The travel bug which bit me in 2016 triggered a search of ancient Shiva temples which are not much frequented by tourists unless on a pilgrimage. Bhuleshwar temple is one such Lord Shiva temple near Pune which defies the conventional architecture of Lord Shiva temples in India.
The temples is standing tall since late 12th century or early 13th century. The temple was built during the reign of King Mahadeva. The styling of temple is based on "Hemadpanthi style"
The temple has been restored and you can find traces of idols and carvings fallen apart or broken. The best part was fortification of the temple area by the Marathas by building a fort around it. The area is now under wild life protection and you can see lot of greenery around. From the temple you can see 360 degree landscape of the area
First glimpse of the temple when you approach it
The slope is bit steep and there is parking near the fort entry. Birds eye view from the parking area of the fort
The entire area is wild life protected and littering is strict no no. There are lot of points created in this area where you can enjoy with your loved ones and spend some time in calmness of the area
Since the temple architecture is way different than traditional Lord Shiva temples, you will enter the temple from the first temple and climb up the stairs to enter the main temple where you are greeted by a huge Nandi posture
You will be mesmerized by the sheer iconography of the temple and be amazed by the way the temple is designed. The stone work is simply superb
Finally the trishul
The trip was done along with one of my travel buddies and we could manage it in a day. Did this one in a car. Below is the trip detail for reference
Car Fuel cost: 1,950/-
Car parking: 0
Best part of the trip was the roads being really good. The toll outside of hadapsar is now closed and till the temple you don't come across any other toll.
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Please do not litter near the temple and maintain the temple decorum
This is a protected monument now so enjoy with care. Please do share your reviews about the tip