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Puneites Protest Road Widening Plan at the Cost of Trees


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Pune|December 6, 2015: Hundreds of residents led by the ICS Colony, Bhosale Nagar mohalla committee took to the streets on Saturday protesting the proposed road widening by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) from Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Co-operative Management (Vamnicom) to Spicer College, a project that would affect over 2,000 trees besides creating more traffic issues.

Residents claim that the road widening project is being hurried by civic authorities even before the process of land acquisition has been completed in order to aid a private developer’s upcoming property. Over 2,000 signatures were collected by the protestors against the plan. Not only did residents of nearby areas join in the protest, but also those of mohalla committees from all over the city besides students of the institute.

Suvarna Akhegaonkar, one of the members of the local mohalla committee, said that residents first raised their voice against the proposed road when the draft of the development plan was made public about two years ago. “No kind of public consultation or ecological impact assessment has been done for what appears to be a very hurried project. We had sent nearly 800 objections but haven’t received any reply from them. And now we hear that they are already trying to acquire the land and start the process which is why we have started signature campaigns, both physically and on the Internet, to save the trees,” she said.

Another member, Subhash Bhishikar, said that the immediate trigger to the protest was the news that PMC has decided to start work on a 750-metre patch on a budget of Rs 2.51 crore for the stretch of road from Vamnicom to Joshi Gate of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
“Not only would this lead to cutting of 2,000 trees and a part of the hillock (tekdi), thus threatening the flora and fauna, but it doesn’t solve the traffic problem either as it would create a bigger vehicular burden at University chowk. Had this project been in public interest, we wouldn’t have objected to it. But all the people here are up in arms as this is in vested interest,” said Ameya Jagtap, a Bhosale Nagar resident and also a member of the PMC’s tree authority.

In fact even Vamnicom authorities are opposing the road widening plan and have even invited the wrath of PMC in the form of a legal notice for not allowing a survey of their premises. “Firstly, this is a central government institute and the PMC has not obtained any permission for road widening or even survey.

We are opposing the proposal as it has serious consequences to the institute. Not only will it disturb the ecology, but also increase noise and air pollution. Vehicular traffic will pose a threat and nuisance to students. They want nearly 10 acres of our land and we will lose many buildings and hostels which we cannot allow. PMC has to consider: development is fine but at what cost?,” said Sanjeeb Patdoshi, director, Vamnicom.

Despite repeated attempts, Rajendra Raut, superintending engineer of the road department, who is in charge of the project, wasn’t available for comment. Residents say that they now plan to collect signatures and put it before civic officials next week.


PMPML Adds One More Luxury Bus for Hinjewadi, Wakad Commuters

Pune|December 7, 2015: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has started luxury bus service on the Wakad-Hinjewadi phase III route.

Kailas Gawde, PMPML’s traffic manager operations, said, “Guardian minister Girish Bapat has donated a luxury bus through his funds which has increased the number of buses on the route from three to four. This will improve the frequency of buses. We will monitor commuters’ response for a month before deciding on adding more buses.”


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Satish Ghate, manager of PMPML’s Nigdi bus depot, said, “We had started a shuttle bus service on the Wakad-Hinjewadi route two years back. The response, so far, has been good. Commuters coming from Katraj, Wadgaon, Warje-Malwadi, Bavdhan and other areas reach by PMPML buses at Wakad and board the shuttle service buses to go to the IT companies in Hinjewadi. The buses in the shuttle bus service are parked near the Wakad octroi post. PMPML conductors and drivers have been given instructions that they should not start the journey till the all the seats are occupied by passengers in the bus. As a result there is good response to the buses and we plan to increase number of buses plying on this shuttle bus service route.”

Ghate added, “We think IT professionals would appreciate the luxury bus service and demand more such buses on this route. Increasing congestion on the road between Wakad and Hinjewadi demands that IT professionals must shun private vehicles and use PMPML buses instead.”

Vinay alias Vinayak Gaikwad, local corporator, said, “Mayor Shakuntala Dharade flagged off the bus on the Kaverinagar police line-Hinjwadi phase II route which passes through Pink City road-Mankar chowk-Wakad chowk.”

Increasing congestion on the road between Wakad and Hinjewadi demands that IT professionals must shun private vehicles and use PMPML buses instead.


