Tuesday, April 7, 2009
PARVATI HILL - PUNE
Location : Pune
Steps : Parvati hill is the daily visiting place for a number of citizens and for many people, going to Parvati (103 steps) forms a part of their daily exercise regimen. A special black quarry stone has been used for all these steps. It is weather-resistant and except for a few places, the stone has survived for over two hundred and fifty years even after being fully exposed to sun, wind and water. The steps are so wide that an elephant can easily walk with all pomp and gaiety towards the temple. They are not too steep and even old people can climb with ease.
Altitude : 2100 feet above sea level and 260 feet from the city level.
Description : The temples on Parvati hill are the oldest heritagestructures in Pune and reminiscent of the Peshwa dynasty.
There is one Devdeveshwar temple on the hill and other temples of Lord Kartikeya (Murugan), Vishnu and Vitthal. Every temple has a place in the history of the Maratha empire.
Located on this hill is an interesting museum that commemorates the Peshwa rule. It is from this museum that we come to know that the Parvati Hill and Temple of Pune bore an idol which was carved out of gold by a craftsman from Karnataka; but it was stolen and replaced by a golden plated silver idol.
Timings : Parvati gates open at 5.00 am and close at 8.00 pm.
Website : More information on http://www.parvatidarshan.in