Pilgrimage in Maharashtra

1. Harihareshwar Temple

This temple is nestled in the high mountains of the Western Ghats and is one of the few unchanged temples with its beauty intact. Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Yogeshwari are the presiding deities in this temple.  Harihar hills form the backdrop of the temple which make for a stunning view.

Harihareshwar-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  05:00 am – 12 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Vishnu
  • Best Time to Visit:  10:00 am
  • Time Taken: 1 to 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Chattrapati Shivaji  International Airport | Nearest railway station is Mangaon

2. Marleshwar temple

It is a cave temple in the Ratnagri district of Maharashtra. It is surrounded by the scenic Sahayadri Range of mountains and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to sources, the temple was built by lord Parashuram and the Shiva lingam inside is surrounded by snakes that don’t harm anybody. Dhareshwar waterfall is also popular with tourists, making trekkers out of everybody who visits.

Marleshwar-temple
  • Temple Timings:  07:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva
  • Best Time to Visit:  10:00 am
  • Time Taken: 2 to 3 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is ChattrapatiShivaji  International Airport | Nearest railway station is Sangameshwar and Ratnagri

3. Hedvi Ganesh Temple

It is made up of white marble that was sourced from Kashmir and was made during the reign of Peshwas. The idol has ten hands and is nearly 10 feet tall which looks marvellous when seen from the nearby beach and is a popular temple in the Konkan region.

Hedvi-Ganesh-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  Sunrise to Sunset
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Ganesha
  • Best Time to Visit:  Oct-May
  • Time Taken: 1- 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Pune International Airport | Nearest railway station is Chiplun

4. Velneshwar Temple

It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple has many shrines dedicated to lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. Itwas first made by the Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri TimbakRavaji Gokhale. In the main sanctum of the building, numerous mythological carvings in the wall and paintings can be found.

Velneshwar-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  6:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva and Parvati
  • Best Time to Visit:  Oct-May
  • Time Taken:  1- 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Mumbai Airport | Nearest railway station is Chiplun

5. Moreshwar Temple

The temple is one of the first Ashta Vinayak Temples of Lord Ganesha in Pune. The Ganpata Saint MoryaGosavi helped built this temple. It is built with black stones and has four gates and was said to be patronaged by the Peshwas. The presiding deity is Ganesha in the form of Lord Mayureshwar made of alloy of five metals and the temple has four minarets and a 50 feet tall wall making it appear sacred and majestic.

Moreshwar-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  6:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Ganesha
  • Best Time to Visit:  Oct-May
  • Time Taken:  1- 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Lohegaon Airport | Nearest railway station is Jejuri

6. Ranjangaon Mahaganpati Temple

It was constructed in the 9th or 10th century and made by the Peshwas. Madhavrao Peshwa made a room in the basement of the temple to keep the idol of Lord Ganesh. It was later renovated by SaradraKibe.  According to sources, Lord Shiva himself sought the blessings of Ganesh here and later went on to destroy Tripurasur.  The sun rays fall directly on the idol as the aesthetically rich temple faces east.

Ranjangaon-Mahaganpati-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  6:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Ganesha
  • Best Time to Visit:  Oct-May
  • Time Taken:  1- 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Pune Airport | Nearest railway station is Yevat

7. Trimbakeshwar Temple

At the foothills of Brahmgiri Mountains in Nasik and near the banks of River Godavri is the temple of Trimbakeshwar. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva and was built by Sri Nana Saheb Peshwa in 1755-1786 AD. It has one of the few Jyotirlinga’s in the world which has all three faces of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra and has crown studded which precious stones that belong to the Pandavas.

Trimbakeshwar-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  6:00 am to 12:00 pm, 05:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva
  • Best Time to Visit:  Oct-May
  • Time Taken:  1- 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Nashik Airport | Nearest railway station is Padli

8. Shirdi Temple

It is one of the most popular places to visit in Maharashtra and is famous for its shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba. It was constructed in the 20th Century and according to sources, Shirdi Sai Baba came here when he was 16 years old and stayed here till his death in 1918. He transformed this village into a pilgrimage site with his selfless love, kindness and devotion.

