Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Saras Baug is one of the major landmarks of Pune

Saras Baug, a park located in Pune city of the Indian state, Maharashtra, was developed using the land where a lake had dried up. It is spread over a vast area of 25 acres, and houses a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This temple was built during the eighteenth century near Parvati Temple. Over the years, the temple and its surrounding area underwent several renovations, and one of them was done with the help of East India Company in 1842.

According to legends, this temple was used by Marathas for discussing military strategies against the Nizam and British forces. The boats in which they arrived and departed were steered by non-natives to maintain complete secrecy. Saras Baug is located at a distance of about 6 kilometres from Pune Railway Station and about a kilometre from Swargate bus station. Tourists having an accommodation in Pune can visit this park and other popular places of interest during their vacation in the city.

The temple of Lord Ganesha in this park gets thousands of visitors every day. On certain occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi, up to eighty thousand devotees make a visit to this temple. Many of the luminaries and dignitaries also visit this sacred place to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

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