynagar empire. Now there is Banda’s Police Station.

     In Adilshaha’s reign, Banda was known as “Diwansahebi”. Once upon a time, it was known as “Adilabad” tool but in other periods, the name “Banda” was prevalent.In 1411 A.D. Portuguise invaded Banda and won it.  Still in Banda, many mosques and steepls exist as recollection of bygone era.  These stand as fine examples of architecture. There is one famous steeple called ” Rede Ghumat (Steeple)”. In Adilshahi period, it was known as ‘Rose Ghumat’.There is another “Bail Ghumat” too.  It’s still standing there with the same glory. It was built in 16th century.  It’s 250 feet high. This structure was surrounded with garden (known as “Chaman”). Flowers from this garden were used to sent to Vijapur, capital of Adilshai regime.

Dutch used the Banda’s citadel as storehouse. In 12th century, under Vijaynagar empire Banda was recognised as an important centre for various political happenings.

          In 1570 A. D. Adilshah with the help of Nijamshah attacked Portuguise. He seiged Portuguise’s centre in Goa.  But finally Adilshah was defeated. At this hour Portuguise set fire to Adilabad (i. e. Banda).  In Moghul period, Band was rejuvenated.Nearby Banda, on vapholi – Bilawade, there is Subhedar’s mansion.  In this mansion still one can see swords, shields, darts etc. war implements. Here one can visit the temple of great saint Sohirabanth Ambiye. His another temple is at Insuli, where he had divine appearance of Gahininath. 

 Banda is a town near the Goa-Maharashtra border. God Shree Bandeshwar and Goddess Shree Mauli are the Main Temples in the Village. The name of the village Banda is only because of the God Bandeshwar, a Jagrit Swayambhu Shivalinga.

        This 300 years old Temple of Lord Bandeshwar is being renovated. All the devotees are contributing for the same. It is a very real faith that the Lord Bandeshwar can only be worshipped, by entering into the Garbhagriha, by Holy Priest that is the Brahmin of the Temple. To keep devine purity and holiness of the Temple, all the citizens of Banda follow this tradition very heartily and do not enter into the garbhagriha. There are total 12 Shivalingas inside the Garbhgriha of the Bandeshwar temple. There is various temples of other deities e.g.Bhumika, Ravalnath, Vetal, Ganapati, Maharingan etc. around the main Bandeshwar temple. Jatra is being celebrated in the month of December every year.   Banda is famous for its festival celebrations be it Holi, Ganesh chaturthi, Diwali (majorly for Diwali show time where in participants from in and around Banda take part , Show time is also famous with participants in Goa, Mumbai . Highlight for this show is statue competition as you would get to see unimaginable live statues performed by participants as they need to stay without   moving for one minute)

            Again Banda city area comes under picture when it comes to production and processing of cashew nuts, kokam and betel nut. Because of this Banda is considered as major market area in sindhuduga district and also have economical importance.Terekhol is main river on the bank of which Banda city is established and famous terekhol bridge is also constructed 110 years back in Banda by Britisher for transportation between Goa and Maharashtra state. Terekhol bridge was considered as only connecting bridge or link between Goa and Maharashtra up to 1999. Banda is the last city of Mahrashtra state on Mumbai-Goa national highway (NH-66).

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