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Historical heritage of more than 500 years, surrounded by great forts and one time ruled by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj , and Great Peshavas,....Take me there..
Pune, located 170 kms. south of Mumbai has been the cultural capital of Maharashtra, since ages. The city was one of the pivotal basesof the 17th century great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, who was born at the Shivneri Fort here. Pune became the seat of the enterprising Peshwas, under whom Maratha power rose into a major political force. The Peshwas were renowned patrons of the arts and in their time, enriched the city with temples, gardens and educational institutions. It was here that Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak introduced the principle of Swadeshi during the Freedom Movement. Today Pune is one of the leading metros in India, with the Film and Television Institute of India and National Defence Academy based here. It is fast becoming one of the major hubs of industry and commerce in the country.
Late Sardar Krishnaji Kashinath alias Nansaheb Khajgiwale gave the Ganesh festival the form of public celebrations. He had witnessed the public celebrations of this festival in Gwalior in 1892 which inspired him to start something similar in Pune . Thus in 1893, Shri Khajgiwale, Shri Ghotawadekar and Shri Bhau Rangari were the first three mandals to start public celebrations of Ganesh festival. Ganesh festival celebrated prior to this was a private affair. The credit of giving Ganesh festival the form of a public movement so that all the educated, non educated,young and old should participate in the national movement goes to Lokmanya Tilak. Tilak encouraged the Melas and also gave a new dimension to the Ganapati immersion procession. Tilak achieved the objectives of giving proper direction to the enthusiasm of the youth, to praise the artists and to educate the people. Slowly the Ganesh festival assumed the nature of public celebration outside Pune also. In the pre independence period the festival proved to be a very good medium to cultivate awareness among the masses and unite them. This helped in intensifying the freedom struggle. But in the post independence era the festival has become more entertainment oriented. The main motive of bringing about social awareness seems to have been lost. Still there is a ray of hope because there are some mandals who still remember that they do have a social obligation. We sincerely hope the number of such mandals increase.
is one of the finest places in Konkan. It is just 130 Kms. from Pune. It
is famous for a temple on the seashore as well as the beach and the
natural beauties here. Harihareshwar is only 25 Kms for Shri Vardhan. If
one wants to enjoy travelling by sea, the launches are also available
between the two towns. The temple here is one of the major attractions.
Harihareshwar is known as Kashi of Southern India. The hill on the
seashore at Harihareshwar is also known as 'Harihar' or 'Pushpadri'.
120 k.m. away from
Pune and 13 k.m. away from Panvel, this area is famous for the wide
variety of birds (around 150 different species) found here. Keeping the
same in view, this 4.5 sq. k.m. region was declared as the bird
sanctuary by the Maharashtra Government in 1968-69.