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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Peshwekaalin Temples of Kothrud,Pune : A Photo Feature

Kothrud boasts of two Peshwekaalin ( from the Peshwas times) temples viz. Dashabhuja Ganpati Mandir at Paud Phata and the Mrutyunjayeshwar Shiv Mandir a kilometer further on Karve Road.
Both were apparently owned by Sardar Haripant Ballal Phadke, a close aide of Nana Phadanvis the regent of Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao (late 18th century). The temples (as also Moti bagh where Vishrambaug wada is constructed) were subsequently handed over to the Peshwa family as a part of dowry (when the daughter of Dajiba Phadke , the son of Sardar Haripant Phadkes  was married to Peshwa Bajirao II a.k.a Raobaji on 16.2.1797).
It is said that Mastani the favourite concubine of Peshwa Bajirao I stayed in the same area where Mrutyunjayeshwar temple was later built.
The temples have since undergone renovations and are presently managed by the Devedeveshwar temple  trust (estb. 1846) that also manages the famed Parvati temple / Sarasbaug temple of Pune.

Dashabhuja Ganpati Mandir

Pic: Shikhara
Pic: sabhamandap
Pic: Ganpati idol in the gabhara
Pic: Hanuman temple

Mrutyunjayeshwar Shiv Mandir

Pic: Nandi mandap
Pic: sabhamandap
Pic:rear side
Pic: Hanuman Mandir

Text and Pictures : Abhijit Rajadhyaksha


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  2. Thank you for the very beautiful post on Peshwekaalin Shiv temples in Pune which is famous among devotees.