Parvati Hill, Pune, Maharashtra

Parvati Hill is a hillock located southern part of Pune city Maharashtra. It’s is the second highest point in Pune that rises 2100 feet above the sea level. One can get most picturesque and panoramic view of the entire city from peak point of the hill as it stands 260 feet from the city. Atop of the hill features with Sacred Parvati temples –a group of temples dedicated to Hindu deities. The temples comprise one major and four small temples and consecrated as Devdeveshwar temple (main temple or Parvati temple), Kartikeya temple, Vishnu temple and Rama temple. One needs to scale 108 steps to reach the main temple which is believed to be completed under the supervision of Balaji Baji Rao in the year 1749 and a supreme example of stone work of the Maratha period.  Being the second highest point in Pune and having panoramic view of the city from its apex, the Parvati Hill has become of the favorite tourist spots in Maharashtra and visited by many sightseers every day.

 The main temple known as Devdeveshwar temple atop of the hill was built quite delicately from a single blackstone and commissioned by the 3rd Peshwa, Shrimant Nana Saheb in the year 1749 A.D. The sacred Idol inside the temple has been curved from silver and it is a replacement of the previous idol which was stolen. There lies a well known myth behind the temple. Once Kashibai, the mother of 3rd Peshwar had been suffering from severe heel ailment on her right foot that led her go to the miraculous temple of Goddess Parvati in south Pune and pray to the Goddess for recovery. Soon after the pray she recovered completely and her son Shrimant Nana Saheb built the temple and dedicated to Goddess Parvati to fulfill his mother’s wish. One needs to ascend as many as one hundred and eight steps to reach the temple. The stairway to the temple survived two hundred and fifty years despite having fully exposed to Sun and wind, an intricate black quarry stone has been used very precisely throughout the step in an attempt to make the stair steps complete weather-resistant. There are four more temples established near to the main temple and can be recognized as  Kartikeya Temple , Rama Temple, Vitthal Temple and Vishnu Temple. The tourists and devotees can visit the temple during any season .The temple is open 5 am in the morning and closed at 8 pm during the day.

Apart from the temples dedicated to Hindu deities tourists can also visit Peshwa Museum which was built near the temple to commemorate Peshwa dynasty. The museum has a several collections of archives and artifacts predominantly Old manuscripts, portrays, replica and a few sculptures are kept inside the museum.