PLACES OF INTEREST

GUNJ.

Gunj, about ten miles south-west of Vada, has on the west bank of a pond, close to the village, the ruins of a temple of Amba, which is said to have fallen about a hundred years ago. About half a mile from the village, a little way up Bhargavram hill, stands a temple of Bhargavram the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. Of its age there is no record; the villagers say it was built about 400 years ago. The builder was probably one of the Koli chiefs of Jawhar from whom the temple holds a grant of 50 acres of land. The temple is strongly built with neatly cut stones set in mortar. There are four doors with images of Ganpati over two of them. The hall measures twenty-two feet by eighteen and the shrine nine feet by six. The image of the god is the figure of a man in bas-relief six cubits long by four broad.

Close by, in the private or inam village of Kati, is a temple of Vajreshvari lately (1880) rebuilt by the proprietor. It measures twenty-four cubits long by sixteen broad and has an endowment of 46 5/8 acres of land. To the north of the temple is a small cistern called the Bhagirathi Kund with an unfailing supply of water. Gunj is said to have been the original site of the Vajrabai temple, which, after its destruction by the Portuguese, was removed to Vadavli, in Bhiwndi, five miles south.