9 Best Temples In Pune

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The city of Pune houses many beautiful architectural examples in the form of temples. Here enlisted are 9 of them.

1. Bhimashankar Temple:

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Bhimashankar temple located in Khed, very near to the city of Pune is a Jyothirlinga shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is also the source to River Bhima which flows southeast and meets with River Krishna in Raichur. The composition of the temple is related to Nagara style of architecture and is said to be built in the 13th century. There’s also a shrine dedicated to Kamalaja, an incarnation of Parvati within the temple. Maha Shiva Ratri is celebrated here.

2. Parvati Hill Temples:

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Parvati Hill, a hillock in the city of Pune houses 5 temples located atop which are Devdeveshwar temple, Kartikeya temple, Vishnu temple, Vitthai temple and Rama temple. A total of 103 steps have to be climbed to reach the top where devotees can visit the temple. The main temple is made of black stone and is dedicated to Devdeveshwara.

3. Chaturshringi Temple:

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The Chaturshringi temple was built during the reign of Maratha King, Shivaji and is located on slope of a hill on Senapati Bapat Road. Chaturshringi literally means a mountain with four peaks and the temple stands 90 feet tall and 125 feet wide. It is considered to be a symbol of faith and power. To reach the temple, one has to climb 100 steps. The presiding deity is the idol of Goddess Chaturshringi and there are other idols dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesha and eight miniature idols of Asthavinayaka.

4. Bhuleshwar Temple:

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Bhuleshwar temple was constructed back in the 13th century during the era of the Pandavas. It’s an ancient temple surrounded by thick forest and thus the significance of its name. The temple is dedicated to holy shrine of Lord Shiva and has five Shiva lingams dedicated to him within the sanctum of the temple. As the Shiva lingams remain hidden in a trench, they can only be seen in light. There are also other idols dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahadev.

5. Dagaduseth Halwai Ganapati Temple:

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Dagaduseth Halwai Ganapati temple is a very popular Hindu temple in Maharashtra and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Ganesha’s idol is 7.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and the temple is said to be over 100 years old. The temple has a trust fund named The Halwai Ganapati Trust which carries on philanthropic work. During Ganeshotsav festival, from commoners to celebrities, everybody visits the temple.

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6. Neelkantheswar Temple:

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Neelkantheswar temple located near Pune is one of those lesser known places. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on a hillock 900 mt. above sea level. The place is gradually becoming a popular weekend getaway for locals of Maharashtra. Although the temple requires about an hour of steep climb to the top of the hillock to reach the temple. In the evenings, one can experience beautiful sunset as well.

7. Pataleshwar Cave Temple:

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Pataleshwar Cave temple is a rock-cut temple carved during the period of Rashtrakuta in the 8th century is made of basalt rock and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a Shiva lingam. The temple entrance also has a Nandi mandapa. The temple by the government has been declared as a protected monument of the city.

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8. Moreshwar Ganapati Temple:

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Moreshwar Ganapati temple is located in Morgaon district of Pune is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple marks the beginning and ending point of eight Asthavinayaka temples in the state of Maharashtra. It is believed that Ganapati saint Morya Gosavi has been associated with the temple though the original date of the construction remains unknown. Ganesh Jayanti and Ganesh Chaturthi are the most prominent festivals of this temple.

9. Narayani Dham Temple:

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Shri Narayani Dham temple located at Katraj in Pune came to existence in the year 1983. The temple houses various idols of deities like Lord Hanuman, Shri Shyam Baba Jot, Shiva linga, Lord Ganesha and so on. The presiding deity of the temple is though Goddess Narayani. The temple performs various rituals and services on a daily basis.

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