Places of Attraction in and around Pune

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#46 Jul 25th, 2015, 14:15
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Can one take the expressway?

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If you want to take the expressway for reaching Neelkantheshwar, then on reaching Warje you will have to take a right turn towards Shivane. This road leads to Neelkantheshwar. Make sure that you are in Neelkantheshwar in broad daylight. This is desolate countryside after Peacock Bay & could be dangerous at nights.
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25) Omkareshwar Temple: This temple is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has been declared as a heritage structure by the ASI. It is located in Shaniwar Peth in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Mutha.
The temple was built in the eighteenth century between 1732 & 1736. The temple was built by the spiritual guru of the Peshwas, Shivram Bhatt Chitrav during the reign of Sadashivbhau, the son of Chimajiappa. The samadhi of Chimaiappa is situated in this temple where he went to his heavenly abode. It is said that Shivram Bhatt found some treasure while digging this land, which he took to the Peshwas. Pleased by his honesty, the Peshwas asked him to use the newly found wealth for some good cause. Hence he began the construction of the temple. The total expenditure incurred for the construction during those times was Rs. one lakh.
The temple is mainly built in basalt stone with its roof & spires in bricks & lime. The main spire of the temple (the shikhar) is intricately carved with layers depicting the images of different Hindu deities. Besides the main one, there are eight smaller spires with inner hollow hemispheres. The inner sanctum is surrounded by a verrandah with columns. The columns are in the shape of circles, polygons & squares. As soon as one enters the main gateway, there is a mandap which houses a huge statue of Nandi. This is constructed in a large & open courtyard. The courtyard itself is surrounded by a structure which houses the inner sanctum. There is an agnikund in front of the Nandi mandap.
The premises also house a Datta mandir, Bhavani mata temple, Maruti temple, Shani temple & a Vishnu temple. There is a huge room inside the main spire. This was primarily used by the revolutionaries to hide themselves during the freedom struggle. There is also a Nagarkhana.
There are four main festivals followed in the temple viz. the birth celebration of the temple, the death anniversary of Chimajiappa, the festival of Mahashivratri & Tripurari Pournima.

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#49 Aug 20th, 2015, 23:01
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26) Punyadham Ashram: This is an old age home. But there is a lovely Shiva temple in the premises open to the public. The temple is called the Siddheshwar temple. The temple is beautifully made in sandstone. This is located in Kondhwa near Maral Kata (weigh bridge). This is an upcoming residential area of Pune. The Shiva linga is huge with an elegant statue of goddess Parvati in the rear.
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27) Amruteshwar temple: This temple is located in the Shaniwar Peth area just across the bridge from the PMC bus stand on the right hand side. This is a slightly neglected temple but worthy of visiting. There are two shiva temples in the premises. One of the shiva temples has a beautiful statue of sun god mounted on a chariot. The other temple is bigger and has a lovely 'gaumukh' for its drainage. There is a Ram temple also in the same premises. It has three lovely idols of Ram, Laxman & Sita.
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28) Shitole Wada: This old structure is located very close to the Kasba Ganapati temple of Pune. It is located on the right side of the road which leads from the famous Kasba temple to the 'Tambat Ali', the lane housing the ignored copper smiths from Pune.
The main owner of this heritage residence was Raje Rajendra Shitole Deshmukh who belonged to the Sisodia dynasty. The descendents of the Sisodia dynasy came to Pune from northern India nearly twelve hundred years ago. They were the owners of huge tracts of land in and around Pune. They were also owners of land in cities of Madhya Pradesh like Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Gwalior etc.
There is a wonderful temple of Narsimha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in the premises. It houses a very unique & lovely idol of Lord Narsimha along with goddess Parvati, perhaps the only one of its kind.
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29) Bhau Rangari Temple: This temple is located very close to the famous Shanivarwada in the 'Sakal' press lane. Bhau Rangari was a famous Ayurvedic practitioner. His real name was Bhau Laxman Javale. He opened an ayurvedic clinic for the poor & needy in 1867. His hereditary occupation was dyeing of sarees. This structure was erected by him near Shanivarwada. Many famous saints viz. Saibaba of Shirdi, Akkalkot Swami have visited this clinic. This structure has also seen the origin of India's first Ganesh festival.
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30) Belbaug temple: This is an old Peshwa era temple. The Vishnu Sansthan Belbaug Mandir was built in 1769 by Nana Phadnavis. It is located on the busy Laxmi road in the heart of Pune city. Surprisingly not many people residing in Pune would be aware of its existence even though the chowk next to it carries the name of the temple. The temple is very inconspicuous in spite of being located on a busy thoroughfare. The temple is very serene & once we enter it, there is total isolation from the chaos outside. The temple is very well maintained & some descendents of Nana Phadnavis still stay here. The temple is an excellent example of ancient Maratha architecture. The temple is a must visit. The inner sanctum carries lovely idols of goddess Laxmi & Lord Narayan. They are simply unique & a must see. There is also another small sanctum next to the main sanctum which carries a shivalinga with a snake around it. The silver makhar behind the Laxminarayan idol is exquisite. Some paintings of the ancient era are still visible on the ceiling at the entrance of the inner sanctum.
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#54 Oct 8th, 2015, 14:18
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Very nice information and greats pictures.
Pune is really one of the best place for traveling.Pune is a really a land of food, festival and travel.
#55 Oct 8th, 2015, 14:20
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Are you planning a visit to Pune in the near future? you should definitely check out this places.
#56 Oct 23rd, 2015, 17:48
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Amazing Pictures,Thanks for sharing this information.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra,Pune culture reflects a blend of traditions with modernity.
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@jaydeep ... Thank you for given most importance information
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Morachi Chincholi is the best place for picnic near Pune. Its a bird sanctuary centre. You can find a lot of peacock there. Most relaxing place in pune.
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