Replica of the Tirupati Balaji (Lord Venkateshwar, Prati Balaji)- is at Ketkawle village near pune.Shri Balaji Mandir is around 45 kms from Pune. You can take the pune satara Highway, cross the katraj tunnel, then shindewadi, khed, shivapur- nasarpur phata- kapurhole villages are on the way. You can take the left turn on Nasarpur phata to reach balaji temple. You can plan a oneday picnic and visit some more places like baneshwar, purandar, narayanpur and bhatgar Dam on one day. The design of the temple is the perfect replica of the Tirupati Balaji temple. Inside the temple there is Idol of the Lord Venkateshwara. There is Hundi outside to contribute the money for different activities. Also, there are four small temples inside main temple. Lords images are painted on the top surface of main venkateshwara Temple. Don’t forget to see top when you enter the temple. It’s an extra ordinary painting work.
You can take Prasad of laddus or if you have come between 9am to 3pm you can take the mahaprasad coupen inside the temple. The surrounding of the temple is awesome .
Timings of Prati Balaji Temple Pune :
Temple is open from 5am to 8pm daily.
Darshan Close Timings
07.30 am to 08.15 am
10.30 am to 11.15 am Daily Naivedyam
6.30 pm to 07.15 pm
09.00 am to 09.30 am Saliampu – Netradarshan (Thursday Only)
05.00 pm to 05.30 pm Poolangi Seva (Thursday Only)
08.15 am to 10.15 am After Abhishekam (Friday Only)
Timings Pooja Details
05.00 am to 05.30 am Suprabhatam
06.30 am to 08.15 am Morning Pooja
10.00 am to 11.15 am Afternoon Pooja
06.00 pm to 07.15 pm Evening Pooja
08.00 pm onwards Shuddhi &Ekantseva
Friday Special Program
07.30 am to 08.00 am Abhishekam
05.00 pm to 05.45 pm Unjal-seva
As soon as you enter this holy place, you will get struck by the positive energy. The magnificent architecture and the spic and span premises is really commendable. The temple is carved with stone and wood and apart from Lord Balaji, you can spot small shrines of various other god and goddesses. Though the temple is not as lavish as the real Balaji temple or carved with rich gold, but the glow and mysticism is in all sense equivalent to the original shrine in Tirupati.
The smooth highway ride from Pune to Narayanpur is just delightful. On the way to the divine destination you can take pleasure of the scenic view of mountains and verdant green spreads. There is also an assortment of eating places where you can take a halt and enjoy some sumptuous snacks.
Best time to visit the temple:
Monsoon and winter is the best time to visit the temple as your drive to temple will be comfortable and even standing in queue for darshan will be at ease.
How to reach there?
Route from Pune to Narayanpur Balaji temple:
To reach Balaji temple from Pune , you have to take Pune-Solapur highway route and drive towards Solapur. Do not take flyover, take the left road and reach Hadapsar Bus stand and from there travel a long way and reach Saswad village. After moving ahead of the village, you can witness the view of lush greenery. This road will take you to your destination, Balaji temple.
You can also take Mumbai-Bangalore highway. Once you cross the tunnel, you will come across Shindewadi and Khed Shivapur. After moving ahead, you will reach Bhor- Saswad junction. The temple is just 4 kms from this link. You can spot the temple on the left side. You need to travel through a small road to reach the divine destination.
Facilities provided by temple:
The temple offers free Prasad and meal for all the devotees. It also provides accommodation facilities. There is ample of parking space where you can comfortably park your two-wheelers or four-wheelers.
Map of Shree Balaji Temple Pune.
Compiled by : Team Townpune
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