Places Around Shiv Sagar

Ozar Temple - 24km

Vighneshwar Temple is the seventh Ganesha Temple to be visited during the Ashta Vinayaka yatra.This divine place is about 9kms away from Narayangaon on Pune Nasik road, Junnar taluka at Ozar The temple is east facing and has dimonds in eyes,on forehead and in naval. Riddhi-Siddhi stand on eithersides. Ozar in the Maharashtra depicts Ganapati as DeityVighneshwar who finished the trouble of the demon Vighnasura.

The legend says that Vighnasur, a demon was created by Indra, the King of Gods, to destroy the prayer organized by King Abhinandan. However, the demon went a step further and destroyed all vedic, religious acts. All the sages and people pleaded to God Ganesha for protection and to answer the people's prayers, Ganesh defeated the demon.

The story goes on to say that on after defeating, the demon begged and pleaded with Ganesha to show a mercy. Ganesha then granted him plea, but on the condition that demon should not go to the place where Ganesha worshipping is going on. In return the demon asked a favour that his name should be taken before Ganesha's name.

Thus the name of Ganesha became Vighnahar or Vighneshwar (Vighna in Sanskrit means an obstacle in the ongoing work due to some unforeseen, unwarranted cause). The Ganesha here is called Shri Vighneshwar Vinayak. The blessed sages installed an Idol of Vigneshwara at Ozar on the day of Ganesh Chaturti and offered worship.

The Temple is east facing with an image of flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi is enshrined in this grand temple which has interesting features such as a spacious courtyard, a grand entrance, sculptural and mural work. The image of Ganesha is decorated with precious and semi precious stones.

Shivneri Fort - 32Km

Shivneri Fort is situated at a distance of approximately 90 km from the Pune city. Sahaji, the father of Shivaji, got this fort constructed as a fortification from his enemies. It was here that Jijabai, the mother of Shivaji, spent the period of her pregnancy and gave birth to the great Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1627. Shivaji also spent his childhood in the Shivneri Fort, near Pune.

The education and training he underwent here played a major role in shaping him as a great ruler. Read on to know more about the Shivneri Fort near Poona, India… The architecture of the fort is worth a mention. One has to cross seven huge gates to gain access to the fort. In the middle of the Shivneri fort is a small water pond, known as Badami Talav. Near the pond is a statue of Jijabai with son Shivaji.

There is also a temple situated near the Shivneri fort, dedicated to goddess Shivani. It is said that Shivaji was named after goddess Shivani only. Situated at a small distance from the Shivneri Fort is a ghat, which is known as the Nane Ghat. From the ghat, one can have a spectacular view of the Konkan Plateau and its beautiful surroundings. Not very far from here is another fort, known as the Jivdhan. This fort is quite popular amongst trekkers. To enter the interiors of the fort from the road, one has to cross seven doors. Other places worth seeing in this fort are Dongarmatha, Kaman Take and Kadeloot Tok. Last but not the least, the Lenyadri Caves and Dhamankhel Kulaswami Khandoba Mandir situated near the Shivneri Fort are also worth visiting.

Lenyadri Temple - 33KM

Desire of having Vinayak as her son, Parvati performed penance for 12 years in the caves of Lenyadri. Ganapati was pleased and gave her the boon she wanted . On one Bhadrapada Shudh Chaturthi, Parvati scrapped the scraf from her body, mixed it with oil and ointment and formed an idol of Ganesh. She was performing pooja of that idol, suddenly the idol became alive and told Parvati that as desired by her he has taken Avatar in her house.

On 11th day he was named Ganesh meaning a person who keeps three qualities Satva, Raja and Tama under control. Lord Shiv Shankar gave him boon that whosoever remembers Ganesh before starting a work, will successfully complete the work. Ganesh grew up for 15 years at Lenyadri. Demon king Sindhu who knew that his death is in the hands of Ganesh, sent demons like Krur, Balasur, Vyomasur, Kshemma, Kushal etc. to kill Ganesh on Lenyadri. Instead Ganesh killed all these demons in his childhood. Ganapati also performed many Balleelas in this place. Hence Lenyadri is considered holy place.

Bhimashankar - 59Km

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated in the north of Pune, on the Sahayadri, by the banks of the river Bhima. It is from here that the Bhima River flows. It is believed that Lord Shiva was pleased by the devotion of a king named Bhimak of the sun Dynasty and is called the Jyotirlinga in the place. But according to the Shiv Purana the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated on the Mountain Brahmapur, district Kamrup of Assam. Lord Shiva had incarnated so that he could destroy the demons and protect his devotees and for the welfare of one and all.

It is believed that once upon a time in the place called Kamrup a great devotee by the name of King Kamrupeshwar would reside. He would be constantly abandoned in the worship of Shiva. During the same a demon named Bhima emerged and started harassing the people. He had heard many a things about the sublime devotion of Kamrupeshwar. He wanted to kill King Kamrupeshwar. No sooner he attacked the king absorbed in worship, his sword fell on the linga instead of the king. Instantly Lord Ashutosh appeared and destroyed Bhima along with his army.Seeing this, all were elated. On the sincere request of the gods and sages he agreed to reside there eternally by the name of Bhimashan.

Bhimashankar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas Temples, can certainly be termed as a Pilgrim Paradise. The dense forests surrounding the high ranges also play an abode to the rare species of flora and fauna. Situated at the extreme end of the Sahayadri Ranges, this place gives a wonderful view of the world around you, the forts, the rivers and the hill stations around.

Pune City - 63Km

They say the history and commerce of a city determines the image and its mould. Being the cultural capital of Maharashtra much can be attributed to the majestic history of this place, which has given the country leaders like Shivaji and Lokmanya Tilak. One of the prime getaways from Pune are the hills and the forts around it.

There are a number of interesting historical sights a short distance out of Pune that can be seen over a few days, if you plan your time right.

Shirdi - 124km

The Shirdi Saibaba Temple, located at Shirdi, Maharashtra, India attracts millions of devotees of all religions, castes and creed who come to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba.