Pune is known to be a major city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Pune has served as the base to the Peshwas of the Maratha empire as well. Its name was derived from the word “Punyanagari”, which means the City of Virtue. The oldest existing reference to this name is found to be in Rashtrakuta Dynasty copper plate that dates back to the 937 C.E. There it has been mentioned by the name Punya Vishaya. Later on, it came to be known by the name Punawadi during the 13th century. There are multiple theories as to why its name changed from Poona to Pune, but according to the minute book of The Empress Garden. If you are visiting by train, it might be a great move to choose your hotel wisely as per the convenience of location. So you can check out the hotels near Pune railway station to make a wise choice regarding your place of stay.
The dominant religion of Pune is Hinduism while there are several churches, mosques, Jain temples, Gurudwaras and Buddhist Viharas as well. The most prominent Hindu temple of the city is the Parvati temple that lies perched on the Parvati hill and it is majorly visible from most of the inner suburbs of Pune. Chaturshringi Temple is the most visited temple of Pune city, and it is situated on the slopes of a hill in the city’s north western region. There is a quite grand and major fair organised at the temple during the festival of Navratri and it attracts a large number of devotees and worshippers who come all the way to gather here and pray together. Kasba Ganapati is the presiding deity of the city and his temple is located in Kasba Peth in the central part of Pune. Another major landmark of Pune city is the Sarasbaug Ganpati.
The Pataleshwar temple, which is an ancient rock cut temple, is believed to be one of the oldest temples of the city. Ganesh Chaturthi has been celebrated as a ten day long festival ever since 1894. During the celebrations, most of the neighbourhoods set up Pandals (temporary tent like structures) with idol of Lord Ganesha. All this is set amidst a religious setting and it is further decorated with festive music and grand and decorative lights. The festival finally culminates with a parade of Ganesh idols that people across the city bring with them and carry them across the city to the local rivers and then immerse them into the rivers as a part of a tradition locally known by the name Ganapati Visarjan or Ganesh Visarjan.
The first one to be immersed in this whole parade is the Kasba ganapati as he is the chief presiding deity of Pune city. This whole idea of a common public celebration was initiated by Lokmanya Tilak and this idea has long spread to other places in Maharashtra and beyond. If you visit Alandi and Dehu near Pune, you can see the Samadhis (Shrines) of Bhakti saints Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram Maharaj respectively.In the hindu month of Jyeshtha (June to early July), palanquins (locally known as palkhis) carrying the sandals of both the saints stop in Pune on their annual journey to Pandharpur. Check out the large number of hotels in Pune to make an informed choice for you place of stay.