Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Located in the center of the city, at a height of 2100 feet, the Parvati temple which is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati provides an aerial view of the entire Pune city. I have fond memories of this place where I went in my childhood with friends from school for a picnic. The 103 stairs that lead up to the temple were of no consequence then today is quite an ordeal. The temple dates back to the Peshwa era 1749 AD to be precise. Built by Peshwa Nanasaheb its existence has been shown even before that during the time of Chatrapati Shivaji. The temple has historical significance to the Peshwa history and has a lot of underground tunnels (closed today) going upto the Shaniwar wada. You can read more about it here. Quite simply it is today a place of respite for Punekars and their children for a bite of peace and history respectively.