PMC Anti-Encroachment Department Ablaze Twice in One Year

pmc-anti-encroachment-department-ablazePune|December 7, 2015: The holiday started with a massive fire at the Pune Municipal Corporation’s anti-encroachment department’s depot on Handewadi Road at Hadapsar. This is the second time the same depot has been set ablaze within a year thus raising questions on whether it’s being done deliberately.

The depot is used by PMC to hold the material seized during the anti-encroachment drives conducted by the department in the city. This is where the fire broke at around 4 AM on Sunday. The entire material inside was soon on fire and the flames were so major that they could be seen coming out of the depot from a far distance.

The fire brigade soon arrived at the destination but had a tough time controlling the fire. Prashant Ranpise, chief fire officer of PMC, said, “We got the call around 4 am and managed to douse the flames only around 9.15— that’s how intense the flames were. We need two fire tenders and two water tankers to gain control over the blaze.”

When asked about the possible reason behind the incident, Ranpise said, “By the time our team reached the spot, the fire had spread and it was difficult to find the cause. There was material inside the depot which was also burning, causing the flames to spread faster.”

Last year, a similar fire had broken out at the depot in the first week of November, causing a lot of damage. According to PMC officials, it is a space reserved for the municipal corporation and there were plans to create a vegetable market or garden there, before it became a dumping spot for seized material. With this incident, questions are being raised if the fire is being started deliberately to move the depot to another site.

Opposition leaders have demanded an inquiry. Said Arvind Shinde, opposition leader at PMC, “After PMC seizes material in anti-encroachment drives, it is the responsibility of the civic administration to protect that material. However, with two fires in a year and questions being raised, the civic body should conduct an inquiry and not shy away from its responsibility. Necessary steps should also be taken to avoid such incidents.”

When contacted, Madhav Jagtap, head of PMC’s anti-encroachment department, said, “I have already given orders for a police complaint to be lodged. Following that, an inquiry will be conducted to find out if fire was started deliberately.”


DSK Dream City – A Mega Project on Pune Solapur Road

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The real estate developments in Pune are reaching new heights every passing day. Right from the inception of DSK Vishwa – the first ever community living project in Pune to the development of ace commercial centers and IT Park, the city has seen tremendous changeover past a few decades.

Today, several acclaimed real estate developers in Pune are coming up with amazing project across the city. The properties in Hinjewadi, Phursungi and the Pune-Solapur highway are gaining attention of potential buyers and real estate investors.

Looking at the overall development of this area, this connectivity and the rising demand for good residential and commercial spaces in this locale, DSK Developers Limited, a notable name in the Pune’s real estate arena have come up with an aspiring project named the DSK Dream City.

Spread over 300 acres, DSK Dream City acclaims to deliver over 12,000 residential apartments on Pune-Solapur highway with an estimated investment of Rs.8,000-crores. Let’s take a detailed look at the location and what this project has to offer for home buyers.


Located off Pune-Solapur Highway, DSK Dream City maintains a close proximity with some of the key locations like Hadapsar, Phursungi, Wagholi, etc. Following are some of the key aspects of buying or investing in this location:

  • DSK Dream City maintains a close proximity to Hadapsar – one of the prominent commercial and IT Centers in the city
  • Other notable areas close to this project include Wagholi, Kharadi, Viman Nagar, Kalyani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Vadgaonsheri, Pune Camp, and Race Course
  • The project lies in close proximity to the Pune International Airport and the Pune Railway Station
  • The connectivity to all the above areas is blessed with proper roads, flyovers and public transportation
  • The overall area boasts of good hospitals, schools, colleges, shopping malls and recreational hubs

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Project Facilities

Since the entire project covers an area of over 300 acres, DSK Dream City is stuffed with premium residential areas, state-of-the-art rejuvenating options, commercial zones, sports complexes, medical centers, educational centers and much more. Let’s see what this ambitious project has to offer its residents:

Residences: Though the entire DSK Dream City covers several residential projects, the project features their exclusive Waterfall Residences for now. Overlooking the tranquil water bodies smartly placed all across the project, these residences offer you premium 1, 2 and 3 BHK apartments and super luxurious 4 BHK penthouses. Moreover, each residence at Waterfall will be blessed with following facilities:

