'Kailash mountain is astonishing. The resting place of Lord Shiva and supposedly cannot be climbed' I told Suchita my wife while watching a National Geographic series on Mount Kailash.
'It is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati' still reside there.'
Suchita had come to know my sudden bursts of history and mythology sessions and nodded along.
'Hey Suchita do you know that there is actually a very old temple of Shiva near Pune. It is believed that Parvati had danced for Lord Shiva here and from where they had gone to Mt. Kailasha and got married'
'What ?!?!?' Suchita said a bit astonished. 'I did not know Pune was part of any folklore related to gods'
'Well, there are many stories associated with Pune' I continued 'This happens to be one of them'
'Actually... the Bhuleshwar Temple is supposed to be a photographers delight !!!' I continued. 'If you want we can plan one visit today'
I turned around to see Suchita already packing her camera and travel bag.
Bhuleshwar is a Hindu temple of Shiva, situated around 45 kilometres from Pune and 10 km from Pune Solapur highway from Yawat. The temple is situated on a hill and was built in the 13th century.
The temple is unique as its architecture is Islamic from outside and appears more as a mosque than a temple due to its resemblance of circular tomb and minarets. The reason for this unique design is said to be done to protect the temple from being destroyed by invaders. There are classical carvings on the walls. This is what Wikipedia tells us.
After an hour and half of drive, we took a right towards Yawat. The roads had been good all along and the drive pleasing. The temple becomes visible soon after you leave the highway.
This temple used to sit at top of a fort and the walls of the fort as still visible at places.
The road leads right upto the temple. There are few turns and bends along the way all through the incline.