Sarasbaug Ganpati Mandir Pune
About Sarasbaug Ganpati Mandir
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 Siddhi Vinayak.
In the 18th century, soon after completion of Shree Devdeveshwar Temple on Parvati hill, Shrimant Balaji Baji Rao turned his attention towards the development and beautification of environs of Parvati hills. He decided to construct a lake at the foothills of Parvati. An island of about 25,000 sq.ft. (2,370 m2) the area was retained in the middle of this lake. Later on, a beautiful garden was created on this island. Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa gave it a poetic name, “Sarasbaug”.
In 1784, Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa built a small temple in Sarasbaug and installed the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan, the God he worshipped. Sarasbaug has now become a place of worship for people from all over the world and also a popular hang-out for Punekars.
By Air: If one wishes to visit this place by air, then he or she has to fly to Pune. Since Pune is the major city, it is connected to other major cities in the Maharashtra as well as out of the Maharashtra. From Pune airport, one may choose to prefer a local bus for Sarasbaug Ganpati Mandir or an auto.
By Rail: Pune is well connected to the major cities in the Maharashtra as well as out of the Maharashtra by train as well. As soon as one gets down to the Pune Railway Station he or she may catch local buses or autos for Sarasbaug Ganpati Mandir.
By Road: Since this place is located in the heart of Pune city, one has to reach to Pune first. There are many State run buses available that run between Pune and other major cities in the Maharashtra as well out of the Maharashtra. Once one reaches to Pune, there are many local buses available from Pune Station. It is near from Swarget Bus Depo at walking distance.
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