  • Plush grand lobbies with welcome desk and communication lounge
  • High tech automatic passenger and service lifts with full power backup, inbuilt cameras and auto-floor rescue devices
  • Flush doors with S.S finish brass door fittings
  • Porcelain tiles in all rooms and wooden flooring in master bedroom
  • Quartz stone counter top for kitchen, prepaid piped gas supply, water purifier and modular furniture with hob and hood
  • Concealed copper wiring, provision for inverter, ceiling fans and intercom system in living and provision in all bedrooms
  • High grade sanitary ware and fittings, concealed plumbing, shower area with glass partition, solar heat pumps and chromium plated fittings
  • Video door phone systems and wireless panic switch for elderly

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Amenities: Apart from the entire project amenities, Waterfall Residences are blessed with a chunk of exclusive amenities as follows:

  • Library, reading room and conference room
  • Terrace cafes besides alluring water bodies
  • Dance, aerobics, exercise, yoga and meditation rooms
  • Art, hobbies, music and audio rooms
  • Rooms for table tennis, chess, carom, cards and billiards
  • Room for video games and movies
  • Blow hockey and fossball room
  • Exclusive party lounge, spa and beauty saloon
  • Toddler’ area with sand pits, merry-go-round, spring riders, web climbing, etc.
  • Rain water harvesting, water recycling plant, sewage treatment plant and solid waste management

Exclusive Features

Apart from the amenities for Waterfall residences, the project offers several other exclusive features as follows:

Complete Sports Arena: DSK Dream City boasts of 9 sports academies, 36 international sports facilities and a unique sports museum. Following are some of the sports you and your kids will cherish at this extraordinary project in Phursungi.

  • Tennis, Table Tennis and Badminton
  • Professional Cricket Ground with Indoor Cricket
  • Football
  • Rifle Shooting and archery
  • Billiards
  • Athletics
  • Aquatics
  • Squash court and Basketball court
  • Boxing ring, Wrestling, Judo and Karate
  • Volleyball
  • Skating ring

DSK Dream City Waterfall Residencies Landscape

Artificial River

The project has an overwhelming artificial river running through it. This river also offers transportation across the project. Port Carling Boats, Canada have been zeroed to manufacture DSK boats for the same. Thus, with this amazing feature, DSK Dream City becomes the only township project in Pune or may be the country to offer river transportation as a part of the project.

Tram Service

DSK Dream City offers their residents with a tram system for surface transportation. The Hong Kong Tramways, Hong Kong are going to deliver the trams and provide its operation for this project.

An extraordinary project in itself, DSK Dream City is introducing new conceptual ideas in the world of real estate. With some amazing features like river transportation, tram service, games arena and more, this township project in Phursungi is going to carve its name on the international real estate.

DSK Dream City Phursungi Pune

Polite Panorama: Designed to Delight, Crafted for Comfort

Properties in Dighi have become the next lucrative destination for home seekers as well as real estate investors. The area today is considered to be one of the rapidly developing suburbs with an easy connectivity to some of the important destinations like the Pimpri Chinchwad MIDC, Bhosari, Vishrantwadi, Chikhali, Moshi and many more.


Pimpri Chinchwad, Chakan and Bhosari have always been some of the prime destinations for industries. Since their inception, the suburbs were mainly recognized for several reputed mechanical industries including TATA, Telco, Garware, Thermax, Finolex, etc. With the development of these companies raised the urgency of developing good residential spaces in this area.

Past a few decades, the locales of Pimpri Chinchwad saw an awe inspiring development with well-planned industrial and residential zones. However, with the ever increasing industries and corresponding employee population, soon raised the need of more residential spaces. This led to the development of adjoining areas comprising Dighi.

Dighi today boasts of well commutable roads, public transports, hospitals, educational institutions and good connectivity to the rest of the city. Hence, the locale today has become one of the sought after destinations by home seekers.

Numerous real estate developments are coming up in Dighi every passing day. However, with the equally increasing frauds in the real estate arena, one must ensure to make thoughtful investments in this sector. One of the boasting properties in Dighi today includes Polite Panorama by the Polite Group.

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Featuring elegant 1, 2 and 3 BHK Flats in Dighi, Polite Panorama is located in Gaikwad Nagar facing the lush green hill ranges in this area. Designed to delight and crafted for comfort, the project is endowed with all the modern conveniences that make your living easy.

