Sarus baug temple is one of the most decorated temples in Pune. Also frequently known as the Talatla Ganapati (Ganpati in Lake), this temple is situated near the Swargate Bus depot. This magnificent temple is surrounded by splendid gardens and is one of the prime picnic destinations for the citizens of Pune. A huge number of Puneties gather here every morning and evening to experience the awesome environment and breathe the fresh air. The walking/jogging track made here is a great provision for elders as well as the youths to carry out their daily exercises. Further, the circular pond surrounding the central temple creates further more mesmerizing environment.
Saras Baug Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the form of Shri Siddhivinayak. This god is famous for making your wishes true and thus a huge number of people visit this temple. It is believed that on an average this temple receives ten thousand visitors. However, this count rises to eighty thousand on special occasions like Chaturthi, Ekadashi, etc. This depicts the holiness and divinity of this auspicious temple. Right behind the temple is the Ganesh Museum which holds several idols of Ganesh and is definitely worth visiting.
History about Saras Baug Temple
The temple of Shri Siddhivinak was built in the 18th century soon after the completion of the Devdeveshwar temple of the Parvati Hill. Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa wanted to beautify the surrounding regions of the Parvati and thus decided to construct a lake at the foothills. A lake with a lush green magnificent island was created here and named Sarusbaug. Later on, Shrimant Sawai Madhawrao Peshwa built a small temple on this island and installed an idol of Shri Siddhivinayak.
Baug is a Marathi word and literary means garden. The lush green gardens surrounding this temple have today become a major picnic and a hang-out destination for Punekars. Visiting this place in the evening will give you a view of a huge number of children enjoying their games in these gardens. Also, people come here to relax from the day’s hectic schedule and spend some time with their families. The circular pond surrounding the temple possesses numerous fishes which are a special attraction for the kids. Also, the lotus flowers blooming in this pond give a spectacular view.
Sarus Baug organizes several programs on various occasions like Diwali and Padwa. A huge number of people gather here and light lanterns all over the garden which creates a mesmerizing view. The entire garden is also decorated with various Rangoli arts and is worth watching.
Morning 5:30: At 5:30 AM, the Sansthan Panchamrut Pooja is carried out. This pooja then includes Shastrokta morning pooja, bathing and decorating the idol.
Morning 6:40: Ganpati aarti takes place every morning at 6:40 in chorus. Several devotes who gather here for their morning walks perform this aarti together.
Evening 7:15: The evening aarti is performed every day at 7:15 and huge number of devotees gather here to worship lord Siddhivinak.
Chathurti Dates for 2013
• Margashirsha 4: Tuesday January 4, 2013 (Moonrise 9:35 PM) Angaraki Chathurti
• Paush 4: Wednesday January 30, 2013 (Moonrise 9:16 PM)
• Magh 3: Friday March 1, 2013, (Moonrise 9:59 PM)
• Falgun 4: Saturday March 30, 2013 (Moonrise 9:51 PM)
• Chaitra 3: Sunday April 28, 2013 (Moonrise 9:40 PM)
• Vaishak 4: Tuesday May 28, 2013 (Moonrise 10:21 PM) Angaraki Chathurti
• Jyeshtha 4: Wednesday June 26, 2013 (Moonrise 9:50 PM)
• Ashadh 3: Thursday July 25, 2013 (Moonrise 9:12 PM)
• Shravan 4: Saturday August 24, 2013 (Moonrise 9:12 PM)
• Bhadrapad 3: Sunday September 22, 2013 (Moonrise 8:31 PM)
• Ashivin 3: Tuesday October 22, 2013 (Moonrise 8:43 PM) Angaraki Chathuti
• Kartik 4: Thursday November 21, 2013 (Moonrise 9:03 PM)
• Margashirsha 4: Saturday December 21, 2013 (Moonrise 9:25 PM)
How to Reach
Saras Baug Temple is at a walking distance from the Swargate Bus depot. Thus, reaching this place is not much difficult.
What to Eat?
You will come across several vendors selling fresh cucumber here. They are finely garnished with salt and chili powder and one must definitely try this. Apart from this there are several stalls of Indian cuisines outside this garden and offer you delicious dishes including Pav Bhaji, Bhel, Pani Puri, etc.
Other entertainments here include horse ride, baggi rides, Ferris wheel, and other small games for kids.
Saras Baug temple is one of the must visit destinations in Pune. You will thoroughly enjoy your visit to this place. Moreover, Punya sarkhi hirwal shodhun sapadnar nahi.