Located in the city, Parvati Mandir is situated on a small hillock which rises around 2100 feet above the sea level. It is one of the best vantage points from where you can enjoy Pune's ever-growing skyline.
One of the heritage sites of Pune, Parvati has various temples of Lord Devdeveshwar, Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini.
Parvati hill temples were built in 17th century during the era of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
According to the ancient documents, the temple was built by the third Peshwa, Shrimant Nana Saheb to fulfill the vow taken by his mother Kashibai.
This was the time when Kashibai was suffering from certain disorders. She somehow came to know about a small miraculous shrine in South Pune which had incredible healing powers.
With a prayer of recovery, she headed towards this temple on the top of the hill. She vowed to build a bigger temple if she gets cured. Her prayers were heard and soon she recovered from the disease. Later, Nana Saheb completed his mother's vow and built this temple.
One of the most important incidents that made the Parvati hill popular is the story attached to Shahu Maharaj’s death.
Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s grandson Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj pondered Nana Saheb as his own son. After Shahu Maharaj's death, Nana Saheb faced a tough time.
In his memory, Nana Saheb brought Shahu Maharaj's footwear and an idol of Shiva from Satara and installed it on the hillock.
Parvati Hill also has a Peshwa museum that houses old manuscripts and paintings. The museum also has beautiful wooden pillars and ceiling.
It has the collection of portraits of the Peshwa rulers along with the commemoration of the Peshwa rule. The museum is also the deathbed or samadhi sthan of Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa.
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