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The Prati Balaji Temple in Ketkawale Pune is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the holy trinity in the Hindu pantheon. It is a spectacular replica of the world renowned Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh, India. People unable to visit the Tirupati Balaji temple, can partake of Lord Venkateswara’s blessings by visiting this temple in Pune. There are also many small shrines of various other Gods and Goddesses inside the premises, where people can pray.
All the aspects of the temple are carefully built, taking into consideration the original structure in Tirupati. The striking likenesses to the Tirumala temple is remarkable and even the idol, wood work and Sanctum Sanctorum are carefully designed keeping in mind the original temple. This beautiful temple is surrounded by lush greenery especially during monsoon season and maintained very well. Visitors to Maharashtra can take the opportunity to visit this temple which is located just 40-45 kms from Pune.
The temple was constructed by the V H Group at a cost of Rupees 27 Crores under the guidance of the Venkateshwara charitable trust. Since it was built in contemporary times, this shrine does not have much history to relate to. Tastefully crafted and designed, it is a tribute to the original Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala.
The Prati Balaji Temple in Narayanpur Pune is built on an expanse of 10 acres of land and surrounded by the Sahyadri hills. A huge entrance, beautifully crafted with stones welcomes devotees and visitors into the shrine. Exquisite images of the Lord are painted on the top surface of the main temple with extraordinary likeness to the original temple in the Tirumala Hills. Everything is well organized and the temple is reputed for its maintenance and cleanliness. There is also a Hundi where people can drop money for the upkeep of the temple and also appease Lord Venkateswara. Pilgrims need to go barefoot inside the temple premises and photography and videography are strictly banned. Vehicle parking is free and there is provision to store your luggage or bags inside the temple premises. The dining hall is well maintained and located at the back at a distance of around 200 meters. People can enjoy a hearty south Indian meal meal and avail of second helpings if needed.
The temple is a masterpiece of construction with stone and wood carvings abounding in great measure. Though it is a replica, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the original structure in Tirumala. Though it is not carved with rich gold, it manages to capture the imagination of devotees and visitors with its impressive architecture.
The Prati Balaji temple is famous for the Tamil New year celebrations, with pomp and gaiety marking the occasion. Pilgrims offer prayers and seek the blessings of Lord Venkateswara on this auspicious day with huge crowds thronging the shrine from the morning itself.
Ram Navami and Diwali are also celebrated with great fervor, with devotees coming from far and wide to take part in the festivities.
Chitra Pournami, Vijaya Dashami, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Kanu Pongal and Gudi Padva are also major occasions of celebration in this temple, with people of all ages partaking in the festivities.
Lord Venkateswara is known to confer his devotees with health, wealth and prosperity. He is the Supreme God of wealth and those who appease him are blessed with abundance and plenty. People throng his shrines to prosper and do well financially and spiritually. Many pray for development of business, career and success in their profession. He is the ultimate God for people who wish to amass wealth and showers his bounty on all those who come to him.
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By Flight: Pune is approximately 40 kms from the Prati Balaji temple and is the nearest Airport. Pune is well connected by regular flights to most major cities. Buses and private taxis are available from the airport to the temple.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Pune and it is well linked by rail to all major cities of the country with trains plying frequently at regular intervals.
By Bus: There are regular buses plying from major cities of the country to Pune city. Taxis and buses are available from the bus stand to the temple.
Local Transport: The Temple is easily accessible by taxis, local buses and auto rickshaws. The ride to the temple is a scenic delight and it is recommended that one enjoy the trip by whatever means of transport they choose to opt for.