Bhood, Maharashtra

Lord Bhoodsidhhnatha
Lord Bhoodsidhhnatha

Bhood is a village in Khanapur tehsil of Sangli district in Maharashtra, India. It is located near the city Vita. It is a famous place due to its Lord Bhoodsiddhnath Temple. Lord Bhoodsiddhnath is the Gramadevata of Bhood.

The population of Bhood is 1,889 according to the 2011 Census, with agriculture being the prime occupation of the village’s residents. Some residents are also employed at a Gold Refinery and the Jewellery business. Bhood is recipient of the Nirmal Gram Purskar in Sant Gadage Baba Gram Swachata Abhiyan.

Lord Bhoodsiddhnath is the Gramadevata of Bhood and his annual festival is held during and coinciding with Chaitra Krishna Ashtami known as Chaitra Ashtami, which is a three day celebration of the Lord’s wedding ceremony. On the first day bullock cart races are organized near the temple. The second day is the most important day, with the Sasankathi (Holy long wooden pole or metallic bar) and the Diva (Holy lamp) are the main attractions. On the third day Kusumba (a type of Bhang) is served as the Prasadam to the Lord.

Bhood has a population of 1,889. With the male population at 898 and the female at 991. There are 1,104 females per 1,000 males in the village amongst 455 households. People of various ethnic groups live in Bhood. Most of the people in the Bhood are of Maratha ancestry, while the Kadam-Patil are a major community. Most people use the Marathi language. Because of its gold-refinery and jewelery business many people of Bhood are today spread throughout India. According to 1991 Census, the population of Bhood was 1395.

The village has a semi arid, hot and dry climate consisting of mainly three seasons. Summers are long, ranging almost five months from mid February to June. Temperatures in summer fall between 35 °C (95 °F) – 40 °C (104 °F). However, it may reach higher than 40 °C in searching summer. May is the hottest month of a year with an average day temperature of 37 °C (98.6 °F) in the village. Winters are short with temperatures ranging within 15 °C (59 °F) – 21 °C (69.8 °F). December is the coldest month in a year. Relative humidity in winter is the lowest and December is the driest month in a year with the relative humidity as low as 30%. Rains are scarce and occur only during the Monsoon from mid June to September. Annual average rainfall is about 25.5 inches (647.7 mm). September gets the maximum rainfall in a year while July has the maximum rainy days.