If you are traveling to Pune any time soon and want to complete a short religious trip, then visiting Sri Balaji Mandir in Pune is really a great idea. Read to know more about the Mini Balaji Mandir of Pune, which is also known as Prati Balaji Mandir for its close depiction of the renowned Balaji Temple of Tirumala in Tirupati. Sri Balaji Mandir in Pune has been developed in a green landscape that provides immense peace to visitors of the temple.
Those who are ardent devotees of Lord Balaji and couldn’t travel to Tirupati Temple should definitely see this beautiful temple that has all the poojas and sevas performed in similar sync with the Tirupati Temple. So, where is this Mini Balaji Temple located in Pune exactly? Well, the correct address you would get on Google Maps, but in short, the temple is situated at Ketkawade which is near Narayanpur. It is just 45 kms away from Pune and the journey will take you to the wonderful green fields, and small waterfalls as and as you near your route to the temple.
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The temple’s architecture is on similar lines to the Tirupati Balaji Temple as it has been guided by the Tirumala Tirupati Temple Devasthanam and built by Sri Ahobila Mutt. The idol of Lord Balaji has been built in wood and painted with grey oil paint. You would be surprised to know that it took over 7 years i.e. from 1996 to 2003 to construct the temple. The temple is open on all 7 days of the week from morning to evening 7 am to 12pm and 4pm to 9 pm. If you go in the morning time, you will be able to get less crowd and also get good darshan of the Gods. You can even buy and offer Annadanam, sweets, and Pongal to Lord Balaji.
The temple has the main deity as Lord Balaji. Other Gods and Goddesses present in the temple include Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, Padmavati, and Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha. Sri Balaji and Sri Padmavati are seen in the temple as being wedded in the presence of Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha and thus, it is believed that several devotees can fulfill their marriage-related wishes by visiting this auspicious temple.
Bhuleshwar temple, Baneshwar temple, Sinhagad Fort, Ek Mukhi Datta Mandir are some of the religious places that are located quite nearby to the Sri Balaji Temple in Pune. The Mini Balaji Temple also has a huge hall that has been attached for its different festivals and provided to devotees for their social and religious gatherings to be conducted with the blessings of Lord Balaji. The temple also has a Goshala which has six cows.
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So, if you are looking for serenity and peace in your life, then definitely make a short trip to Mini Balaji Mandir. You will experience bliss and divinity if you believe and have full faith in the process. You can even perform poojas and sevas in the temple for a remedy that you are looking for in your life. Make sure to keep your mobiles silent and chappals outside and leave the worries outside the temple so that you get the positive energy that you have been eagerly looking for in these times.