Chaturshringi Temple: The West Indian Architectural Delight

Located at Senapati Bapat Road in Pune, the Chaturshringi temple is a significant landmark of the city. It was built during the reign of the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji by Durlabhseth Pitambardas Mahajan. This Hindu temple is situated the slope of a hill and is looked after by the Chaturshringi Devasthan temple trustees.

The literal meaning of Chaturshringi is a mountain with four peaks and hence it is considered to be a symbolism of faith and power. This temple is 90 feet in height and is 125 feet wide. In order to reach the shrine of the temple goddess Chaturshringi one has to climb up a fleet of more than 100 stairs. Except for the main deity temple of lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga are also constructed in the premises. Moreover the eight miniature idols of lord Ashthavinayaka draw attention of devotees who come to visit the temple. These small temples are located separately on four hillocks.

Chaturshringi Temple

Chaturshringi Temple | Image Resource: wikipedia.org

According to the legend associated with the Chaturshringi temple, Durlabhseth Pitambardas Mahajan was an ardent devotee of the goddess Chaturshringi and hence he visited all her temples across far off lands in search of spirituality and peace.

But as he grew in age he was unable to travel any further. One night as per legends say the deity appeared in his dream and said that if “you cannot come to me, I would come to you” and showed him the location on a hill. The very next morning Durlabhseth headed towards the site he has been directed to and dug out the soil to find a natural figurine of the goddess. He there after constructed the shrine of goddess Chaturshringi on that very site. The temple has been renovated time and again since its establishment.

The deity goddess Chaturshringi is also called Goddess Ambreshwari by the localites and is considered as the presiding deity of the city of Pune. On the auspicious eve of Navaratri a fair is held annually at the foothills. The whole place is flooded by exuberant devotees and believers of goddess Chaturshringi who travel from far off and nearby places to be a part of the fair and pay their homage to the goddess.

Flight Hotel Booking for Pune – Journey from Bhubaneswar to Pune via BBS Pune Express

Being a civil engineer by profession I get numerous opportunities to visit a variety of places, even those located at the remotes parts of the country. I have great interest in travelling and due to my need to ravel on a frequent basis I generally prefer budget travel via trains or buses and made flight hotel booking for Pune. I m a foodie and have quite an interest in laying my hands on the local cuisines. Recently I visited the city of Pune and via this post I would like to share my experience of the train journey from Bhubaneswar railway station (BBS) to Chinchwad railway station Pune (CCH) by BBS Pune express (12582).

Pune has a sound historical background. The name has been derived from “Punyanagri” that refers to a city of virtue. It has a couple of marvels, temples and forts that portray the architectural heritage of its past rulers. In the early 17th century Pune was the headquarters of the great ruler Shivaji and hence its architecture depicts the culture of the Shivaji dynasty.

Bhubaneswar Railway Station

Bhubaneswar Railway Station | Image Resource: panoramio.com

Apart from its archaeological treasures Pune is a very cosmopolitan and lively city as it is one of the main educational and commercial hubs of the country. There are a lot of affordable coffee bars and night clubs in the city where one can hang out with friends. Several music and art festivals are also hosted in the city quite often.

As I planned my trip to Pune I wanted to make sure that my stay there was quite comfortable and could fit my budget as well. I opted for a stay cum travel package that suited my requirements best. There are a number of travel web sites that offer a variety of packages to choose from. Although I prefer travelling by train but for those who wish to travel via airways have to face no difficulties in doing so.

A number of low budget carriers operate via almost every city of India to Pune airport. The most frequent air carriers are Jet airways, Spice Jet and Jet Connect. Hence one can easily book a fight for himself via any travel website or online by the flight hotel booking for Pune or on the website of the desired air carrier.

The stay cum travel packages also provide a wide range of options for hotel accommodations that fit the budget as well as make the stay a comfortable and satisfactory experience. As Pune is a city that is flooded with tourists and students as well as travelers for business purposes most of the renowned hotels can be booked before hand by the online booking option on their websites. As I had already made arrangements for my travel and accommodation I was quite excited to explore the city now and was hoping my stay there to be a knowledgeable and wonderful experience.