Part 19 -Last Part of 108 Famous Hindu Shrines in Maharashtra (Post No.12,042)

Narayaneswara temple, Pune


Post No. 12,042

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 There are hundreds of Swaminarayan and Hare Krishna (ISKCON) temples in addition to hundreds of Hanuman temples in Maharashtra. I have not listed them. I tried to list only the popular and ancient temples. This is the final part of 108 Maharashtra Shrines. Jain and Buddhists shrines are also there and Hindus visit them with the same veneration.

PART 19 (Last Part)

101. Shree Ganesh Mandir Tekdi

Shri Ganesh Mandir Tekdi is one of the oldest temples in the city of Nagpur and is one of the most famous too. The temple is situated at the top of a hill and thus the name of Tekdi Ganesh as tekdi in Marathi means hill. The temple is believed to be constructed over 250 years ago. The idol of Lord Ganesha’s head is decorated with gold and has other silver ornaments.

102. Ramtek Temple

Ramtek temple or Ram temple located at Ramtek area of Nagpur is dedicated to Lord Rama. According to popular belief, Lord Rama rested in this place while he was in exile before he went ahead to win over Lanka. Tek in Marathi means vow and thus Ramtek signifies ‘Vow of Lord Rama’. The present temple is believed to be over 400 years old. It is away from the hustle bustle of city life and located inside a fort on a hill.

It is also very popular and revered for its OM structure that is a whopping 350 feet long. The temple is also famous for its notorious yet super smart monkeys roaming around the premises. Cars can go up to the last step post which you need to climb around 60 steps to the temple.

103. Poddareshwar Ram Mandir

Sri Poddareshwar Rama Mandir located in the heart of Nagpur city is a major tourist attraction. It’s a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Shiva and was constructed in the year 1923 by Late Shri Jamnadhar Poddar, famous businessman of the popular Poddar family hailing from Rajasthan. The idols of the temple are in a Ram Parivar setup and posture including those of God Rama, Lakshman, Hanuman and goddess Sita. The temple is built with marble and sandstone .

104. Adasa Ganpati Temple

Adasa is located 45 kilometres from Nagpur.  Devotees believe that the temple is very ancient. it is on a hillock in this village and people love to climb all the way to the hill to reach it; the idol of Lord Ganesha is of huge size, around 12 feet in height with 7 feet in breadth ; it is carved out of a single stone!

During Pausha in winter, a major fair is organized in the village and many pilgrims flock to the place during that time.


Koradi Temple (Posted in the last part)

One of the very important Hindu religious places near Nagpur is the Koradi Temple located around 15 kilometres away from the city. It’s one of the Shakti Peethas of the country and especially dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi Jagadamba. Situated on the banks of Koradi Lake, this temple is buzzing with devotees throughout the year.


105.Mahadev Temple (Narayaneshwar) Narayanpura

Narayaneshwar temple is located at a distance of 35km from Pune, on Saswad-Narayanpur road. Dutta mandir of Narayanpur is a highly sacred and much known temple of Narayanpur but this temple which is adjacent to Dutta mandir is not known to many. This temple has स्वयंभू (self-manifested) Shivling and is worshipped daily. Temple is built inside a compound and a small दीपमाळ(structure to light Diyas) is present here. The temple is made out of rock and is really ancient. However, some part of it is colored now, mostly by the locals. Inside the temple, you can still witness the ancient look. It has 2 beautifully carved द्वारपाल (gate keeper) outside the गर्भगृह(main sanctum). Behind the temple, is a beautiful पुष्करणी (stepwell).


106. Bharadi Devi temple

Anganewadi in Malvan is more famous for its Bharaadi Devi temple and the most popular fair called Anganewadi Jatra which is held annually.

Bharaadi devi of Anganewadi is one of the “Jagrut Devasthans”  fulfilling the wishes of all those visitors who come to this place with a devotion and great belief.

The rituals at the fair are really interesting which include embellishing the stone plaque of the deity with ornaments, mask and new clothing. Afterwards the village barber standing in front of the temple reflects sunrays over the plaque. There is one more interesting trend which strengthens unity and cooperation among the residents during this fair. As per this trend one female from each family has to join cooking of food at the temple which is offered as Prasad to the devotees. The Jatra lasts for one and a half day only.

Nearby railway stations are Kankavli and Oros.


107.Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple, Tarkarli

Build on Sindhudurg fort by Shivaji’s son Rajaram. It is a temple of Shivaji Maharaj. You can also find his foot and palm prints on a lime preserved slab on the tower near Dilli Gate.

Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple was built to remember the contributions of king Chhatrapati Shivaji for the creation of the separate and unique Hindu kingdom. The temple was built by Rajaram in 1695. 

Location: The temple is located at Dilli Gate. It is barely 6km from Malvan Town.

108. Brahmanath Temple in Parunde

Parunde is a Village in Junnar Taluka in Pune District .Brahmanatha temple, which is rare, is located here. A fair is held on Ashada Krishna Ekadasi.

We find the archaeological remains of the Nath Cult in the form of mausoleums, temples, caves, images, sculptural panels, inscriptions, memorials and monasteries. Ornate pillars of the medieval Brahmanath temple at Parunde, Pune district have rare depictions of different yogic postures along with some rites and rituals of the Nath Cult.

Nath cult seems to have had as object the attainment of mystic powers by practicing Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is mental concentration that is accompanied by gymnastic postures of the body. Its chief saints were Minanath also known as Matsyendranath and Goraknath..

He is the founder of the cult. Other saints include Goraksanath, Haripa and Kanupa. Gorakshanath is considered to have been the most influential of the ancient Naths.

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Tags- Final Part, Maharashtra shrines, Brahmanath, Ramtek

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