It is the Gram Daivat of Pune. Kasba peth is near Lal Mahal and the kasba Ganpati is the Ganpati of fiest Honor in Pune. So it has the first previlage in Ganesh Utsav Procession. Jijabai, the mother of Chh. Shivaji Maharaj had put up the statue of Ganesh. On her behalf, Dadoji Kondadev had put on a tent in front of this statue. Now it is a famous temple in Pune.
The Chaturshringi Temple also spelt as Chaturshrungi Temple is a Hindu temple in the city of Pune in Maharashtra state of India.The temple is located on the slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road. It is said to have been built during the reign of the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The temple is looked after by Chaturshringi Devasthan (Temple) trustees.
This is one of the most famous landmarks of Pune. Though the hill is in the Southern half of the city, it is visible from almost every part of Pune. There are 108 steps that lead to the temple dedicated to Parvati and Devadeshwar. There are also temples dedicated to Vishnu, Ganesh and Kartikeya. Climbing to the top of the hill can be rewarding as one can enjoy an excellent paranomic view of Pune. A group of beautiful temples of Ganesh and Kartikeya which are from the 17th( At the time of Nana Saheb Peshwa) century are Parvati’s attractions. The Parvati museum houses portraits of heroes of the Peshwa Dynasty, besides old manuscripts, weapons and coins. According to records, the main idol was carved out of gold by craftsmen from Karnataka. Later on it was stolen on 1932, it was replaced by silver idols plated with gold.
Supposedly home to one of the 12 highly sacred Jyotirlinghas in India, Bhimashankar Temple is a revered religious site near Pune. According to Shiv Mahapuran, once Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma had a heated argument related to superiority of creation of the universe. To test them, Lord Shiva divided the 3 worlds into pillars of light and named them jyotirlinga. Both of them started downwards and upwards to find the end of this light. Lord Vishnu confessed his defeat that he couldn’t find the end while Brahma lied that he was the first one to find the end. The one at Bhimshankar Temple is among the most auspicious jyotirlinga shrines. The temple itself is a fine example of architectural splendour of the 13th century. The premise has Sabhamandap and Shikhara as well which was constructed by Nana Phadnavis during the 18th century.
A well known place, 40 kms away from Pune, Jejuri is famous for the ancient temple of Lord Khandoba, as known as Khandobachi Jejuri. A “Yatra” is held in the months of Chitra, Margashirsha, Puash and Magh (months of Hindu calender). While on the way to the temple, one gets a view of the Dive Ghat. Deep Mala is popular over here. To reach the temple, one has to climb 200 steps.Jejuri also has historical importnace as Shivaji and Shahaji had discussed the strategy against the Mughals here. Various weapons of those times can be seen here.
Lord Ganesh is the protector of his devotees. Eight effigies found among the nature, sculptured by nature have been housed in temples created ages ago at the places where the effigies were first identified.These are “Swayumbhu” effigies. Out of these Ashtavinayakas, six temples viz. Morgaon (Moreshwar),Theur (Chintamani), Ranjangaon (Mahaganapati), Ozar (Vighnahar), Lenyadri (Girijatmak), Siddhatek (Siddhivinayak) are in Pune district.
Situated on the bank of river Indrayani, this is the birth place of Saint Tukaram Maharaj. Pilgrims come here in large numbers. It is 34 kms away from Pune city.
Alandi is 25 kms away from Pune. Popularly known as “Devachi Alandi” (God’s Place) has Samadhi and a temple of the saint poet Dnyaneshwar. The temple was built in 1570. Saint Dnyaneshwar wrote the Marathi translation of the ‘Bhagvat Geeta’ called ‘Dnyaneshwari’. The othet famous places in Alandi are Vitthal-Rakhumai temple, Ram temple, Krishna temple and Muktai temple. Saint Dnyaneshwar spent most of his life-span in Alandi. The Palkhi, which is in the month of Ashadh, carried by the pilgrims from Alandi to Pandharpur covers almost 150 kms of distance.The famous wall on which Saint Dnyaneshwar flew to meet Chandev is also present here.