A sprawling city in the state of Maharashtra, and the second largest city in the state after Mumbai. Pune houses some of the most popular temples of the state and the country.
Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple
This temple tops the list as it is one of the most famous Ganpati temples in the world. The temple was built in 1893 by ‘Dagdusheth Gadve’ who was a famous ‘halwai’ along the busy streets. The sweet seller was struck with tragedy with his son dying of plague and he was suggested by his guru to build a Ganpati temple. This was how the temple came into being. In the temple today, stands a magnificent 7.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide idol of the Hindu God and is adorned with about 8 kilos of gold making it one of the richest Ganesha temples in India.
Chatushrungi Mata Temple
The temple is dedicated to goddess Chatushrungi which is another name for goddess Saraswati, goddess Lakshmi and goddess Kali. The word ‘Chatushrungi’ literally means ‘four mountain peaks’ and temple stands at 125 feet, located on a hill at Senapati Bapat Road, and is only accessible after climbing a hundred steps. A grand fair also takes place at the temple during Navratri.
Parvati Hill Temple
The Parvati temple was built way back in the 17th century and is located on a hill at approximately 2100 feet above the sea level. One has to climb 103 stairs in order to reach the temple. Due to the height, one gets a beautiful view of the surroundings after reaching the temple. The stairs are not very steep making it ideal to climb and are built of stone symbolizing the fine work of past artisans.
Located at Shanivar Peth, this temple is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest as well as the biggest temples of the city and was built during the Peshwa regime. The temple boasts of huge domes and a splendid and magnificent architecture. The intricate carvings over the domes leave those who visit in awe of it.
Kasba Ganpati is also referred to as the deity of the city and its protector. It is located near the historical site Shaniwar Wada and is said to be the first deity of Pune. The Ganpati festival adds a great celebrative vibe to the temple and is the best time to visit.