Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Prati Balaji Temple near Pune


Prati Balaji Temple

Shri Balaji temple near Pune is an exact replica of the main Balaji temple at Tirupati. It's located at Ketkawle village and is approx. 45 kms away from Pune, Maharashtra. Devotees of Lord Venkateshwara comes here from different corners of the state to take his blessings. Though I had never been to Tirupati before but the essence of spirituality was very much there in the atmosphere of the place. People say that it's the exact copy of the main temple and even the carved sculptures on the temple also justifies that.Only difference is that the main temple at Tirupati is carved with gold and here it's a simple structure, but one can feel the same mystical energy here too. The temple is surrounded by mountains and green fields all around. During dawn the picturesque view of the temple from the backdrop of the mountains provides a refreshing and spectacular experience.







Inside main temple premises, apart from Lord Venkateshwara temple there are four other temples too. Lord Venkateshwara idol is installed in the main temple which is in the centre of the temple premises. Just before the exit gate, temple staff member gives ladoos to the devotees. And if you're visiting the temple between 9am-3pm, then staff members also provides the coupon of the maha-prasad. There is a separate bhavan in the premises only where we get maha prasadam. The quality of the food and staff management is excellent. I recommend if you're visiting this temple then don't miss to take this maha prasadam. It's really very good.








Near by places to visit -

Datta Temple, Narayanpur (10 kms from Prati Balaji Temple) 

Narayanpur is famous for this temple as it's the only single headed (God Datta has three heads) Lord Datta temple across country.


How to reach Shri Balaji Temple from Pune-

1) Pune-Bangalore Highway -- Katraj --Shindewadi -- Khed Shivapur -- Nasarpur phata --  
     Kapurhole village-- Bhor saswad road -- Prati Balaji Temple 

2) Pune-Solapur Highway -- Hadapsar -- Saswad road via Diveghat -- Saswad village -- 
     Narayanpur -- Prati Balaji Temple 

Both routes are good but if you're taking the 2nd one then you can witness some beautiful scenic views in between the route. 






Best time to visit - 

Best time to visit Prati Balaji Temple is from July to February. The beautiful surroundings makes this place worth a visit during monsoon time. To avoid standing in long queues for darshan, its always advisable to visit the temple in early morning hours.

Photography is not allowed inside the temple premises but we can take photos from outside.


Temple timings -

Opens at 5 am in the morning and closes at 8 pm in the evening.



Note: Few details have been taken from Google for accuracy.



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18 comments:

  1. Ahaan a well written post especially the pictures. Not a temple person at all so who are interested in visiting temples this post is definitely a guide for them.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading the post! Glad you liked the pictures :)

      Well, its a good weekend getaway from Pune with scenic beauty around. You can skip the temple, if you want. :P

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  2. Hi Saumy, awesome clicks and I am forced to visit it ver soon for sure..keep up the ace work :)

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    1. Thanksss Roma! Glad you liked the post :)

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  3. Good one and awesome pictures again... You have covered temple nicely from all the angles :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Deepa! Always encouraging to hear things like that :)

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  4. omg such a hidden gem or may be hidden from me :) I didn't know of Tirupati temple in pune. Awesome captures :)

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    1. Yeah, its awesome Shweta! Whenever you visit Pune next time, add this in your itinerary too! :)

      Thanks for stopping by and reading the post! :)

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  5. This temple is among my must visit places and you post and beautiful pics forced me to visit soon. Awesome clicks... Inspired to the core.
    Do visit www.direactingdreams.com

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by and reading the post, Yogita! Glad you liked the post :)

      Well, visit it soon then! :)

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  6. Your photo posts are all good and descriptive :)
    Wonderful pics, ad don't forget the logo :)

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    1. Thanks a lot for your kind words,buddy!

      I'm working on the logo, will let you know once its done! :)

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  7. beautiful captures Saumy. We have such grand temples everywhere in our country!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tina! We indeed have a great temples everywhere in our country! :)

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  8. Such a beautiful temple .Your description makes them appears more inviting.

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    1. Thanks a lot for stopping by and reading the post, Amrita! Glad you liked the post :)

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