Religious Places Around Pune

Moreshwar or MayureshwarLocated Sixty-eight km from Pune (Morgaon, Pune District).

The temple faces the north. Swayambhu (self-generated) idol with a serpent above the head. The temple has eight Ganesha idols in eight corners. These are Ekadanta, Mahodara, Gajanana, Lambodara, Vikata, Nataraja, Dhumravarna, Vakratunda. The God here is worshipped three times every day: at 7 am, noon and at 8 pm.

The God’s palkhi travels from Chinchwad during Magha Shukla chathurti and Bhadrapada Shukla chathurti.

Ganesha, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot.

Ballaleshwar – Pali Located at Pali, Kulaba District about 110 kms from Pune.

The temple faces the east. Swayambhu (self-generated) idol with the trunk to the right. Every morning the sun rays falls directly over Idol is main attraction.

Ganesha is believed to have saved his boy-devotee, Ballala, who was beaten by villagers for his single-minded devotion to the Lord.

Varadavinayaka – MahadLocated at Mahad (Raigad District) about 84 kms from Pune.

Swayambhu (self-generated) idol with the trunk to the left.

The nandadeep here is kept burning continuously and is said to be shining since 1892.

The idol was found in the adjoining lake of the temple is main attraction.

Chintamani – TheurLocated at Theur(Pune District) 22 kms from Pune.

The temple faces the north. Swayambhu (self-generated) idol with the trunk to the left.

Ganesha is believed to have got back the precious Chinatamani jewel from the greedy Guna for sage Kapila at this spot.

This was the favourite temple of Shrimant Madhavarao Peshwe. He stayed here during his last illness and breathed his last near the temple and his wife Ramabai performed sati close by.

Girijatmaka – LenyadriLocated at Lenyadri(Pune District) about 90 kms from Pune.

The temple is on a hill, which has 283 steps. The hill is full of caves. The idol faces north and this particular idol has to be worshipped form the rear of the temple.

It is believed that Parvati performed penance to beget Ganesha at this point.

Shri Vighnahar – OzarLocated at Ozhar( JunnarDistrict Pune).

Swayambhu (self-generated) idol with the trunk to the left. Temple faces East and has several idols. There is a beautiful deepamala in the temple.

It is believed that Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of Bajirao Peshwa had a golden kalasa fitted on the temple tower as thanksgiving for his victory over the Portuguese at Vasai. But records show that the temple was built only in 1785. It has been hence reconstructed.

Mahaganapati – RanjangaonLocated at Ranjangaon (Pune District) about 50kms from Pune.

The temple faces the east. The real idol is buried behind the idol that can be seen in the temple. Mahaganapati is believed to have eight, ten or twelve hands. According to some, the unseen idol has ten trunks and twenty hands.

Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripuraasura here.

Madhavrao Peshwa made a room in the basement of the temple to keep the idol of the lord Ganesh. Later on Sardar Kibe of Indore renovated it.

About sixteen km from the temple stands the samadhi of Shri Limbaraj Maharaj.

Siddhivinayaka – SiddhatekLocated at Siddhatek(Ahmednagar District) about 19 km from Daund.

Swayambhu (self-generated) idol with the trunk to the right. The temple situated next to Bhima river,faces the north and has idols of other gods like Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati.

Vishnu vanquished the demons Madhu and Kaitab after propitiating Ganesha here. A dharmashala for travelling pilgrims has been built here.

Tips to DiveteesAstha Vinayak Temples are within the range of 20-110 kms.

It is believed that devotees should visit Moregaon,Siddhatek,Pali, Mahad, Theur, Lenyandri, Ozar, Ranjangaon in order and then again Moregaon will end Ashtavinayak Yatra.

Private or S.T bus facility available.

ShirdiLocated 205 KMs from Pune (Shirdi-Mumbai 302 Km, Shirdi-Aurangabad 144 Km, Shirdi-Nashik 123 Km).

Nearest Airport from Shirdi-Aurangabad (144 Kms)

Sai Baba’s statue made of Italian marble.

People of all religions worship Sai Baba is the speciality.

The ‘Bhoopali’, a prayer in the form of a song sung in the wee hours of the morning, is not to be missed.

Thursday is a special day for pilgrims.

