If there is one place in the western ghats where mother nature has bestowed its bounty in abundance, its Vedganga Valley in Bhudargad Taluka of Kolhapur District. The Place is unique in many ways. Since time immemorial it has been an abode to saints and soldiers alike. During Vedic period the Rushis and Munies (sages) built their Ashrams on the bank of the river that flowed turbulently through the forests and plains in the valley. The Rushis chanted Mantras and taught Vedas to the young disciples. It was because of this that the river came to be known as Vedganga.

Basically, the whole of Bhudargad Taluka of Kolhapur district is hilly and backward. There is no industry of any kind in this Taluka. People are ignorant and poor, but honest and hardworking. There are 33,034 land holders in this Taluka holding over 63,000 hectors of cultivable land in their names. They are solely dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. In the absence of any other source of income, the only way how their miseries could be alleviated, is by converting their Non- Irrigated lands into Irrigated lands and then starting some sort of processing industry. The salvation dam, as the locals call it, is at Pathagaon. It was completed in the year 1993 - 94. It is expected that at its present capacity the dam will bring under irrigation a total of seven thousand nine hundred and sixty hectares of land of which approximately 15.38% will be utilized for cultivation of cane.