Pune district has geographical area of 15.642sq.km. Pune district is bound by Ahmadnagar district on north-east, Solapur district on the south-east, Satara district on south, Raigad district on the west and Thane district on the north-west. It is the second largest district in the state and covers 5.10% of the total geographical area of the state. The landscape of Pune district is distributed triangularly in western Maharashtra at the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains and is divided into three parts: Ghatmatha, Maval and Desh. Pune district forms a part of the tropical monsoon land and therefore shows a significant seasonal variation in temperature as well as rainfall conditions. Climate of the western region of Pune is cool whereas the eastern part is hot and dry.
Temples in Pune are an important part of the rich culture of the city. Omkareshwar temple is one of the biggest temples in Pune. This hallowed shrine of Lord Shiva stands as a symbol of endurance as it had survived the havoc created by the 1962 Panshet floods. Known for its extravagant style of construction and huge domes, the temple becomes one of the main attractions in Pune.
The structure of the temple takes us back to the Peshwa regime as it was constructed during the reign of Sadashiv Bhau, the Peshwa. A 250 year old construction on the banks of the river Mutha still proclaims the glory of the fallen Peshwa Empire. It can be seen as a perfect piece of art and architecture prevailing in the 17th century.
Beautiful carvings on the upper parts of the white dome are a sheer beauty. The stone roof of the temple too is embellished with carvings from Hindu mythology. Spacious verandas with columns enhance the grandeur of the shrine. The beautiful Shiva Linga catches the eye of all. The priests over here decorate the Shiva Linga artistically. Omkareshwar has been showering His grace on the devotees for centuries together. Moreover, the big Nandi built in stone right in front of the Shiva temple is a good piece of work. In addition to the Shiva temple, there are six other temples in the premises. These include Lord Shani, Lord Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Durga.
Hundreds of votaries come here every day with their prayers and wishes. The temple is crowded especially on Mondays and in the month of Shravan. The huge space of the temple is utilized for a few noteworthy cultural activities like musical concerts, bhajans and sermons.
The entrances of the temple are open from 5.30am to 11 pm. The shrine however is closed in the afternoon between 2.00pm to 4.00 pm.
The Kasba Ganapati refers to both a particular idol of the god Ganapati in Pune, India, as well as to the temple built around the idol. The Kasba Ganapati is the presiding deity (gramadevata) of Pune.
30 kms to the south of Pune is a beautiful place called Baneshwar. It has an old temple of Lord Shiva, which was built by Bajirao Peshwa-I. It has spectacular idols of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi and Lord Mahadev and five Shivlings. As the temple is in deep woods and it seems like a jungle , hence it is called as Baneshwar. A beautiful garden, a small waterfall, and a stream of water all these make Baneshwar a nice picnic spot.
Chaturshringi goddess is the reigning deity of the city of Pune. She is also known as Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati. Her temple is situated on the slopes of a mountain in the North-West of Pune. This is in the midst of nature s scenic beauty. This 90 ft. high and 125 ft. wide temple is looked after by Shri Devi Chaturshringi Mandir Trust. One has to climb more than 100 steps to reach the shrine of Goddess Chaturshringi. In the temple, premises there are also temples of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesh. This includes eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka. These small temples are located on the four separate hillocks.
A well known place, 40 kms away from Pune, Jejuri is famous for the ancient temple of Lord Khandoba, as known as Khandobachi Jejuri. A Yatra is held in the months of Chitra, Margashirsha, Puash and Magh (months of Hindu calendar). While on the way to the temple, one gets a view of the Dive Ghat. Deep Mala is popular over here. To reach the temple, one has to climb 200 steps. Jejuri also has historical importance as Shivaji and Shahaji had discussed the strategy against the Mughals here. Various weapons of those times can be seen here.
The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true). A sacred ground of faith for millions of devotees in Pune and around the world, on an average the Sarasbaug temple receives ten thousand visitors a day and this figure goes up to eighty thousand devotees per day on Ganesha Chaturthi and other special occasions. Various dignitaries and luminaries throughout India have made it a point to visit this sacred temple to seek the blessings of Shri Siddivinayak. It also has a huge garden attached to it. In the early mornings and evening, one can find crowds of people enjoying themselves in the garden.
This is in short about the Omkareshwar Temple in Pune. Temple are a place of Divine help. They add to our beliefs and help us feel at peace and bring us closer to the great Lord.