Balaji Mandir in PunePune is the second largest city of Maharashtra. Pune, as a tourist spot, attracts good amount of tourists from all over the country. The city has many temples and religious place to visit. One of the known temples in Pune is Ahobila Mutt Balaji Mandir. This temple is depiction of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Sri Ahobila Balaji Trust constructed a branch in Pune in 1998. Inaugurated on February 4, 2002, this Temple has idols of various Hindu gods. The Temple has the idols of various gods including Balaji, Padmavati, Lakshmi Nrusimha, Garud, Hanuman, Ram-Lakshman and Sita, Godha Deviand and Sudarsan Chakra.
History of Balaji Temple
Balaji Temple in Pune is administered by the famous Ahobila Mutt. This institution is more than 600 years old and runs various temples in the country. It is also believed that this institution came into existence at the instance of Lord Laxmi Nrushima himself.
The entire structure of Balaji Mandir in Pune is the replica of Balaji Temple in Tirupati. The walls of the temple have typical carvings of various deities depicting various festivals which you will not want to miss. Each carving on the walls is designed in a marvellous way and has its own significance.
Significance of Balaji Temple Pune
Balaji Temple in Pune depicts the traditional Tirumala Temple of Tirupati. In this Temple the position of the deities is in such a way that it has a special significance. The Ttemple is known for blessings for the newly-married couples. Goddess Padmavati on the right hand side and Lord Laxmi Nrushima on the left hand side presides the auspicious wedding of Balaji and Padmavati. These deities lock the marriage wishes and thus this temple gains more significance for the newly-married couple. Devotees from nearby areas in Pune visit this temple to seek the blessings.
Schedule of DarshanDevotees can visit Balaji Mandir in Pune at as early as 7.00 am for the first darshan. However, the Temple remains closed from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Thursday and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Temple remains close from 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm. It again opens for devotees at 4.00 pm daily and remains open till 9.30 pm every day. However, this schedule may change in case of festivals.
Seva or Donation
You can offer donation in various forms. However, You can devote your offerings in the form of various ‘Seva’ available. You can check the available ‘Seva’ amount with the temple Trust.
How to reach Balaji Mandir in Pune
Balaji Mandir is located about 40 kms away from Pune station at SUS Road, Pashan. There are direct buses available from Swargate to Balaji Temple Pune. The various buses you can catch from Swargate to reach the Temple are 0700, 0715, 0845, 0945 and 1045. These buses will charge you approximately Rs 20 per trip. Another option is you can also take a shared taxi from Swargate bus stop. These will cost you approximately Rs 40 per trip. It takes about 60-90 minutes to reach the Balaji Temple from Swargate.