Patit Pawan Mandir & Sawarkar Smarak
Patit Pawan Temple proves itself to be a pioneer in several ways. Back in late 20’s, when no one can even think about building a temple for untouchables, Patit Pawan Temple proved to be the first one of its kind. In other way it’s a symbol of a new beginning. And the name itself speaks it out loud. Patit which means lowest, humblest and most downtrodden man in the society Pawan which means holy, purified, awakened and enlightened persona, together, attributes this holy place. The name itself suggests that it’s a place for those who are deprived of their rights to get a new birth, a new life and also which restores their rights as human being. The temple allowed the dalits and untouchables to perform their poojas and worshipping, which offered a new breeze of freedom to them. And this was arranged in those times when a shadow of an untouchable could make a upper caste to take bath. That proves significance of being temple at its place. No wonder this temple created storms in the social circles of those times. But it was quite expected as the man behind it was stormy enough. That was no other than Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar. He was against all this caste system and discretion in the society which was fully exploited by the British in order to take advantages out of it. That was their Divide and Rule policy, we all know.
Patit Pawan temple shows its presence in many of popular cultures too. It is mentioned in many of literary works. A hindi film on the life of Sawarkar has been shot here.
55 km Distance From Ganesh Agro Tourism