Bhuleshwar Shiva Mandir…. A brief photologue.

On 24th of Jan, I happened to be in Pune for some work with friend. After finishing our work we decided to go to Bhuleshwar Temple which was approx 55 Km from there. Relying on Google map we instead of taking a straight Pune Solapur highway, took Hagwane Road – Beautiful Saswad -Bhopdev –Pune Road – Malshiras road – Bhuleswar Road. It was pleasure driving on Ghats of Beautiful Saswad –Bhopdev.

Later a small miss of turn on Malshiras road took us to Ambale Goan (Bhairavnath Mandir ). Exactly 1 and half hours of driving on state and village road brought us to the door step of Temple on the hilltpop of Mashiras.

Bhuleshwar is an ancient Shiva temple originally built around 8th century, reconstructed again in 1230 AD during Yadavas Dynasty and then partially disfigured and destroyed by Muslim invaders.

It is believed that the temple was built during the time of the Pandavas. The temple was originally a fort by the name Mangalgadh and is also known as Daulatmangal Fort. The fort was constructed by Murar Jagdev in 17th century after he robbed Pune. He built the fort on the hill of Bhuleshwar Temple to keep a watch and get a view of the city.

Bhuleshwar Temple is made from black basalt rock which was brought especially to construct the temple. The rock is different from the other rock brownish basalt that is seen in the surroundings. The structure of the temple is traditional and the walls feature beautiful carvings. Figurines of several deities and mythological characters can be seen carved on the walls of the temple. Right from the entrance of the temple, visitors can see the cravings that augment the structure of the stone.

The area of Bhuleshwar Temple is considered to be of historical and religious importance. It is believed that this is the spot where Goddess Parvati performed dance for Lord Shiva before they left for Mount Kailash where they got married.

 

Remains of once a beautiful Mangalgadh Fort.

A broad steps going straight down to village

Beautiful Gan Nayika welcoming at the Entrance Steps 

Beautiful Gan Nayika welcoming at the Entrance Steps 

Huge bell at the entrance.

Grand Nandi before the gambhara. 

The Temples of Mystical Bhuleswar is broadly divided in to three sections. 

Nandi Mandapa where a grand statue of Nandi welcomes you.

Sabha Mandapa : The main section where devotee sit and meditates.

Antarala : A small section and entrance to the main GarbhGriha.

Entrance door to the middle part of Mandir

Entrance door to the middle part of Mandir 

Huge tortoise sculpture 

Extravagant carvings of scenes from the Mahabharat and Ramanyan

depicted in a story narration form.

Moment of calmness

….the entire journey of reaching to Bhuleswar, Being there and coming back was so beautiful that I feel though I am back my soul is still there.

Will shortly be visiting it again and will post in full researched details along with historical and religious info.

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