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Old 1st September 2010, 21:39   #1
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Default Figoing around in Pune

It all started with a PM to Ashish Pallod about the route to Narayanppur and then came a prompt reply on detailed routes and distances and quality of roads!

I don't think anyone has as detailed information as AP has about Maharastra!

OK I am supposed to write a travelouge!

Starting point: Chandani chowk

ending point Chandani chowk

Places visited: Kapurhol Balaji temple --> small dam on the way ---> narayanpur datta mandir and shiv mandir ---> saswad ---> Jejuri Khandoba temple ---> Moregaon Ganapati -----> Supe Wildlife sanctury ----> Solapur highway---> camp ---->chandani chowk.

Total distance 200 kms

take home -- lots of mukti (from temples) and masti (from nature and car!)

Well I will let the pictues do the talking
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map of the route taken

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This is at the small water body near Kapurhol balaji temple!

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Amazing architecture at the Narayaneshwar temple!

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steep steps of Khandoba, lots of turmeric uphill!



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Gopura of Moregaon Ganapathi! PArking here was tricky ended up paying two guys!!
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Sun, sky, clouds, rain, forest and my figo and what follows would be awesome!

........to be continued!

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Old 1st September 2010, 21:48   #2
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Excellent start anil. The Dutta mandir and Narayaneshwar mandir are some hidden gems. We accidentally discovered those in 2004 when we were pushed off the road by a MSRTC bus near that temple!
Hooked to this. Would love to see more photos of that magnificent temple.
Also, if you notice one of the hillocks near the north tirupati venky's venkatachalapati temple, you'd see a trishul and a small kaal bhairav temple. We drove to the foothills and trekked up that hillock to get amazing view all around, including the whole temple below.
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Yes, the temples are real gems! I really like the balaji mandir but could not take any photographs! I really need to plan the photography! I somehow find it difficult to take pics in and around mandirs, coz I get into a different mood there!

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temple architecture!!
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One thing I observed about shiv temples is that it is very dark inside!

Any reason?
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Old 1st September 2010, 22:09   #4
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The Balaji temple is an exact replica of the tirupati temple. Stone by stone. Sculpture by sculpture. What people can't see and appreciate in tirupati due to the crowd, one can do here. One never knows that these things are there in Tirupati temple as it's perennially crowded.

Oh and for why shiva temple is dark, Shiva is light himself. He is the cosmic light. He lights the whole world. When his eyes close the entire universe is engulfed in darknes.
So why need other lights in a sanctum that houses the cosmic light?

Shiva is the endless pillar of fire. The infinite light!

Shiva is Param Jyothi (eternal light).

ncidentally, in Tamil, Paranjothi munivar (Paramjyothi sage) has compiled all the great dramas of Shiva, as Thiruvilayadal. I have mentioned much about it in many logs here. No one knows anything about Paranjothi Munivar. Even his real name is not clear. May be he took the name in praise of lor shiva who is Param Jyothi himself.

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Hi Anil,

Good teaser to start with. Waiting for more pics.
@MX6: Man you do have lots of information about the Hindu Mythology. Really good to know the history behind the sculptures.
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aaah! so this is where saar was missing last week! nice!

the wildlife sanctuary is Mayureshwar right? or is there another one there?
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Nice snaps there!
MX though Pune has no Ooty close by, even you guys are blessed!
Come Monsoon and you are all on a roll!

A ride around Pune is one thing which I badly want to do.
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@anil,
finally ' koshish rang layee'.
Keep those small outings going on.
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aaah! so this is where saar was missing last week! nice!

the wildlife sanctuary is Mayureshwar right? or is there another one there?
Oh yes Roy! Should be able to catch up this week if you still have not moved to Bangalore :P

Yeah it is Mayureshwar! There were two rainbows when we were there so enjoyed pretty much. Will post the pics soon!


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@anil,
finally ' koshish rang layee'.
Keep those small outings going on.
Thanks AP saab! Did a few outings before one to Lonavala and other to Mahabaleshwar. I see my confidence building up with my learning curve very steep so can take more challenging trips now, will keep bugging you for the details!

Regarding the trip, the temple visits were awe inspiring, very nice! We had to stand in queue for 1 hour to get the glimpse of Ganapai bappa in Moregaon.

Most of my photography was in the sanctuary!
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Whoa...that last picture in post#1 is something awesome!

I want to take my Dad to Dehu road this weekend since he wants to see Tukaram's shrine and the Indrayani river. Any pointers would be helpful.
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Anil, so the Figo is finally rolling!! Nice pictures. The angle chosen for the Naryaneshwar temple is excellent! How much time did the entire trip take? And where did you halt for food? Forgot to tell you during our tapri meet - if you go for drives outside Pune, fill in fuel after the octroi limits - you can have almost two litres worth extra fuel...


Noopster, if you plan to visit Dehu, then return to Pune via Talegaon - Chakan road. You can visit 'Bhandara Dongar' on the way - this is the place where Tukaram had often visited to compose his 'kirtanas'. there is a temple atop the hillock and it gives a panoramic view...


Ampere, Ooty is no longer the paradise it was. Cross the city limits of Pune, there is a plethora of places to visit, sit down and enjoy!
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Anil, so the Figo is finally rolling!! Nice pictures. The angle chosen for the Naryaneshwar temple is excellent! How much time did the entire trip take? And where did you halt for food? Forgot to tell you during our tapri meet - if you go for drives outside Pune, fill in fuel after the octroi limits - you can have almost two litres worth extra fuel...


Ampere, Ooty is no longer the paradise it was. Cross the city limits of Pune, there is a plethora of places to visit, sit down and enjoy!
Thanks VRP for the kind words of encouragement!

Total trip took around 9 hours!

We started at around 1030 hrs and reached Kapurhol in about 30 minutes spent about an hour at the Balaji temple and then headed for Naraynpur but took a break of about 20 minutes near the lake that we found enroute!

left narayanpur by around 1330 hrs and stopped on our way to saswad to eat the dabba that wifey packed reached Khandoba by around 1430 started for Moregaon by 1530 done with darshan by 1630 reaches Supe by 1700 hrs and was there till 1800-1815 and then headed back for Pune and reached our place in Bhavdhan by 2000 hrs.

Regarding fuel, I am very finicky about the fuel quality and fill it up at bunk opposite RTO and so far never had to do a trip which requires more than one refill, but yeah if I choose to would it be a problem? I mean I heard pumps on the highway are generally adulterated!


And VRP, you are bang on about the places around Pune. That water body we chanced upon was an amazing find by wifey! In fact I was pretty reluctant to stop there as it was a new territory (xenophobia??) but went ahead and really enjoyed on the shores of calm water, I guess it is a small reservoir of sorts (google maps calls it a dam though!)


And this is one of the pics that I took at the sanctuary! A noob's try!

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Ampere, Ooty is no longer the paradise it was. Cross the city limits of Pune, there is a plethora of places to visit, sit down and enjoy!
To a certain extent yes. But still there are quite some unexplored places which are worth a visit. Ooty has not lost its sheen yet! There are still some places out there.
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Did you get to see the chinkaras in Supe? I would like to drive down to Supe to show some of those to my daughter.
Which would be the nearest wild life sanctuary to see some deer?
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Yes of course!

Here are a few more pics!

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Road through forest

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a different angle for the rainbow
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Hide and seek!
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hide and seek, this time by the camera's focus :P
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An alert and shy chinkara staring at me at a distance 15 times more than what it seems here!

MX6, believe me your daughter would love this place!!! There is soo much nature here!!

More pics to follow!!
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