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Parvati Hill and Temple

Pune darshan is incomplete without going to the Parvati Temple. One of the favorite relaxation spots for the young and the old in Pune, Parvati temple boasts of a rich legacy of history and culture.

Parvati Hill and Temple. .

Here you find a cluster of Hindu temples. These temples are situated on the Parvati Hill which is 2100 feet high from the sea level. Come on the top of the hill in the early morning; breathe in as much fresh air as you can; take an aerial view of the city of Pune from here which is sheer beauty and then start your day. Then the mundane hurries and worries in your daily life won’t disturb your composure.

Parvati Hill and Temple The main temple in the present condition was constructed by the third Peshwa Shrimant Nanasaheb in 1749AD. Kashibai, Nanasaheb’s mother, was suffering from an ailment in the right foot. Someone told her about this temple of goddess in the south of Pune on the hill. The goddess was said to possess some miraculous healing powers. Kashibai went there and bowed down before the goddess and prayed for early recovery. She also vowed that if she got relief she would construct a new temple on the hill top. Goddess Parvati listened to this call and Kashbai got relief. As per the vow, her son Nanasaheb constructed the big Temple.

True, the temples that we see today on the hilltop are the constructions carried out during the Peshwa regime; but the references to this hill are found even in the biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The temples on the hill are also said to be the symbol of Nana Saheb Peshwa’s love for Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj who was like a son to him.

There are five big temples on the hill. These include Devdeveshwar Temple, Vishnu Temple, Kartikeya Temple,Vitthal Temple and Ramana Temple.The temples are an excellent example of the architecture prevalent during the Peshwa raj. Devdeveshwar Temple is the sacred shrine of Lord Shiva with a beautiful Shiva Linga. Beautiful idol of Lord Vishnu standing on the Laxmi Yantra is the attraction of the Vishnu temple. Parvati Hill and TempleThe idol of Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, in the Kartikeya Temple is said to have been unlucky for the Peshwa regime. Vitthal temple and the Ramana Temple, too are worth visiting.

Shrimant Peshwa built a palace on the hill in 1795 AD. A part of the palace has been now turned into the Peshwa Museum. The museum is a collection of paintings of all the Peshwas and their arms, weapons, coins and everyday articles. Entry fee is Rs.5 per head. Peshwa’s Monument is yet another place to visit on the hill. This cenotaph of Shrimant Nana Saheb Peshwa lies at the back of the Peshwa Museum.

The famous Sarasbaug Ganesh Temple lies at the footsteps of the hill and can be seen from the top. Apart from these important temples places like Vetal Chabutara, Mangir Buwa, the Math and the Sati Monument are a few other spots worth visiting. .

Big Banyan Tree Bangalore Perched on the hill in the South-east part of the city, the Parvati temple is the main attraction here. During the Peshwa reign, this part was full of meadows, fields and trees. There were a few settlements as well. References show that the foothills of Parvati were used as base camps by the feudal lords and noblemen in the Maratha Empire.

Apart from these important temples places like Vetal Chabutara, Mangir Buwa, the Math and the Sati Monument are a few other spots worth visiting.

The Parvati hill is a very famous spot in Pune just 3 km away from the Swargate station. Climbing up over 100 steps to reach the top is a part of the daily exercise for many.

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