Girijatmaj Temple

This is the sixth temple in the circuit, built at Lenyadri. “Girija” is another name for the Goddess Parvati and “Atmaj” means son, referring to Lord Ganesha, her son according to legend.

This temple is not actually a temple per se. It is actually a cave complex consisting of 18 caves of Buddhist origin. The main temple is in the 8th cave. It has been carved out of a single mammoth-sized stone with no pillars to support it.

The idol in this temple is neither well-carved nor well-designed. Also, it does not have any provisions for electric bulbs. It is lit up only by the bright rays of the sun in the day time.

The temple is 94 km from Pune and 5 km from Shivneri fort, the fort associated with Shivaji, the famous Maratha ruler. 

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