Apartment Specifications at Polite Panorama

  • R.C.C framed structure
  • 2’x2’ vitrified tiles in all rooms and 1’x1’ matt finish tiles in terrace and bathrooms
  • Flush doors with decorative laminate sheet
  • Windows with safety grill and powdered coted Aluminium sliding windows with mosquito net
  • Granite kitchen platform with stainless steel sink. Provision for exhaust fan in kitchen
  • Concealed plumbing and wiring with elegant modern fixtures
  • Living room ceiling designed with POP
  • Lift with power backup

Amenities at Polite Panorama

  • Attractive security gate with 24×7 security
  • Designer landscaped garden
  • Club house with indoor games and fully equipped gymnasium
  • Sit-outs for senior citizens
  • Provision for Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Fire Fighting systems
  • Solar water heater system
  • Invertor backup for each apartment
  • Power backups for lifts and common areas

Polite Group is a well-known and reputed real estate developer in Pune. With several years of experience in developing ace projects in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, this builder in Pune can be trusted for quality. With Polite Panorama, this developer is offering smartly designed 1, 2 and 3 BHK flats in Dighi, thus, giving home seekers and investors and opportunity to invest wisely in the Pune real estate.

Mahabaleshwar Hill Station

Mahabaleshwar, well-know yet pristine, is one of the most awe-inspiring hill stations near Pune. Well placed in the verdant and sturdy Sahyadri mountain ranges, Mahabaleshwar has carved a niche for itself all across the world. Blessed with serene lush green landscapes, the hill station offers you with a wide range of tourist attractions including never ending valleys, sturdy mountain cliffs, age old temples, historic forts, shopping markets, resorts and rejuvenating destinations.
History of Mahabaleshwar

The historic notification of Mahabaleshwar dates back to around 1215 AD when King Singhan of Deogiri used to rule this region. Considering the source of River Krishna auspicious, the king had built a small temple and water tank here. It’s recorded that King Singhan used to visit this place more than often as he believed it to be his source of inspiration. Then around 1350, the region is noted to be under the rule of a Brahmin dynasty. However, no proper written documents have been incurred to understand the duration they ruled here.
The only further note of this region is obtained from during the period of Chandrarao More, a Maratha King. This ruler had acquired the area of Mahabaleshwar and Javli until Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won it after the fierce battle of Javli. It was 17th century when Shivaji Maharaj acquired this region and re-constructed the Old Mahabaleshwar temple and the Pratapgad fort. Later on, after the intrusion of British, the region became one of the favorite destinations for officers under British Rule. Today, several points here have been named after these officers who even had their bungalows located here.

Tourist Places in Mahabaleshwar

Every of this hill station offers you breathtaking views and experiences of Mother Nature. Loaded with a plethora of tourist attractions, it at least takes 3-4 days to cover up this entire region. Following are some of the worth visiting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar:
Venna Lake: This lake welcomes you to the mesmerizing hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Built around 1841 by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, the then King of Satara, is spanned over 28 acres. Blessed with dense woods on all of its sides, Venna Lake is a perfect welcoming destination to start your tour with. You can enjoy boating and horse riding here. Also, many small eateries and fruit stalls near this lake ensure to give you the first taste of Mahabaleshwar.
Morarji Castle: A perfect example of colonial architecture, Morarji Castle is one of the worth visiting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. The rustic architecture blended with the perfect backdrop of hilly terrain gives this castle an unparalleled look. Part of several historic moments, Morarji Castle was also used by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi during his visit to Mahabaleshwar in the year 1945.
Mount Malcolm: Impressed by the scenic charm of this hill station, John Malcolm, an illustrious general was set on a mission to develop the most fabulous mansion of the colonial era. An excellent example of craftsmanship and architectural splendor, Mr. Malcolm delivered a stunning edifice of the colonial era. Constructed in the year 1829 and named after Mr. Malcolm, the construction still stands intact.
Arthur’s Seat: Believed to be the queen of all points, Arthur’s seat rises approximately 1400 meters above the sea level. Named after Arthur Mallet, an officer during the British rule who built the first house here, this tourist attraction is well known for the arrangement of rocks present here. Often compared with the rock arrangements found at The Great Canyon, this region also offers mesmerizing panoramic view of nearby region.
Kate’s Point: Located in the East of Mahabaleshwar, Kate’s Point is named after the daughter of Sir James Malcom’s daughter who had developed a thorough liking for this place. Offering you mesmerizing views of the Krishna Valley, Needle Hole, Kamalgad Fort, Pandugad Fort and Mhanderdev, Kate’s Point is a perfect destination to experience the glory of Deccan. Moreover, the back waters of Dhom Dam further create the landscape more captivating.
Apart from the above mentioned attractions, the Mahabaleshwar Hill station also has some other attractions including the Bombay Point, Wilson Point, Hunter’s Point, Monkey Point, Mapro Garden and many more.

