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 History

Alibag was developed in 17th Century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre the naval chief of King Shivaji's Kingdom.Alibag is costal town and municipal council History in Alibaug in Raigad district in Kokan region of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarter of the Raigad district. Raigad's first name was "Kulaba". Today's Ramnath was the main village at that time. Bene Israeli Ali who was a rich man City based on Ali's gardens was named as "Alibag". Ali Owned many plantations Mango Trees, Coconut Trees in the gardens so local people called the place alichi bag(Gardens)and formally and officially, Alibag.

Rewdanda, Chaul, Nagon, Aakshi, Varsoli,Thal, Kihim and Aawas villages were known as "Ashtagare" at that time. During those times there were some Navy Battles out of which one was fought at Varsoli between Kanhoji Aangre and Siddhi of Janjira in the year 1706. In 1722 English and Portuguese jointly attacked on Kulaba fort and they lost this war. At chaul there was a battle between the English and Sakhoji in 1730. Sakhoji won this war and brought down the losing party along with their captain at Kulaba. Kanhoji even issued his own currency in the form of a silver coin called the Alibagi rupaiya. Alibag is declared as the Taluka place in 1852.


 People

People in Alibaug

Alibag is quiet with a moderate number of tourists who come over on the weekend. Alibag is a frequent getaway for people in Mumbai with many owning farmhouses off the beach. The launch from Mumbai makes it closer although during the monsoons a boat ride is not advisable. Alibag is an old town relating to the Marathas.


 Festival

Pola—Rural Festival of Alibag: Due to its surrounding, rural landscape, Pola is widely celebrated across Alibag. Pola is essentially a celebration of the cattle and equipment used for cultivation. Pola is celebrated in first week of August. Among the smaller villages located near the outskirts of Alibag, small processions appear with paraded cattle. The procession includes a heavy use of bugles and drums. The traditional dish prepared on this day is called Puran Poli.

Nag Panchami—Religious Festival of Alibag: Celebrated in the second Nag Panchami in Alibaug week of August, this festival is sacred across the entire state of Maharashtra. The festival is a means to seek the blessings of the Snake God, Shesh Nag who is highly revered across Maharashtra. On this day, snake charmers make numerous rounds of Alibag and the residents offer milk to the snake as a way of pleasing the Snake God. The exact date for Nag Panchami is calculated every year using the Hindu calendar. People visit temples, and the streets are lined with stalls offering all sorts of religious souvenirs. It is a tradition among women to apply mehendi, designs applied with herbal paints, on their hands.


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