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Experience 900 years of history at Shiva temple

One can see the Swayambhu Shiva Linga from the inner sanctum. The sanctum has beautiful carvings on the top dome. The temple has a 40 feet tall Deepmala, and surrounded by temples of Ganesh, Hanuman and Bhairavnath.

pune Updated: Jul 24, 2017 13:48 IST
HT Correspondent
Swayambhu Shiva Linga at Someshwar Temple, Someshwarwadi , pashan in Pune.
Swayambhu Shiva Linga at Someshwar Temple, Someshwarwadi , pashan in Pune.(RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)

Someshwar Mahadev temple built in Hemadpanti style in black stone , nearly 900 years old, is situated on the banks of Ram Nadi river. Near the river is a Chakra Teerth, a square which has a natural spring which flows throughout the year. Towards the south, near the banks, is a well-known temple of Padmavati, goddess of fulfilment.

This temple is spread over 3.5 acres of land and has three entrances; the main is from Someshwar wadi, other opens towards Ram Nadi, and one is on the west side of the temple. One can see the Swayambhu Shiva Linga from the inner sanctum. The sanctum has beautiful carvings on the top dome. This temple has a 40 feet tall Deepmala, and surrounded by temples of Ganesh, Hanuman and Bhairavnath. To the north of the temple is a Havan Kund.

Someshwar Mahadev Temple, Someshwarwadi , Pashan in Pune. (RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)

To enter the inner sanctum and to offer abhishek, one has to be dressed in traditional clothes. Men have to wear salwar kurta or dhoti while women have to wear sarees. This temple also has a museum which states the history of the temple. It has old letters in Modi script as well as old photographs. On every Monday during Shravan, Sabudana Khichidi is offered as maha prasad to every visitor through out the day.

There is a folklore that states that a cow was sprinkling milk over a snake hole (varul) which was noticed by a cowherd, who dreamt about Lord Shankar, and later dug up the snake hole, to find a Shiva Linga.

Besides the folklore, this temple also finds mention in history, in 950 AD, in the Yadava period and in 1935, during Raja Aditya Varman’s reign.

This is a ‘jagrut’ place where it is said that Rajmata Jijamata used to come to pray between the years 1640 to 1650. Shivaji as a child also used to visit along with his mother to pray hence this village is also known as Peth Jijapur.A Samadhi of Hanumante, a minister in Shivaji’s court is also found here.

During Peshwas, Shivram Bhat Chitrav Swami contributed to the renovations with gold coins found by him, and then gave them to Nanasaheb Peshwa. Nanasaheb Peshwa was instrumental in getting the temple renovated. You will find a samadhi of Chitrav Swami also in the temple.

The final renovation happened in 1974 to 84 by devotes and residents. It is said that village disputes were settled here by the way of divya or miracles of God and it also has stories about religious shlokas like Maha Rudra Abhishek were performed here for rains.

Currently, its trustees are Vinayak Nimhan, Radhkishen Lahoti, Popatrao Jadhav, Dhanottam Lonkar and Vasant Lonkar. This temple was renovated in 2012 to protect the old stone with layer of marble brought especially from Rajasthan.

Someshwar Mahadev temple

What: A temple built in Hemadpanti style in black stone which is nearly 900 years old

Where: Someshwarwadi, Pashan

Open: 5 am to 11 pm