Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pataleshwar cave temple

Recently i got to visit this beautiful temple.
Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune, on the Jungli Maharaj Road, is a heritage site for Pune with a long history dating back to the 8th century AD. A remarkable feature of the Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune is that it bears resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora.

Pataleshwar cave temple is a huge temple carved out of a single rock and houses gigantic pillars, a shrine of Lord Shiva (also known as Pataleshwar) and a Nandi bull.

The Pataleshwar cave temple at Pune has an exotic arrangement of circular stone at the entrance. The entrance is a sight worth seeing, as it highlights acute sense of geometry of these architects. The temple also has a wide array of seating arrangement, including smaller rooms for the visitors.

The sculpture of the Pataleshwar cave temple in Pune, which, although mesmerizing, is incomplete. Although we find an elaborate design in the main worship area, other parts of the rock temple is devoid of much beautification. The sculpture in the principle worship area include beautiful statues of Sita, Rama, Laxman and a host of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses located in the cube-shaped room at the heart of the temple.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Aga Khan Palace

The Agakhan Palace, Pune is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Following the launch of Quit India movement in 1942, Gandhiji, his wife Kasturba, his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were interned at the palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944. Mahadevbhai and Kasturba passed away while in captivity at the Agakhan palace and their samadhis are located in the campus.Situated near the River Mula, the palace is a simple memorial to Gandhi and his life.

Ashes of Mahatma Gandhi rest here

Samadhi of Kasturba

Samadhi of Mahadevbhai Desai

Side view of the Palace