How to Reach

Mahabaleshwar Hill Station is around 120 kilometers from Pune and is connected with the Pune-Satara Highway or the National Highway 4.

  • Reach Katraj and take the NH-4 towards Satara
  • You will come across villages like Jambulwadi, Shindewadi, Shivapur, Nasrapur, etc.
  • Once you pass Shirval and reach the Khandala-Loni Road, take a right turn towards Panchgani/Mahabaleshwar
  • This road then straightaway takes you to Mahabaleshwar

Within Mahabaleshwar you can take a guide with you or the direction boards here help you to visit all the points with much ease. However, ensure you understand one-ways and no entries to avoid any clashes with the traffic cops.

The Mahabaleshwar Hill Station is a perfect recreational destination that helps you rejuvenate to the core. The verdant surroundings and soothing climate here takes away all the stress and boasts your energy levels. Hence, tourists from Pune and Mumbai are often seen visiting this hill station on weekends. Hope the above information helps you in exploring one of the most beautiful hill stations – Mahabaleshwar.

Mahalaxmi Temple Sarasbaug

Mahalaxmi Temple Sarasbaug is one of the major tourist attractions in Pune. Located just opposite to the legendary Sarasbaug Mandir and at a walking distance from the Parvati Hill, this temple is centrally located and close to one of the most important destinations in the city, Swargate. The mandir is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi, Maha Kali & Maha Saraswati and was founded in the year 1972 by Late Shri Bansilal Ramnath Agarwal.

The magnificently crafted temple ensures that it captivates attention of everyone who passes by. The temple possesses 3 magnificent peaks which are masterfully carved with minute carvings and sculptures of several Hindu gods and are perfectly enthroned on the three deities present in the temple. Moreover, the entire temple has been developed using white marble that further adds an additional grandeur to this majestic architectural specimen.

The Deities

Divided into two parts, the sabha mandapa and the inner sanctum, the temple follows the age old Hindu architectural form. The inner sanctum is further divided into three parts and holds the following three Goddesses:

Goddess Saraswati: Often symbolized as the deity of knowledge, Goddess Saraswati is believed to be the only vedic deity which is still in worship in the country. Cladded in her traditional white attire, a veena and mounted on her beloved peacock, the left sanctum is dedicated to this goddess.

Goddess Mahalaxmi: The central sanctum holds the presiding deity Goddess Mahalaxmi who is often symbolized as wealth and power. The idol is simply captivating and takes the devotee to the spiritual world of bliss and solace.

Goddess Kali: Often symbolized as the slayer of demons, Goddess Kali is in here traditional appearance as coal-black and holding numerous weapons in her hand.


Strategically placed close to Swargate, one of the key locations in the city, the Mahalaxmi Temple is easily accessible from almost all parts of the city. The temple maintains close proximity with:

Located in the heart of the city, the Mahalaxmi mandir can be easily reached using all modes of transport. Frequent buses heading to Swargate are available from almost all parts of the city.

The best time to visit Mahalaxmi Mandir is during the Navratri festival. During Navratri, the entire temple and nearby areas are endowed using lights and other decorations. Several programs are conducted during these days when a huge number of devotees visit the temple. The temple is also mostly visited by people coming to Sarasbaug and Parvati. Believed to be one of the renowned tourist attractions in Pune, the temple is a perfect destination for devotees.

Taljai Temple and Hill

The Taljai temple and hill is one of the worth visiting tourist attractions in Pune. Located in the heart of the city, Sahakarnagar area, the temple here is dedicated to Goddess Taljai. The temple is situated on a small hillock which also holds a preserved forest. Today, the condition of Pune city is worsening by every passing day. With the concrete jungle spreading and expanding the city boundaries in all direction, a hillock blessed with dense trees, chirping birds, colorful butterflies, dancing peacocks and serene atmosphere in the heart of the city can just be dreamt of. However, the Taljai hill makes this dream come true.

About Taljai Temple


Dedicated to Goddess Taljai, the temple is one of the major attractions of the Taljai Hill. The hillock is believed to be named after the goddess Taljai. The Taljai Mata temple comprises of two sanctums. The outer sanctum is a large hall where usually the devotees pray from, whereas the inner sanctum is where rests the divine Goddess Taljai. The surrounding of temple is well maintained with sitting arrangements, tree shades, etc. The best time to visit this temple is during the Navratri. The temple organizes grand functions during these nine days. The entire temple is decorated with flowers and lightings at further make this temple more captivating. Moreover, the spiritual prayers and hymns chanted during the Navratri Puja take you to a world beyond mere spirituality.

About Taljai Hill
Apart from the Taljai Temple, the Taljai Hill has its own fan followers. Blessed with lush green woods and a pleasing environment, the hill is one of the best tourist places to visit in Pune. The Pune Municipal Corporation, analyzing the importance of this hill has taken special efforts to preserve and maintain its serenity. Proper paved pathways, jogging and walking tracks, artifacts for kids and proper compound wall for unwanted intrusions help the visitors to enjoy the best of the nature.
Taljai Hill is blessed with a discrete flora and fauna and hence has been a special attraction amongst bird watchers, photographers, etc. The hill has a good population of peacocks and rabbits. Moreover, one also gets to see enormous species of butterflies and birds if visited at proper timings. The best time to visit the Taljai hill is during early morning and in the evening. During early mornings and late evenings, one get to see the tranquilizing views of sunrise and sunset from this hill.
Taljai Hill is also famous for its mini Ghat. The steep sharped curved road that climbs up the hill simply adds spice to your visit to this hill. While climbing up the hill you will come across a huge playground with a ‘Haunted House’ in one of its corner. There are numerous stories associated with this house however none of them have any strong backgrounds. But a look at this house during late evening can simple pass a chill through your spine.


Located just 4 kilometers from the Swargate bus-stand, Taljai Hill offers you the best of environment in the overly crowded and polluted city. The hill is located close to some of the key destinations including:

  • Sarasbaug Temple – 4 kilometers
  • Parvati Hill Temple – 3 kilometers
  • Katraj Bus-stop – 5 kilometers
  • Kothrud – 7 kilometers
  • Shivajinagar – 8 kilometers
  • Pune Station – 9 kilometers

Efficiently commutable from almost all the places and effectively connected with almost all modes of transport, reaching Taljai Hill is not a difficult task.

Taljai temple and hill today are definitely one of the best attractions in Pune. One can simply plan a trip to this hillock to enjoy its serenity embedded in spirituality. However, if you are looking forward to explore the forest on this hillock, it’s open for the visitors from 5:00 A.M to 9:00 A.M and from 4:30 P.M to 7:00 P.M. You may also explore other attractions located close to this temple including the Parvati Hill Temple and Sarasbaug Temple. Hope the above information help you while visiting this place and ensure you enjoy its true beauty.

Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple

The Dashabhuja Ganpati temple is one of the well-known temples in the city of Pune. Located on the Karve Road, the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Dashabhuja literary means one having ten arms. Lord Dashabhuja is considered to be one of the holiest deities in Pune since the idol has its trunk turned towards right. According to the Hindu mythology, a Ganesha idol whose trunk is twisted towards right is considered to be highly divine and has to be worshipped with proper honors.
The temple of Dashabhuja Ganpati is visited by a huge number of devotees every day. This number reaches the maximum during the auspicious days of Ganesh Jayanti and Ganesh Chathurti.

About Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple

According to historical evidences, the temple of Dashabhuja Ganpati was built during the reign of Peshwas. The temple was founded when one of the sardars of Peshwa, Haripant Phadke was building a well on the plot he owned here. It has also been documented that this temple was further donated to the Peshwas as a part of dowry. Today, the temple is managed by the Shri Devdeveshwar Sansthan, who also takes care of other four temples including the Mrutunjayeshwar Temple, Sarasbaug Temple, Parvati Hill Temple and the Ramana Temple.
Today, the temple is well taken care of and maintained with beautiful artworks, stone pillars and arches. The moment you enter the main entrance of the temple, you start experiencing the spiritual aura present here. Moreover, the captivating Ganesh idol present in the sanctum offers you the best of tranquility it can offer. Crafted out of mere stone, the chrome colored idol is simply an excellent piece of work.

