JejuriPune is a district where many people reside and it attracts people from all over the country. Pune district has various small cities and hill stations situated nearby which are well known and attracted by various tourist every year. Each city is unique in its own way and has its own significance. Jejuri is one such city located on the outskirts of Pune. This is a small city with a population of not more than twelve thousand people. However, this city attracts tourists from Pune and other nearby areas. Jejuri is famous for its god Khandoba and its well-known temple, Jejuri Temple.
This city has its significance dating back from the times of Maratha ruler Shivaji. Jejuri was one of the major hill forts in Maharashtra. This was the place when Shahji – Shivaji’s father and Shivaji met each other after a long period of time. It was at Jejuri where all the strategic decisions against Mughals were taken by the Marathas. Hence, this place has gained historic significance.
Significance of Jejuri Temple
In this temple, Hindu gods are worshipped. Main god in this Temple is Lord Khandoba. It is also known as Khanderao, Khanderava, Malhari, Martand or Mallu Khan. Khandoba is basically an avatar or a form of Lord Shiva. Lord Khandoba is well-known amongst both Vaishnavas and Jain traditions. Khandoba is one of the most popular diety of Maharashtra. The foremost centre of Khandoba worship is Jejuri in Maharashtra and hence the place is popular. Khadoba signifies a warrior king and ‘Kand’ means a sword.
Jejuri Temple Structure
Jejuri Temple is situated on the hills and has 200 steps which devotees need to climb. However, these steps are not very difficult but are very simple steps which can be easily climbed by the devotees. While climbing these steps, you can enjoy the panoramic scenic view of the surroundings. You can also stop here to capture some beautiful moments in the camera. If the weather is clear then you can also enjoy the view of ‘Saswad’ and the ‘Dive Ghat’. Also en-route you can view the famous ‘Deep Mala’ or popularly known as ‘Light Stands of Stones’ which are very simple but beautiful. The temple and the idols placed in the temple are beautifully carved and are all unique.
Fairs in Jejuri
There is an annual fair which is held in November every year. It is popularly known as Jatra. More than 40,000 devotees from Pune and nearby cities attend this Jatra or fair. One of the famous festivals celebrated here is Dusshera. On this day the competition of holding the sword till maximum time is held and it is very popular amongst the people of Jejuri.
How to reach Jejuri
Jejuri is located about 48 kilometres from Pune. Jejuri is well connected by rail and road from Pune. There are various trains like LTT Express, Maharashtra Express, Koyna Express and Sahyadri Express which run daily from Pune to Jejuri and return. If you catch any of these trains then it will take about one hour and ten minutes to reach Jejuri from Pune station. Shared taxis are also available from Pune to Jejuri. Jejuri is also well accessible from Solapur. There are direct buses from Solapur to Jejuri. If you want to stay in Jejuri there are various lodges and rest houses nearby the temple where you can have a night stay.