Aronda

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Aronda
village
Aronda is located in Maharashtra
Aronda
Aronda
Location in Maharashtra, India
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Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Sindhudurg
Government
 • Body Gram Panchayat
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration MH-07
Nearest city SAWANTWADI, VENGURLA, PERNEM,MAPUSA.
Lok Sabha constituency Ratnagiri Sindhudurg.
Civic agency Gram Panchayat

Aronda is a village in the Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra state, India. Aronda is famous for Coconut cashew nuts, mangoes, jack fruit, Kokum, and rice. Aronda is a port on the boundary of Goa and Maharashtra. Aronda is next to Terekhol River, and has many ancient temples such as the Shri Sateri Bhadrakali Shri Ravalnath and Kulkar temple.

The original name of the village Aronda was Aravande. It is taught that the name Aravande is derived from Aravind, which means lotus. There is one lake between the Shri Sateri, Bhadrakali, and Ravalnath temples called Devtale. The myth goes that all Gods and Goddesses are taking bath in it. This lake is full of red lotuses, and as such, the name of village is Aravande. Aronda (Aravande) was setup by Rege family asper royal orders of King of Sawantwadi.

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Devi Bhadrakali gramdevata of Aronda

The Goa Liberation Movement had its first meeting in 1947 in Aronda, held by Dr. Ram Mohan Lohia Ummal Maidhan.[citation needed] Dinna Kamat and Krishna DessaI were leading operation from Aronda against Portuguese.[clarification needed] The Aronda High School building is situated on a small hill at the entrance of the village. This building was built at the beginning of 19th Century by H.H. Khem Sawant, also known as Bapusaheb Maharaj, then Rular of Sawantwadi Sansthan. Many notable educators, journalists, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs have come from this high school. Also located in the village is a very old library named Mahatma Gandhi Valchan Mandir. It was established on 2 October 1948, and has many old and new books. This vachanalya is founded by Aronda Gamonnati Mandal, a social registered organization established in 1947, in Mumbai, by Gangadhar Rege and Anant Shantaram Rege as Secretary(a wellknown social worker) and other 15members in Girgaon, Mumbai a for the welfare of residents of Aronda. This organization is still very active. The late Kashinath Gaitonde a welknown freedom fighter was first lliberian.nowdays this library is registered as independent trust. A grade status in Maharashtra state. They get financial grants from state government. Aronda situated at the south of Maharashtra on the Goa border. The Terekhol river (an inlet) is towards the south. Towards the north, there are small hills with lush vegetation including trees of various types including cashews, mangos, and jackfruits. Aronda was one of several minor ports of Maharashtra directly connected to the Arabian Sea in mid 20th century. This was an important port, and goods from Mumbai and south India were transported through this port.

Every year on Margashish Suddha Chaturthi, there is Jatra Utsav of Sateri Bhadrakali in Temple area. Original residents of Aronda come from all over India on this day for the blessing of Goddesses. Fireworks in this ustav is one of the well known event of this Jatrotsav.