Location:- Saras Baug was once a small lake. The lake has dried up and the area is now conserved as a park or Baug (in marathi). This is one of the major landmarks in the city of Pune in Maharashtra and is very famous for its Ganpati temple. In this article however, we are going to focus on a Mahalakshmi temple nearby.
Main Deity:- The mandir is dedicated to Devi worship and the main deities are the three Goddesses of Hindu religion - Goddess Mahalaxmi (Goddess of wealth and prosperity), Maha Kali (destroyer of Evil) & Maha Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge and education). This is a Adi-Shakti temple where one can receive blessings from the divine Mother.
Below is a picture of Mahalakshmi Devi decked in her pure Gold saree. It is said that the saree costs around 15 crore INR and has been manufactured at Kanchipuram.
The temple is a white marble structure with intricate carvings on its pillars and walls. It has three Gopurams that also have various sculptures. The entire temple took 12 years to construct. Even the deities are made out of marble and decorated with Gold ornaments. The deities are 6 feet tall idols.
The Vimanam is around 60 feet tall and has been carved in Dravidian style of architecture
Festivals/Prayers:- The main festivals at this temple is the Navratri festival. Special Pujas and Aartis are held during these days.
On the day of Tripurari Poornima, the temple is decorated with 100,000 lamps.
The temple foundation has a number of social, cultural, charitable and medical programs for the devotees. For more information about the temple programs please visit the website listed below.
Address:- 2170, Sadashiv Peth, Saras Baug, Pune, Maharashtra 411030, India
How to Reach:- Pune is one of the major cities in India and is well connected to almost every other city in the country.
• By Road:- The temple is close to Swargate and can be accessed by public and private transporation vehicles
• By Air:-Nearby Airports are
1. Lohegaon Air Force Base Airport
2. Nanded Airport
3. Pune Airport
4. Mumbai International Airport
• By Rail:-Nearby Railway Station
1. Shivaji Nagar Train Station
2. Khadki Railway Station
3. Uruli Railway Station
Nearby Places to Visit:- • Sarusbaug Ganpati Mandir
• Parvati Hill Temple
• Dagdushet Halwai Temple