Pilgrim Centres

MORGAON

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Shri Mayureshwar
This is the most important temple on this tour. The temple, built from black-stone during the Bahamani reign, has four gates (It is supposed to have been built by one of the knights named Mr. Gole, from the court of Bidar's Sultan). The temple is situated in the centre of the village. The temple is covered from all sides by four Minarets and gives feeling of a mosque if seen from a distance. This may have been done to prevent attacks on the temple during mughal periods. The temple has 50feet tall wall around it.

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If driving, head past Hadapsar towards Loni, cross Yewat, Chauphula and Supa, before finally arriving at Morgaon.

Distance from Pune: 
56 km

RANJANGAON

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Shri Mahaganapati

Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripurasura here. The temple was built by Shiva where he worshipped Ganesha, and the town he set up was called Manipur which is now known as Ranjangaon.

The idol faces the east, is seated in a cross-legged position with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left. It is said that the original idol is hidden in the basement, having 10 trunks and 20 hands and is called Mahotkat, however, the temple authorities deny existence of any such idol.

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Distance from Pune: 
50 km

Shri Siddhivinayak

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The Hindu god Vishnu is supposed to have vanquished the demons Madhu and Kaitabh after propitiating Ganesh here.

This is the only idol with the trunk pointing to the right.
Shri Siddhi Vinayak, Siddhatek
Shri Siddhi Vinayak, Siddhatek

It is believed that the two saints Shri Morya Gosavi and Shri Narayan maharaj of Kedgaon received their enlightenment here.

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Located near Nagar district, it is assessible by bus or train. Take the train to Daund or Boibel, and a bus to the temple from there.

Distance from Pune: 
99 km

THEUR

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Shri Chintamani
Ganesha is believed to have got back the precious Chinatamani jewel from the greedy Guna for sage Kapila at this spot. However, after bringing back the jewel, sage Kapila put it in Vinayaka's (Ganesha's) neck. Thus the name Chintamani Vinayak. This happened under the Kadamb tree, therefore Theur is known as Kadambanagar in old times.

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The temple is situated near the naturopathy centre of Urli Kanchan, and can be easily accessed by State Transport buses.

Distance from Pune: 
22 km

PALI

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Ballaleshwar Pali
Ballaleshwar Pali temple is one of the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, Ashtavinayak. Among Astavinayakas, Pali's Ballaleshwar is the only vinayak who is famous by his devotee's name. It is located in village Pali which is at a distance of 30kms from Karjat in Sudhagad taluka of Raigad district. It is situated between fort Sarasgad and the river Amba.

The temple

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Head from Pune to Lonavala and then to Khopoli, Pali is the next village.

Distance from Pune: 
111 km

MAHAD

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Mahad is a city and a municipal council in Raigarh district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is situated about 175km to the south of Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay). It has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and pleasant climate. Mahad has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of some great personalities. It is famous for the Satyagraha of Dr.

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Off the Mumbai-Pune highway, break away at Lonavela from where you drive down towards Khopoli and then Mahad. The Konkan railway also passes the Mahad station.

Distance from Pune: 
84 km

NARAYANPUR

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Narayanpur is a famous temple in Pune region. It lies to the south of Pune. One can reach Narayanpur either from Dive ghat and Saswad or from Katraj Ghat and Satara Road. Narayanpur is situated at the bottom of famous Purandar fort. Though the road to the temple is not good, still the trip is enjoyable because of the beauty of the nature.

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Regular buses from Swargate PMT and ST Stand to Saswad.

Distance from Pune: 
35 km

BANESHWAR

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Baneshwar has an old temple of Lord Shiva which was built by Bajirao Peshwa-1. The idols of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi and Lord Mahadev in the temple are beautiful.
As the temple is in dense woods and it seems like a Jungle, hence called 'Baneshwar'. There are five Shivlings. It is also a famous picnic spot. There is a beautiful garden, a small water fall, hence a stream of water all these make up Baneshwar a nice picnic spot.

Distance from Pune: 
35 km

SAJJANGAD

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Sajjangad is a popular place for pilgrims in Maharashtra. This is the well known place of Sant Ramdas Swami - Spiritual guru of Shivaji Maharaj. He lived here for whole of his life and passed away here only.
Now a days , the maintenance of the fort and samadhi of Sant Ramdas is taken care by Shri Samarth Seva Mandal.

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Regular buses from Swargate ST Stand and rickshaws or buses from Satara.

Distance from Pune: 
123 km
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SHRI GHORWADESHWAR

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This place is known for its temple and numerous caves. Archaeologists believe that these caves were built in the latter half of the 3rd century AD. Thousands of people from the neighboring villages collect here every Mahashivratri.

Besides the Pataleshwar caves, Ferguson college hill, I.T.I. Aundh hill in Pune, hardly any one will be aware of the SHRI GHORWADESHWAR caves those falling 32 K.M. north-west of the Mumbai - Pune Highway.

How to get there: 

Regular buses from Shivajinagar.

Distance from Pune: 
124 km
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