20 km away from the town of Ratnagiri is Pawas, a place where Swarupanand Swami took his samadhi. Affectionately known as "Appa" or "Rambhau", Swami's original name was Ramchandra. Born on 15th December 1903, Swami undertook self-immolation at Pawas and also resided here for for 40 years before that.
Born to the couple Vishnupant and Rakhmabai Godbole in Pawas, Swamiji has a neatly maintained memorial, which used to be his residence before he undertook self-immolation on 15th August 1974. Guru Purnima and the day of Swami's Samadhi are regarded as significant days in Pawas. His residence is now converted into an ashram which is used as a lodging and boarding facility for devotees.
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