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AlandiAlandi

Sant Dnyaneshwar - a famous saint in Maharashtra - was born in Apegaon near Paithan. But Alandi is the place famous for his Samadhi. Sant Dnyaneshwar spent his short life here. He inspired the entire Maharashtra to worship Lord Panduranga. "Dnyaneshwari" - his famous manuscript (holy book) will always remind him.

Alandi is truly a pilgrim center. The Palakhi in the month of Ashadh is very popular and many people walk almost 150 kms. from Alandi to Pandharpur. Alandi is situated on the banks of river Indrayani and the ghat behind the samadhi temple is very beautiful. Samadhi temple is worth to see and creates a pleasant atmosphere. This temple was built in 1570. You can also see the famous wall in Alandi on which Dnyaneshwar sat and flew the wall to meet Changdev.

The other famous places in Alandi are Muktai temple, Ram temple, Krishna Temple, Math of Swami Hariharendra, Vitthal-Rakhumai temple and the famous wall.

Alandi - a clean and nice pilgrim center makes Pune district a landmark for the pilgrims in the country.

Bhaja Caves Bhaja Caves

Bhaja, a famous Buddhist rock cut shrine of 2nd century is situated 6 kms away from Lonavala in Maharastra. You are to climb almost half a km to reach this beautiful scenic spot where Viharas (hostel) and a huge Chaitya hall (worship place) were chiselled for Buddhist monks and devotees in pre Chistian era. A village of the same name is located at the foothills of this mountain.Although the facade of a grand structure has almost collapsed the Chaitya is still the most remarkable structure over here.

The entrance room of the attention drawing Vihara No.12 has on its right side, sculptures of Surya and Indra with a Yaksha below Surya. Pillars here have centaurs. A scene below on the left side - narrating Buddhist story also draws ones attention. Below this mountain at the pre historic Mother Goddess site Mukkai, the villagers offer sacrifices here once a year even now.

Further in the village on the plains is a shrine to the Goddess in the green fields and another ancient temple with a Goddess half a km away near a lake.

Bhimashankar Temple Bhimashankar Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhavagiri 50 km north west of Khed, near Pune. Bhimashankar is also the source of the Bhima river, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur.

It is home to an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the Bhima form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth from his body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi river.

The Bhimashankara temple is a composite of old and the new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is a modest temple yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century.

Sinhagad FortSinhagad Fort

Sinhagarh Fort lies at a distance of 25 km from the Poona city of India. One of the popular picnic spots near the city, Sinhagarh is situated on a hill, at a height 700 m above the surrounding landscape. Due to its height, the fort also serves as a popular trekking destination for the people of Pune. The trek from Katraj to Sinhagad is especially very famous. Today, Sinhagad fort stands mostly in ruins. However, it was once the venue of the historic battle where Tanaji Malusare, a general in Shivaji's army, recaptured the fort.

The samadhi of Tanaji Malusare, along with that of Rajaram, Shivaji's younger son, can still be seen inside Sinhagad Fort, near Pune. The bungalows of Lokmanya Tilak, a great freedom fighter, and G.D. Madgulkarm, a famous Marathi Poet, are also located atop the fort. One can get an amazing view of the Panshet, Khadakwasla and Varasgaon dams as well as the Torana fort from Sinhagad. A popular weekend destination, the fort is also used by the National Defence Academy for training purposes.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is in Pune, Maharashtra. The museum has nearly around 20,000 collections of objects paintings, handicrafts, armour-suits, musical instruments and many other objects of art and artifacts collected from all over the world. The building has been designed in a Rajasthani-style, but the galleries give a clear depiction of the life and culture of the Marathas.

Dinkar Kelkar spent almost 60 years traveling and purchasing objects from the remote areas and towns of India. Dividing into 36 sections, the collections are confined mostly to everyday life like pots, lamps, containers, nutcrackers, pen stands. 'Mastani Mahal' is regarded to be the masterpiece to this museum, which was erected here in its original form.

Articles belonging to Mughal and Maratha periods that dates back to 17th century are displayed at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. Musical instruments, metalwork, exquisite chitrakathi paintings and a unique lock collection are the other attractions of the museum.

Shivneri Fort Shivneri Fort

Shivneri Fort is famous for being the birthplace of great Shivaji. Shivaji was the famous ruler of Maharashtra. Shivneri Fort in Pune is a well known historical military fortification. Shivaji spent his childhood in the fort and took lessons of all his military training here. Shivneri Fort is located approximately 105 kilometer far from Pune.

The people who are inclined to trekking, Shivneri Fort are the ideal place for them to visit. The boundary wall of the Shivneri Fort was built so high to protect the fort from the enemies. Inside of this fort there is a temple of goddess Shivai Devi`. A larger than life statue of Shivaji is situated in front of the Shivneri Fort. A traveler has to cross seven doors to reach in the Shivneri Fort.

Inside of the Shivneri Fort there is a water pond called ‘Badami Talav`, which is located in the middle of the fort. A statue of Jijabai, the mother of famous ruler Shivaji, with her son is located beside the water pond of the Shivneri Fort. One interesting feature of Shivneri fort of Pune is a mosque with two towers which are joined by a graceful arch. Many other tourist attractions are located very near to this fort, such as, Nane Ghat, which is famous for beautiful scenery of Konkan Region and Jivdhan, which is famous for trekking.