Shirdi-Temple
  • Temple Timings:  4:00 am to 12:00 pm, 04:30 to 11:15 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Shirdi Sai Baba
  • Best Time to Visit:  Oct-May
  • Time Taken:  1- 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Auragabad Airport | Nearest railway station is Kopargaon

9. Tryambakeshwar Shiva Temple in Nashik District:

Hindu Devotional Blog: Trimbakeshwar Temple Maharashtra

Tryambakeshwar Shiva temple is an ancient temple located in the Triambakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik district. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It probably aces the maharashtra famous temples list. The temple has a sacred pond which is the source of the Godavari River. The major festival celebrated in the temple is Shiva Ratri. The temple is itself built in beautiful black stone and has intricate carvings worth spending time admiring. The nearby area is kept clean and there are food stalls around with vada paw and pakodas usually quite delicious. Aim to get a VIP pass for something around 200 INR for a special quicker darshan.

  • Address: Shrimant Peshwe Path, Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra 422212
  • Timings: 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Rudrabhishek 7:00 am to 8:30 am
  • Dress Code: No dress code as such if not entering the inner sanctum and going for a general darshan. However, dress code varies with the pujas you’d like to perform. Men are mostly required to be dressed in dhoti and kanduwa at Abhishek time.
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1 Hour
  • How To Reach: the temple is 28 km from Nashik city. Direct buses and Autorickshaws are there between Nashik Road and Trimbakeshwar Bus Stand.
  • Temple Website: http://www.trimbakeshwartrust.com/#3
  • Best Time To Visit: Shivratri and Vasant Panchami
  • Other Attractions: Bramhgiri Fort trek, The Kedareshwar Temple and Kushawarta Tirth is usually combined.

10. Lalbaugcha Raja Temple at Lalbaug:

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Lalbaugcha Raja temple located at Lalbaug is the most famous Sarvajanik Ganapati temple in Mumbai during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Over 1.5 million people visit this Ganesh pandal daily during the 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi festival every year. This number is, in fact, increasing year on year. After the eleventh day, the idol is immersed on the auspicious occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganapati idol in the current year is 81 years old. The two types of darshan here include the Navsachi (for staunch devotees that want to indulge in Charan Sparsh) and the Mukha Darshan (for those who just want to see the idol from afar). It is one of the most revered hindu temple in maharashtra.

  • Address: 1, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Lal Baug, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012
  • Timings: open 24 hrs during the festival
  • Dress Code: Respectful and traditional attire would work best.
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 2-3 Hour
  • How To Reach: The temple is located centrally in the city so easily accessible by public transport. You can take the local train to Chinchpokali or Byculla Station also.
  • Temple Website: http://www.lalbaugcharaja.com/
  • Best Time To Visit: During their annual LALBAUGCHA RAJA GANESH UTSAV.
  • Other Attractions: it is a world class festival and VIP entries can be tried to arrange in advance for hassle-free darshan.

11. Bhimashankar Temple in Khed:

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A Jyotirlinga shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is known as Bhimashankar temple is located in Khed, near Pune. It is situated in the Sahyadri hills surrounded by dense forests. Bhimashankar is the starting point of the Bhima River. River Bhima which flows southeast originates from the temple and meets River Krishna in Raichur. One of the important 12 jyotirlingas, it enjoys a good number of devotees thronging the temple gates year on year. It is said that the temple was built in the 13th century and resembles the Nagara style architecture. It is said to educate the visitors how Tripurasur was defeated by the combined form of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. A shrine dedicated to Kamalaja, another form of Goddess Parvati is also housed within the temple complex. Maha Shiva Ratri is the most popular festival here.

  • Address: Maharashtra State Highway 112, Bhimashankar, Maharashtra 410509
  • Timings: Morning: 5 am – 3 PM, 4 Pm – 9:30 pm
  • Dress Code: Traditional wear suggested
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1-2 Hours
  • How To Reach: Nearest airport and railway station are at Pune, 125 Km away. Buses can be taken from Pune, Ghatkopar and Kalyan too.
  • Temple Website: http://bhimashankar.in/
  • Best Time To Visit: Mahashivratri. September to February. For the adventure junkies, the monsoon is a great time.
  • Other Attractions: You can explore the Bhaja caves or the Imagica Theme Park in Khopali the next day.

