Name: Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple
Address: Karve Road , kothrud, Pune
The Dashabhuja Ganpati temple is one of the well-known temples in the city of Pune. Located on the Karve Road, the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Dashabhuja literary means one having ten arms. Lord Dashabhuja is considered to be one of the holiest deities in Pune since the idol has its trunk turned towards right. According to the Hindu mythology, a Ganesha idol whose trunk is twisted towards right is considered to be highly divine and has to be worshipped with proper honors.
According to historical evidences, the temple of Dashabhuja Ganpati was built during the reign of Peshwas. The temple was founded when one of the sardars of Peshwa, Haripant Phadke was building a well on the plot he owned here. It has also been documented that this temple was further donated to the Peshwas as a part of dowry. Today, the temple is managed by the Shri Devdeveshwar Sansthan.
Today, the temple is well taken care of and maintained with beautiful artworks, stone pillars and arches. The moment you enter the main entrance of the temple, you start experiencing the spiritual aura present here. Moreover, the captivating Ganesh idol present in the sanctum offers you the best of tranquility it can offer. Crafted out of mere stone, the chrome colored idol is simply an excellent piece of work.
The compound of Dashabhuja Ganpati Temple also comprises of a small Hanuman Temple. Devotees are often seen visiting the Hanuman temple on Saturday when they offer garlands and oil to the holy deity. The temple opens up early in the morning and one can hear the priests chanting the Sanskrit mantras thus completing the morning puja. Then a morning aarti is performed to which devotees gather in a good number. The evening aarti is also usually conducted at 7:00 PM. The temple however remains open for the devotees from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day.