The Ten Day Ride Of Vignaharta
Pune, the land of Marathas, is also known as the land of Bhagwan Ganesha’s worshippers. Apart from Shaniwar Wada, Sujata Mastanis and Vada Pavs, Pune is a home to innumerable Ganesh Temples. Whereas one can experience the happening nightlife of the city while others can explore the city through a lens of divinity in it.
One of the most loved festivals for Punekars is the celebration of welcoming their Bappa on a grand scale and with utmost enthusiasm. Ganesh Chaturthi is not just a festival but an emotion for the people here. Decorations, celebrations, yatras, prasands and what not!! Here is the list that will ease the search of Ganesh Temples in this historical city.
- Chintamani Temple, Theur
Chintamani Mandir, one of the eight Ashtavinayaks is situated in Theur which is at a distance of 25 km from Pune. It is a beautiful shrine of Bhagwaan Ganesha which has been a tourist site since ancient times. It is one of the most visited temples in Maharashtra and observes the presence of thousands of devotees especially during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Darshan Timings in Chintamani Temple are from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and then 2:00 pm till 10:00 pm. The entry for the devotees is free.
- Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple
Located amidst the hustle bustle of the Pune city, Shreemant Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple is the pride of Punekars. It is an abode to the loved diety Bhagwaan Ganesha which is visited by many people from the entire country. It is not just a place of worship but is associated with Shreemant Dagduseth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust which actively participates in social causes and development.
It is located in Budhwar Peth and can be visited from 5:00 am till 10:30 pm.
- Dashabujha Ganpati Temple
Another epitome of faith and devotion for the people of Pune is the Dashabujha Ganpati. It is located in Karve Nagar, Erandwana, Pune and is a must visit place to celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with huge enthusiasm. This temple was built by Maratha rulers and is an acient site of heritage for Pune. The timings of visiting the temple is from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
- Kasba Ganpati Mandir
Yet another glory of Pune is the Kasba Ganpati Mandir which is a centre of attraction for a large number of devotees. It was built by Jijausaheb, mother of great Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and observes a great grand celebration of 10 days during Ganesh Chaturthi. It attracts a large number of artists from all parts of India to showcase their talent during the cultural celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. Located in the heart of Pune, the Kasba Ganpati Trust is also engaged in social economic activities and is an important one for the people of Pune. This temple can be visited during 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and then from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
- Gundacha Ganpati Temple
The four armed destroyer of evil is one of the ancient temples of Ganpati in Pune. It is located in Kasba Peth area within a busy area. It is one of the most visited temples of Bhagwaan Ganesha during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and experiences the sacred devotion of devotees from all the places. The timings to visit this temple is from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and them from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
So, these are the major spots to visit specially during Ganesh Chaturthi. To experience the beauty of this festival, these temples are worth visiting.