Bhuleshwar-Kanifnath and Malhargad- An awesome Photography treat

  • January 06, 2016
  • By Shantanu Paranjape

It was a cold Sunday in November when all Pune was in Sleep, we were travelling to visit an ancient temple of lord shiva at Bhuleshwar near Yavat. The plan was to visit Bhuleshwar as well as Malhargad in dive ghat.. Later on we included Kanifnath in our plan... It was a great photo graphical journey. captured some landscapes,wildlife, temples and forts.. Total 320 Photographs were taken. Here are some snaps from My Canon Powershot SX400.  

Bhuleshwar is a temple of Shiva, situated around 45 kilometres from Pune and 10km from Pune Solapur highway from Yawat. The temple is situated on a hill and was built in the 13th century. There are classical carvings on the walls. It has been declared as a protected monument
Bhuleshwar has a mythological & historical significance. Originally, it was a fort which was called as 'Daulatmangal'. It is said that Parvati danced for Shiva and from here they went to Kailas and got married. This place is crowded during Mahashivaratri.
The temple is also known for the folk-tale about it, when a bowl of sweet is offered to the Shiva Linga, one or more of the sweets disappear.
The temple also has an idol of Ganesha in female attire. It is popular as Ganeshwari or Lambodari or Ganeshyani.
Temple was built during the period of 1230 AD during Yadava Rulers. It is believed that the temple was ruined by Muslim invaders and reconstructed later because the entrance of the temple is hidden like Gaimukhi Buruj construction of Shivaji's time. The fort on which the temple is situated is called as Daulatmangal fort, also at times referred as Mangalgad. Black basalt (AA type) rock was brought to construct this temple which is different as compared to surrounding brownish color basalt which has high percentage of calcium (lime - Chuna). The fort was constructed in 1629 by Murar Jagdev who, in 1630, looted Pune. He then built the fort to keep a watch on the city.(Source-WIKI)
Malhargad, Jejuri, Saswad, Kanifnath Temple.
Best for birding, Ancient temple of lord shiva, Ancient fort and plenty of wildlife..


Fort Daulatmangal

Shiva Linga In water cistern.

Bhuleshwar temple

Lord Ganesh in Female form


Draupadi Swayanvar

Samudra manthan

Hidden door?

After Bhuleshwar, we took a hault at Saswad for breakfast at 11 A.M.. As we were having plenty of time in our hand, we decided to visit kanifnath temple, which is just 13 km from Saswad..


Shri Kanifnath Maharaj was one of nine teachers in the Navnath Sampradaya, a Hindu Parampara who believe that Rishi Dattatreya, an incarnation of the Holy trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to be its first teacher (Source: Bhatakanti). This temple is dedicated to him. The unique thing about this temple is that the main shrine is in a closed room and only men are allowed to enter it. It is not just walking through a door! There is a small opening, probably a little more than a foot in either direction through which you (only men and topless too!)have to crawl into and also come back the same way as you are not supposed to point your foot towards the shrine. No photos were allowed so i don't have any, but it was interesting watching people of all sizes and shapes get into the shrine. Plan your trip such that you reach the temple around sunset as the evening light is just great on the temple as there are no other hills around.

A view from kanifnath


Malhargad is a hill fort in western India near Saswad, 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Pune. It is also known as Sonori Fort due to the village of Sonori being situated at its base. The fort was named for the god Malhari and was the last fort built by the Marathas, about 1775.[1]
The Sahyadri range to the west of Pune in Velha taluka is split, and the forts Rajgad and Torna are on one branch while Forts Sinhagad, Purandar, Vajragad and Malhargad on the other. This range is known as the Bhuleshwar range which is spread along the East-West direction. The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on Dive ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760. The fort was built by Bhivrâo Yashvant and Krishnaji Mâdhavrâo Pânsê, a Peshwa Sardar,[1] who was the chief in charge of Tofkhana of the Peshwas. Citations of a visit of Elder Madhavrao Peshwe to the fort are available in historic documents. A palace, belonging to Panse, can be seen in the Sonori village though much of it is in ruins.
The fort is in good condition. There are two temples constructed side-by-side: the smaller for Lord Khandoba, and the larger for Lord Mahadeva. From the top of this fort, the city of Jejuri and Parvati Hills can be seen. The forts of Sinhagad, Purandar, and Vajragad are also visible.

It hardly took us 30 minutes to climb the fort and after exploring the fort in another 30 minutes we decided to return and within 10 to 15 minutes we reached to the base. It was a memorable experience with friends after long time and it was really good to visit historical places as well as temples.

A View From Top.

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Yellow Pancy

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