12. Mahalakshmi Temple in Mumbai:

Mahalaxmi Temple Mumbai worli

Mahalakshmi temple is situated on Bhulabai Desai road and is one of the most famous temples in the city. The temple is dedicated to Mahalakshmi, the central deity of Devi Mahatyam. A Hindu merchant named Dhakji Dadaji constructed the temple in 1831. The temple has three images of the Goddesses Mahalakshmi, Mahakali and Mahasaraswati adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. Devotees from far off places visit the temple and offer flower garlands and paraphernalia to the deities on the auspicious occasion of Navaratri. It is truly a heritage site with its enchanting vernacular architecture

  • Address: Mahalaxmi West, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026
  • Timings: 6 AM – 10 PM
  • Dress Code: Respectful clothing suitable for a temple
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1 Hour
  • How To Reach: nearest railway station is Mahalaxmi Station from which bus/taxis can be taken to the temple. Public transport is easily available all around Mumbai.
  • Temple Website: http://mahalakshmi-temple.com/
  • Best Time To Visit: Navaratra, Diwali and Margashirsha month
  • Other Attractions: special havans can be organized in the name of the devotee at the rate of 2500 INR. Haji Ali Dargah and the Heera Panna Shopping Centre are nearby attractions.

13. Tulja Bhavani Temple in Tuljapur:

Tuljabhavani Temple Tuljapur, Maharashtra - Temple Timing

Tulja Bhavani temple located in Tuljapur in Osmanabad district is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani and is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of goddess Durga. The goddess is also known as Amba. The main idol is 3 feet tall and made of granite. The temple was built in the 12th century. There is also a temple dedicated to Markandeya Rishi and a temple of Goddess Annapurna in the main complex. Every morning at 5, there’s a ritual of playing the drums in Nagarkhana very loudly which is a call for prayer to devotees. The temple celebrates Khandenavami and Dussehra. It is said that the royal families of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka are staunch devotees of Tulja Bhavani.

  • Address: Mahadwar Rd, Jijamata Nagar, Tuljapur, Maharashtra 413601
  • Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 900 p.m
  • Dress Code: Respectful traditional suitable for a temple. Men usually expected to wear dhotis and women, sarees or suits.
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1-2 Hour
  • How To Reach: Aurangabad is the nearest Aiport (288 km away). Osmanabad rail station is the nearest by train (30.7 Kms away). One can also easily reach by road from Mumbai as it is well connected to the city.
  • Temple Website: https://www.tuljabhavani.in/
  • Best Time To Visit: Navrati festival time. Khandenavami and Dussehra are most celebrated.
  • Other Attractions: Nearby Chintamani and Vishnu tirth are usually coupled with this temple visit.

14. Durga Devi Temple in Guhagar:

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Durga Devi temple is situated in Guhagar in Ratnagiri district is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is considered to be the Kuladevata or clan goddess. It’s a Panchayatan style temple since it has four temples for sub-ordinate shrines of other deities, namely, Surya or the sun god, Shri Ganesh, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu with Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is visited by people all over the country during the festival of Navaratri. It is one of the ancient temples of India with a sea-side feel and greenery around. Some also believe it to be the oldest temple that has been more recently re-done.

  • Address: MH SH4, Guhagar, Maharashtra 415724
  • Dress Code: Respectful clothing suitable for a temple
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1 Hour
  • How To Reach: It is 6-7 hours from Pune by road. Buses are available from all major Konkan cities. By rail, Chiplun is the nearest station which in turn is connected to Mumbai and Pune.
  • Temple Website: N/A
  • Best Time To Visit: Navratra Utsav
  • Other Attractions: the beach at Guhagar is said to be one of the best Konkan strips to enjoy at. Soak in the Konkan culture here. During monsoons, one can truly be charmed by the places beauty. The entire environment is made even more serene due to the appearance of lakes and waterfalls.

