Mahad (Marathi: ) is a city and a municipal council in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is situated about 175 km to the south of Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay). It has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and pleasant climate.
Mahad has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of some great personalities. Mahad is considered as Land of Freedom Fighters and many revolutionary freedom moments of India are occurred here. It is famous for the Drinking Water Satyagraha of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar for the Dalits at Chavdar Tale. It is also a holy place for Buddhist clan. Apart from this, it had a glorious history during the rule of the great Maratha King Shivaji. It was part of Birwadi Subha (Tehsil) and was ruled by Birwadi Subhedar's Kadams (Mahamunkars). Apart from this, Mahad was the central market for people of Poladpur, Raigad village and the Cool Hill Station Mahabaleshwar. It has a very huge market in the part. As per mythological story, The ancient Pandav Lene is the sculptured houses built in one night by the Pandavas.