(Last Updated on : 03/03/2016)
Shirgaon is a village in Palghar district
of the state of Maharashtra
Culture of Shirgaon
Shirgaon is a village of Bhandari, Mali, Koli, Mangela, Vaity, Vadval, Aadiwasi and Muslim Community.
History of Shirgaon
Shirgaon got its name in history when the refugees of Somnath took the shelter during the invasion of Muslim in 10th Century. The Muslim community comes with Sultan of Gujarat
, Bahadur Shah. During the Somnath looting by Mohammand Gazanavi, Somnath refugees took shelter in the 11th century by Gujarati Somnath Junagad Mali. They followed Maharashtrian customs instead Gujarati custom. They are farmers and major area of Shirgaon and Satpati is covered by them. After 1857 that is the First Revolt of 1857, coastal region of Maharashtra including Shirgaon, Kelwe, Mahim, Tarapore was captured by British rulers till 1947. The historical name of Shirgaon during Portuguese ruling was Sirgao. In 1720, one of the ports of Bassein, Kalyan, was conquered by the Marathas and in 1737. They took possession of Thane including all the forts in Salsette island and the forts of Parsica, Trangipara, Saibana. The only place in the Northern Provinces that now remained with the Portuguese were Chaul (Revdanda), Caranja, Bandra, Versova, Bassein, Mahim, Quelme (Kelve Photo1) -(Kelve/Mahim), Sirgao (Present day Shirgao), Dahanu Sao Gens (Sanjan), Asserim (Asheri/Asherigad Photo1), Tarapor (Tarapur) and Daman. In November 1738, Marathas led by Chimaji Appa, captured the fort of Dahanu and on 20th January 1739, Mahim capitulated, the loss of Mahim, was speedily followed by the capture of the forts of Quelme - (Kelve/Mahim), Sirgao (present Shirgaon), Tarapor and Asserim on 13th February 1739.
Tourism of Shirgaon
Shirgaon has the temples like Mahikawati temple of Vadry and Hanuman Mandir
of Tembhy. These are the oldest temples in this region. Shirgaon beach is the safest beach in western region of Maharashtra. The best sunset view, Coconuts, Forts, Climate, Silence, Peaceful peoples and High quality Fish at affordable price are some features of this village.
Shirgaon can be reached by State Transport busses or other public transportation from Palghar
Station on the Mumbai
train route. It has an extremely long beach with Kelwa Beach
on one side and Satpati on the other.