Jul 31

One day, i got an email from a 70-yr old follower of my blog recommending this temple. He also sent me an article in Maharastra Times about the temple. It was in Marati and i didn’t understand it completely. But, any new place , that looks good on a photograph is good for a visit.

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

This was technically the first trip of the 2014 monsoon. Invariably, the first trip of the season is always to a temple. We usually have a big crowd for the first trip and the common safest denominator is a temple. Many retire for the season after the first trip and that’s when the walks and the treks start.

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

balaji narayanpur temple is just 10 kms away. Kanifnath temple is also close. We went through the Bopdeo ghat route, crossed kanifnath, then took a right after hiware. You can also come from Saswad. See the map below for the route to Kodit temple from Magarpatta City.

The temple seems to be modelled on the Balaji Narayanpur temple judging by the overall structure. The temple had dozens of mythological stories sculptured on its walls.

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

We reached there at around 12.45 and the main shrine was shut. They opened it at 1 pm. Free food was also served inside the temple. The idol was of the typical style you see in these areas, a single bodied, orange (vermillion?) covered one with giant eyes.

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

There is a restaurant called Madhuban which we always visit when we are in this area. We sometimes drive the extra 10 kms from Saswad towards Jejuri when we are returning through Saswad. We have even driven all the way from Pune for dinner :-) This place is very (extremely) hygienic (have a look at their kitchen, you will be surprised). Their Maharashtrian items (which they serve only during lunch) is very good. They have also a small lawn where the kids spent some time running around. The map to Madhuban is given below. It was a good trip which ended in a good lunch!

kodit mhaskoba temple near saswad

written by Rajaram S

Sep 14

If you are even slightly allergic to turmeric or the colour yellow, don’t even think about going anywhere close to Jejuri! But, it is this splash of yellow along with the red of kumkum which makes this temple a riot of colours.

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Khandoba is a tribal deity (and a powerful one) and considered to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is on a hillock originally called Jayadri and now is known as Jejuri. It is said that God manifested himself as a turmeric to a group of shepherds and hence turmeric is considered sacred at Jejuri temple.

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

How to go to Jejuri Temple from Pune: Jejuri is around 45 kms from Pune (Magarpatta). You have to take the sasvad road and keep going until you reach Sasvad. At sasvad, there are exits for the Balaji temple and Bhuleshwar. But, if you keep going straight, Jejuri is another 18 kms away.


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There is ample parking at the base of the hill. It seems that there are two paths to go up. The one on the back side is supposed to be longer. The way to the top from the front has around 350 steps to be climbed. But nothing much to sweat about, as you would by occupied gazing at the dozens of stalls all along the climb. All along the stairs, there are many deepmalas. It would be a great sight when all of them are lit up, have to find out when that happens. This temple is for an avatar of Shiva, so expect a big crowd on all the shiv-friendly days.

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Once near the top, there is a “resting place” which also doubles as a view point. You leave your slippers here and climb a short flight of steep stairs to reach the temple.

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

If you are carrying an expensive camera, be extremely careful with it. Turmeric dust is very fine and if it gets into the lens (of SLRs), you are in serious trouble. In front of the main shrine, devotees throw turmeric in the air chanting the god’s name. We didn’t go into the shrine as there was a long queue that day.

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

The view from the top is very pleasant and would be even better with the lit deepmalas. We noticed a person who was constantly trying to collect all thew turmeric to a corner. We jokingly referred to him as a “yellow-collared worker!”

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

It is also said that Shivaji’s father has been in the south for a long time with Shivaji in Pune. When his father came to see him, the foothills of Jejuri was the place where Shivaji met his father. There is also a “museum” kind of setup having statues describing this meeting. In the evening light, the statues have an aura around them.

Jejuri Khandoba Templenear Sasvad

If you are the kind that loves to know the history of a place that you visit, then you should e a regular on Abhijit Rajadhyaksha’s blog. I usually take a printout of his entry and then take it with me and that helps me understand a lot more about the place without which i would just be clicking photos. For the history of Jejuri, check out his entry here.

written by Rajaram S

Mar 06

Sangameshwar temple near to sasvad, at the confluence of the Karha and the Chamli rivers, is believed to have been built sometime around the 7th-10th century during the Yadava reign. The temple retains the old-look which adds to its charm. Renovations are good, but if they change the look or the architectural style of the original, it is as good as a new structure.

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

The rivers fill up considerably during the monsoon months and the small dam overflows giving a very picturesque sight. During the summer months, the rivers turn green with algae, but green algae too can look very appealing to the eye!

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

How to go to Sangameshwar Temple from Pune: If you a well-versed in the areas around Pune, then all you have to do is take the road to Sasvad from Hadapsar, reach sasvad, take the turn towards Narayanpur (Balaji Temple), then you will cross a narrow bridge, to the right of which you would see the temple (The view in the first photo above). A small chance of a confusion here. From sasvad, there are multiple exits to narayanpur. If you take the last one, it kind of bypasses the small town and hence you won’t go on this bridge. So, if you see a river on your right and then you come to a fork with a playground on your right and the route to narayanpur is on the left, you have missed this place. So, all you have to do is to take the right into Sasvad and you till get this bridge within 200 m. If all the above doesn’t make sense, follow the map below. Also given is a snapshot from Google Earth.

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad


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We were there at around 4.30 in the evening and the mild breeze combined with the absolute calm made it a wonderful experience. The temple’s Shikhara (dome) had hundreds of small sculptures of deities carved over many layers. They looked pretty worn-out, but the sculptures could be clearly identified.

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

You can walk down to the river bank on all the sides and we even found one painter deeply engrossed in painting the river view along with the smaller shikharas on the side. The temple has two huge deepmalas on either side. Not sure when they are lit up, but if they are, it would be an impressive sight from the bridge. There is a colourful (and quite bigt) Nandi inside the temple.

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

Our original plan was just to visit this temple, but having come so far, we first went to the Balaji temple and then came here on the way back from Pune. The Balaji temple is a very short drive of around 10-12 kms from here. Just outside the temple, we saw a crumbling house. It was surprising to see a tata Sky dish on it. The house looked like it miht crumble just by the weight of the dish!

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

sangameshwar temple narayanpur sasvad

written by Rajaram S