Other important places worth visiting at Shirdi include the Gurusthan, the Dwarkamai mosque Lendi Baug and Sakori Ashram.

On occasions like Gurupoornima, Dassera and Ramnavami devotees flock to this holy place to offer prayers.

Area: 1.3 Sq. km. Best season: Throughout the year.

Daily Programmes

Bhupali—5.00 a.m.Kakad Arati — 5.15 a.m.

Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba — 6.00 a.m.

Darshan begins — 7.00 a.m.

Satyanarayana Pooja — 9.00 a.m.

Abhishek — 9.00 a.m.

Noon Arati — 12.00 noon

Pravachan or Pujan — 4.00 p.m.

Dhuparati Sunset Bhajan, Keertan — 9.00 p.m.

Shejarati — 10.00 p.m.

Tips to Divetees

Reception centres are opened opposite S.T. Bus stand for any enquiry.

Medical facilities at well-equipped Sainath Hospital run by the Shirdi Sansthan.

Accommodation of the Sai Baba Sansthan — Bhakti Niwas, Keshav Mandir, Mangal Karyalaya, Sai Nath Chhaya, Sai Niwas Guest House, Sai Prasad, Sai Udyan, Samadhi Mandir, Sevadham, Shanti Niwas.

A Locker facility is available for keeping luggage.

Tourist Information Centres

Executive Officer, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi, P.O. Shirdi-423 109. Kopargaon, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India.

For more information visit http://www.saibaba.org

 

Shani-ShinganapurLocated about 150 kms from Pune on Pune- Aurangabad Highway.

Famous for Shanaishwar Temple.

Shani Shingnapur is one of the frequently visited places by devotees visiting Shirdi. People visiting this holy place will be surprised to find that all the houses here do not have doors.

Only frames exist. It is believed that the Lord Shani punishes those who enter any house with the intention of robbing. The thief is either nabbed before reaching the village limits or the Lord Shani strikes him down.

The idol is 5 feet 9 inches tall placed not in the temple, but on the plinth in the open.

After taking holy bath men should go wet by wearing saffron oloured cloth for performing pooja. Women are not allowed to perform puja standing on the plinth.

Yatra is held on Shani-Amavasya and on Gudi-padwa.

BhimashankarLocated 115 Kms from Pune.

This is one among 12 Jyotirlingas.

This is the place where the Bhima river got its origin.

Origin of river Bhima, Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak etc are the other places to visit.

This place has everything to attract the visitors-deep forests, rivers, wildlife sanctuary with variety of animals, birds, flowers and plants, which gives a feeling of being in a paradise.

Lovely place to visit for nature lovers.

JejuriJejuri,known for its deity of Khandoba, located 40 Kms away from Pune towards Phaltan.

Jejuri is a famous temple of Maharashtra, which is dedicated to Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand. God worshipped by Dhangars, one of the oldest tribes in Maharashtra.

This temple is having 200 steps to climb.

Yatra is held in the month of Chaitra,Margashir,Paush and magh (Hindu calendar months).

AlandiLocated 22 kms away from Pune, standing on the banks of river Indrayani.

Sant Dnyaneshwar’s (the authour of Dnyaneshwari) ‘samadhi’ is located here.

Yatra is held during Ashadhi-Kartiki Ekadashi.

 

Dehu24km from Pune it is frequented by the PCM, PCMT and ST buses.

Dehu is an age-old town on the river Indrayani.

The famous poet, Saint Tukaram was born and brought up here. Abhang Gatha, his eternal creation has a proud place in Marathi literature. According to a legend, the adversaries of the saint poet mercilessly sank his entire collection of Abhangas in the river, but low and behold, to their surprise, the Gatha surfaced and was saved. Also located here are temples of Shiva and Vishnu worth seeing.

NarayanpurLocated about 50 kms from Pune ( Between Dive Ghat and Saswad).

This temple is replica of original Tirupati Balaji.

Datta Temple is another famous temple in Narayanpune.

BaneshwarLocated about 35 Kms from Pune.

An old temple of Lord Shiva having five Shivlings is located in dense forest, hence called ‘Baneshwar’.

This temple was built by Bajirao Peshwa – I.

Since this place is surrounded by beautiful forest with small water falls, garden etc.. , this is a good picnic sopt.

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