Baneshwar Temple – A Pristine Destination

Located at a distance of 35 kms from Pune, Baneshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is situated amidst a green patch of the Bhor Taluka in Pune. It is in close proximity to Nasrapur Village. The temple derives its name from the connotative words ‘Ban’ (forest) and ‘Ishwar’ (Gods).

Baneshwar Temple
Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of ‘SHIVLINGA’ in this temple. It is believed to be constructed in the 18th century by Peshwa Balaji Bajirao who belonged to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s ministry. Temples in North India are usually characterized by quadrangular projections and towering convex elevations. The ‘Nagara’ style architecture of Baneshwar temple adds beauty to this age old place of worship. The temple gateway is painted with vibrant hues that attract fervent eyes. The temple architecture is meticulously planned and well structured.

Shivlinga
The speciality of the temple is that when closely observed, five Shivalinga’s that are not visible to naked eyes can be touched and felt just below the core Shivlinga. The temple has two tanks with aquatic species like tortoise and fishes thriving in it. The ‘Gomukhi’ tank holds water pouring from a Cow-Headed stone sculpture. The Bull God (Nandi) sculpture sits outside facing the Shivlinga.

Gomukhi

The temple is divided into 3 sections, Ardhamandapa, Garbagriha and Sabhamandapa. The Ardhamandapa is an enclosed portion in front of the shrine. Garbagriha is the central shrine. The Sabhamandapa is a pillared hall for religious gathering. The flooring of the temple has an embedded brass tortoise just outside the shrine. A nostalgic bell inside the temple reminds us of the Maratha-Portuguese warfare that took place way back in the 18th century. The temple premise also houses other deities Like Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and Laxmi Devi.

Baneshwar Waterfall
The pristine waters of the stream adjacent to the temple premises are truly venerable. This temple also has a marvelous garden and a breathtaking waterfall. Standing beneath the gushing waterfall is a soul soothing experience. At the temple backyard is a botanical garden. A wide range of exotic plant, trees and bamboo woods make the temple environment extremely pure and ambrosial.

Promenade adjacent to Baneshwar

 Driving Directions:

  • Take the NH4 highway from Katraj Ghat.
  • After a 30 km drive on the highway you will reach Nasrapur.
  • Take a right turn to cross the Nasrapur Village.
  • After crossing the Nasrapur village marketplace, take a right turn to reach the temple premises.

Nearby tourist places:
If you are planning a trip to Baneshwar temple make sure you visit the nearby tourist places.

Nearby Tourist Places Distance from Baneshwar (aprox) Travel Time (aprox)
Naranyanpur 18 km 35 min
Saswad 26 km 51 min
Rajgad Fort 32 km 57 min
Panchgani 68 km 1hr 20 min
Mahabaleshwar 88 km 1hr 43 min

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