Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale at Narayanpur near Pune is a small scale model of Tirupati Balaji Temple (Andhra Pradesh). It is one of the best temples to visit in Pune as well as in the Maharashtra.
Location: Ketkawale village, Narayanpur, near Pune city, Maharashtra.
Best Time To Visit: Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale (narayanpur) remains open throughout the year. But, a visit to this temple during monsoon & post-monsoon months gives a pleasant experience. The temple surroundings and the route to the temple glow with beautiful lush greenery. Furthermore, splashing water streams & small waterfalls along the route of this temple add more fun to the journey!
Prati Balaji Temple Ketkawale (Narayanpur) Information:
Prati Balaji temple narayanpur near Pune is an amazing replica of the world famous Tirupati Balaji Temple (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam). It was built by the V.H.Group at a cost of 27 crores. It is located outskirts of Pune and also known as Shri Venkateshwara Temple. The priests of this temple have come from Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh. Balaji temple at Pune is constructed under the guidance of Tirumala Tirupati Temple Devasthan. It took almost 7 years to built this temple during 1996 to 2003 and it is one of the best religious spots in the Maharashtra.
Temple & Deity
Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale (Narayanpur) temple looks very beautiful and has a good appearance. Temple surroundings have a serene and peaceful environment. The main deity of the temple is carved in the wood unlike the stone sculpture of the original Tirupati temple. Deity is painted in Grey oil paint colour. The interior of the temple is decorated with the amazing woodwork. The inside of the temple is quite colourful. The building materials like black stone and other building material have been brought from Kancheepuram.
Therefore by visiting this temple, one can get the same feel of visiting the Balaji temple in the Andhra Pradesh. Earlier the temple was visited by fewer people but now devotees from all major cities of Maharashtra visit this temple every day. If you visit this temple early in the morning, then you will get the Darshan in very less time due to less crowd.
Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale has very nice car parking management and cleanliness on its premises. Free parking space for cars & other vehicles is available in temple premises. They lend you a parking coupon on car parking. However, they do not allow mobiles, cameras, leather waist belts and wrist watches inside the temple for security reasons. Taking photographs inside the temple is strictly prohibited by temple authorities. The lockers are available to deposit all these things. However, visitors can take photographs outside the main temple.
Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale narayanpur offers good outing from Pune. There are many dhaba’s on the way to the temple which serves delicious food. Temple trust also provides free meal & Prasad to all pilgrims. Devotees can have prasad meal in the building next to the main temple. The meal tastes really nice and they do not take any charges for it. Temple has tight security for the safety of devotees. Nowadays, a huge number of people gives the visit to this temple on weekends.
- Purandar Fort: The hillfort of Purandar lies next to the Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale, Pune. One can reach here easily from the Ketkawale. It is one of the most important forts in the Maharashtra.
- Ekmukhi Datt Temple: By travelling about 8 kms ahead of Narayanpur, there is Ekmukhi Shree Dutt Temple. The road to the temple leads through beautiful ghat. It lies at the base of Purandar fort only.
How To Reach: Prati Balaji temple narayanpur is located 35-40 km from Pune. Many road signboards indicate directions towards the temple. Temple is located close to the Pune-Bangalore Highway (NH-4) near Kapurhol junction. Take the left turn at Kapurhol junction to reach the temple. It is the smooth & nice drive from Chandani Chowk(Pune). It takes about 1 hour to reach Prati Balaji temple from Pune.
- Nearest Rail Station: Pune Railway Station is the nearest & convenient railhead to reach Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale. The distance between Pune station and Prati Balaji temple narayanpur is about 40 kms.
- Nearest Airport: Pune airport is the nearest airport near this temple. Ample of taxi’s or radio cabs are available at the airport to this spot.
Contact: +91 2115-236176 / 236109 / 236171. For specific pooja or Abhishek contact temple office at020- 25870125
Prati Balaji Temple Ketkawale Timings: Daily 5:00 am to 8:00 pm. Every day many activities are carried out in the temple. You can even check the activity timings in the table given below. (Note that these timings may differ on special occasions)
|1.||Daily Pooja Timing Schedule|
|-Suprabhatam||05.00 am to 05.30 am|
|-Morning Pooja||06.30 am to 08.15 am|
|-Afternoon Pooja||10.00 am to 11.15 am|
|-Evening Pooja||06.00 pm to 07.15 pm|
|-Shuddhi and Ekantseva||08.00 pm onwards|
|2.||Darshan Timings At Prati Balaji Temple Ketkawale|
|-Daily Naivedyam||07.30 am to 08.15 am
10.30 am to 11.15 am
06.30 pm to 07.15 pm
|-Poolangi Seva (Only on Thursday)||05.00 pm to 05.30 pm|
|-After Abhishekam (Only on Friday)||08.15 am to 10.15 am|
|-Saliampu – Netradarshan (Only on Thursday)||09.00 am to 09.30 am|
|3.||Special Programmes on Friday|
|-Abhishekam||07.30 am to 08.00 am|
|-Unjalseva||05.00 pm to 05.45 pm|
Eating Stuff: Temple trust provides the free meal to all devotees. So you need not to worry about having food in the afternoon. Having food at Dhaba’s & hotels on the way to the temple is also an another good option. There are also some local restaurants in Narayanpur which serve food like Misalpav, bhaji, Bhel etc.
Accommodation: Prati Balaji temple Ketkawale authorities provides accommodation facilities if you wish to stay there. You can contact them on the number given above.
Map to reach Balaji Temple:
Official Temple Website: www.sribalajimandirpune.com
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