15. Babulnath Temple in Mumbai:

Balbunath Temple Photos

Babulnath temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on a small hillock near Girgaum Chowpatty. It is one of the oldest places of worship in Mumbai. The main deity in the temple is a Babul tree which is considered a form of Lord Shiva. The temple is actually in quite a serene setting. It is 1000 feet above sea level and with the background of the nearby gushing Arabian Sea. So if you want to find a tranquil break in Mumbai, the Babulnath temple is quite apt. The temple has a flight of stairs to reach the Shivlinga and obtain blessings from the Lord. One can also use the elevator to reach the top. Maha Shivaratri is the most popular annual festival here when lakhs of devotees come to the temple to offer their prayers.

  • Address: 16, Babulnath Road, Charni Road Near, Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
  • Timings: 5.00 AM – 10.00 PM.
  • Dress Code: No dress code as such but decent, temple apt attire should do
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1 Hour
  • How To Reach: The temple is close to the Charni Road Stations (20/30 minute walk) for those using the local train. You can also take an auto or a taxi from any part of the city to the temple.
  • Temple Website: http://www.babulnath.com/
  • Best Time To Visit: Shivaratri is a great time to visit this temple.
  • Other Attractions: The pillars of the temple are adorned with stunning episodes from the Hindu Mythology giving us an insight into India’s rich culture and legacy. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple is 0.1 km away and Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum is 0.4 km away.

16. Ballaleshwar Pali Tempel in Raigad District:

Ballaleshwar Ganpati Temple Pali Bhakta Niwas | Ashtavinayak

Ballaleshwar Pali temple is one of the eight Astha vinayaka temples located in Maharashtra. It is situated 30 km away from Karjat in Raigad district and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Balleshwar is another form of Ganesha which is the only incarnation to be known by his devotee’s name. The idol of Ganesha sits on a stone facing east and its eyes and navels contain diamonds. The god here is known for swiftly responding to the wishes and prayers his devotee bring to him day on day, thronging the gates with hope and gratitude.

  • Address: Tal. Sudhagad, Dist. Raigad, Pali, Maharashtra 410205
  • Timings: 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
  • Dress Code: Respectful clothing suitable for a temple
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1-2 Hour
  • How To Reach: By road it is located 8 km from Mumbai- Goa Highway. Direct buses are available from Mumbai. Nearest railway station is Nagothana (13 km away)
  • Temple Website: http://www.ballaleshwar.com/
  • Best Time To Visit: Bhadrapadi Utsav and Maghi Utsav time
  • Other Attractions: The mesmerizing hot springs at Unhere is 4 km away

17. Parvati Hill Temples in Pune:

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The Parvati hill is an extremely scenic, 2100 feet high hillock in Pune. It has 5 temples located atop. They are the Devdeveshwar temple, Kartikeya temple, Vishnu temple, Vitthai temple and Rama temple. The temple has 103 steps to be climbed to reach the top of the hill from where devotees can visit the temples. The main temple is dedicated to Devdeveshwara and is made of black stone. With the lush greenery around and the fresh environment atop the hill, the Parvati temples are one of the most appealing locations in Pune city. The temple is also famous for being a huge part of Pune city’s heritage, it is after all the oldest structure of the town that goes back to being built during the Peshwa dynasty period.

  • Address: Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009
  • Timings: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Dress Code: Respectful clothing suitable for a temple
  • Approx. Visit Duration: 1-2 Hour
  • How To Reach: Nearest railway station is Grant Road. 15 minutes taxi from the station to the temple.
  • Temple Website: N/A
  • Best Time To Visit: 4 Pm – 6 PM. Classical music festival held here is a must visit.
  • Other Attractions: Parvati museum containing manuscripts and collections of the Peshwa rule. Bhaja caves are near to Pune city and a good place to explore.

So now you know that the state of Maharashtra is not all about fun and games. There is so much to explore and one should not miss out on its spiritual side once in the state. Serenity, peace of mind and who knows…probably a special encounter with your almighty is what these famous temples in Maharashtra state have on offer! Do get in touch with us sharing your experiences. We would love to hear about your travels and hope that this guide was helpful.