Temple circuit 1A : Places around Pune

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Baneshwar Mahadev (Nasrapur) – Balaji Mandir (ketkavle) – Ek Mukhi Dutta Mansur (Narayanpur)

Duration : Half day circuit

mileage : approx 130kms round trip from Pune

Start from Pune on the NH48 Pune- Bangalore highway and beyond Khedshivapur tool naka after about 35kms is Nasrapur town on right.

Passing through inside it at the end of the market is a right turn for Baneshwar Mahadev temple marked by an overhead board. Click on the above link for Wikipedia history. The Ponds have turtles and really nice to watch. If you have spare time check out the garden behind the temple (have to pay entry fee) . Best time is monsoon where there is a huge running Baneshwar waterfall behind the garden.

From there come back to the highway and continue south on the Pune Bangalore highway for further 10kms to reach Kapurhol. Take a left for Prati Balaji Temple Shree Venkateshwata Balaji Temple at ketkavle.

Its a replica of the famous Balaji temple so its called Prati Balaji (a mirror image)

Its a huge campus with the stone temple in the middle. The main temple is surrounded by smalller one within the temple campus. So you can only make pradakshina and visit all of them in a sequence. There are intricate carved different palkhi’s of the diety. Very traditional.

The stone idols are beautiful decorated with flowers, gold and diamond lit by traditional oil diya. The rood of the temple has intricate paintings. Had an opportunity to see while it was done. A person layed on his back on a stilt and was painting it upside down. These were specialist brought from Andra Pradesh to do the job so do appreciate the work when you see it.

Do note the temple is closed between 10am to 11:15am and its flexible.I have visited it many times but the schedules you find listed are never on time. So do what ever you time it. You will end up standing in the queue for atleast 1/2 hour before the darshan starts.

If you reach before 12noon you will be given lunch coupons (Authentic south Indian Sambar Rice and a sweet) otherwise a Drona of pure ghee bundi.

Many tour bus operators took undue advantage of the prasadam service so they offer it sporadic and suspend it on weekends and holiday.

At noon the floor is blazing hot so try going there as early as possible in the day.

Its not handicap friendly but temple management is helpful to them by providing wheel chair and letting them skip queue.

After spending time there continue on the same road towards Purandar. There is this famous Purandar fort but most give a skip. But do stop your car on reaching on top of the Ghat for the panoramic view of the surroundings. Which shortly might get lost for ever for the new airport

Continue further on same road to Narayanpur. The abode of  Lord Ek Mukhi Datta Mandir. which houses the idol of Lord Dattatreya 

The idols across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andra are all with 3 faces so 1 face idols are uncommon and this is one of them. Many people come to listen the “Pravachan” of Shri.Sadguru Narayan Maharaj (Anna).

Considered to be a jagrut temple and almost all have experienced it in some way so year by year the crowd swells multiple folds.

Next to it is a very old Narayaneshwar Shiva temple. Do visit that too. Sometimes the shortcut door between both temples is open too.

After which majority return back to pune completing a 130 kms half day journey because it’s the fastest route back to pune and return ticket at Khedshivapur toll Naka is cheaper.