The compound of Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple also comprises of a small Hanuman Temple. Devotees are often seen visiting the Hanuman temple on Saturday when they offer garlands and oil to the holy deity. The temple opens up early in the morning and one can hear the priests chanting the Sanskrit mantras thus completing the morning puja. Then a morning aarti is performed to which devotees gather in a good number. The evening aarti is also usually conducted at 7:00 PM. The temple however remains open for the devotees from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day.
How to Reach Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple

Karve Road is one of the most sought after locales in Pune and is well connected with almost all the key destinations with the city. One can reach this temple using any mode of transport including auto rickshaws, city bus or private vehicles. The nearest key location to reach this amazing temple in Pune is Deccan. From Deccan one needs to take the Kothrud route. The temple is located just half a kilometer from Nal Stop and around 100 meters from the SNDT Women’s College.

Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple is definitely one of the worth visiting temples in Pune. This temple has always been a center of attraction for all the devotees of Lord Ganesha. To experience utter spiritual solace, make a visit to this temple.

Chaturshrungi Mandir Pune

Chaturshrungi Temple Pune is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Pune. Located on the Senapati Bapat Road, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga in the form of Ambreshwari. Believed to be built during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the temple is around 90 feet high and 125 feet wide. Moreover, located on the slope of mountain, one needs to climb almost 100 steps to reach the actual shrine.


The history or legend behind the Chaturshrungi Mandir Pune is very interesting. It is said that long ago there used to live a money lender named Durlabhsheth Pitambardas Mahajan. Religious by nature, Durlabhsheth was a great devotee of Shri Saptashrungee Devi (a divine goddess situated on the hills of Vani near Nashik). Every year without fail, he used to travel all the way from Pune to Nashik to worship this goddess. Eventually, due to old age, he was unable to travel this distance and visit to worship her. With a great sorrow within, he prayed to her and apologized for not visiting her.
Overwhelmed with the devotion of Durlabhsheth, Goddess Saptashrungee appeared in his dream and blessed him that, “If he was not able to come to her, she herself would come and stay near him.” She further asked him to excavate on the mountain to the north-west of Pune to find her. Durlabhsheth then excavated the current Chaturshrungi mountain and found the statue of goddess Saptashrungee. Then, a temple was constructed here itself which gradually became the presiding deity of Pune.

How to Reach the Chaturshrungi Mata Mandir Pune

Located on the Senapati Bapat Road, off Pune University Road, one can reach this place using any mode of transport. The nearest big bus depot to reach here is Shivajinagar. Frequent buses from this depot take you to the shrine. You can also hire an auto rickshaw to reach here. If you are travelling by your own vehicle, the nearest location to reach this temple is the Pune University.

Best Time to Visit the Chaturshrungi Temple Pune

The temple offers a very spiritual and enthusiastic environment round the read. However, the best time to visit this temple is during the nine day festival of Navratri. From the day #1, thousands of devotees rush to take blessings from this divine shrine. During these days, the entire temple and nearby surrounds are decorated with captivating lightings, decorations and stalls. Numerous programs are also conducted in temple during these nine days.

Another worth visiting time includes Deepawali. Depicting Goddess Laxmi itself, the temple celebrates Laxmi Pujan with enormous grandeur. The entire temple is endowed with more than ten thousand lights that are lit in the traditional way using oil and small earthen pot called as panti.

Temple and Surroundings

Divided in to three parts, the temple of Chaturshrungi Mata consists of a huge entrance hall, the sabhamandapa, and the actual deity. The hall includes several small temple of Ashtavinayak Ganapati, Lord Shiva, etc. Prior to the main shrine of Goddess Chaturshrungi rests a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Both of these temples offer you immense bliss and take you off your worries, sorrows and depressions. The temple also boasts of a serene hillock at its backyard that offers you a panoramic view of the nearby areas. One can see the unparalleled views of lush green
Pune University and the Agricultural College from here.

Definitely a place to visit, The Chaturshrungi Mandir Pune is one of the best tourist attractions in Pune that offers you with tranquility, spirituality, and serenity. So, visit this sprawling destination and experience it all for yourself.