The previous monsoon season we did hiking in Matheran trails & an easy trek to Lohagad Fort. We started planning for treks even before the rains had arrived. The first on the list was Sudhagad Fort. It is located at near Pali in Raigad district and the distance is 120 kms from Thane. One can also visit Lord Bhallaleshwar Ganpati Temple which 12 kms before Sudhagad fort.Sudhagad is also known as Bhorapgad, situated at an altitude of 2030 ft above sea level. The fort is a replica of Raigad and was considered for the capital of Maratha Kingdom but lost to Raigad due to proximity to the sea. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj renamed the fort from Bhorapgad to Sudhagad. According to history, Sage ‘Bhrugu’ had stayed here and he had established the temple of Goddess ‘Bhorai Devi’ on this fort.We left from Thane at around 7AM after picking up a couple of friends from the station. Our first stop was for breakfast on the Khopoli-Pali road. We found an Udupi restaurant on the way and stopped for some Hot Idlys & Dosas.
Situated in the small village of Pali, this temple falls in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The temple's premise includes an inner and outer sanctum. A statue of Ganesha sits on a throne made of stone inside the temple complex. It is believed that the idol's eyes and navel are studded with diamonds. This is one of the grandest temples you'll come across during your Ashtavinayak darshan.
It was a blessing for us that without any planning we reached such an important pilgrimage. We visited the temple. It is beautifully built with great surroundings and history.