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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ancient Narsimha Temple in Pune

These are photographs of an ancient temple in Sadashiv Peth, in the heart of Pune city. It celebrates the deity Narsimha, an avatar of Vishnu.
In the photograph below there is a the narrow road outside the temple. No one would guess that an old temple lies inside. The structure itself is derelict from the outside.
road outside temple in Pune

A closer look at the gate or entrance of the temple The date it was established is clearly given here: 1774. It's called the Laxmi Narsimha Mandir. The pillars and arches are made of stone and wood. Laxmi is Vishnu's wife and her idol is also present in this mandir.
main entrance of the temple in pune

The the heavy wooden door that gives you entry into the temple. The thick brass ring in the centre of the door is the door knocker. In the olden days such knockers were common as there was no electricty for bells.
eighteen century temple door

This is a closer look at what is called "Umbartha" in Marathi and is called the "Threshold" or "Saddle" in English. It is a door part and makes up the door frame. It is the slightly raised platform underneath the door. This one is made of engraved brass. 
ancient brass door threshold

This is a view from the left side of the temple from a gate that is usually shut. The steeple of the temple has been freshly painted. It also looks refurbished in some way. 
view of ancient temple in pune

This is the view that one gets as one steps into the temple from the main door. The stone tiles of the flooring are shiny from use.
inside of an ancient temple in India

This is the area where the main diety of the temple resides. Narsimha and his consort Laxmi.
main altar for the devotees in the Hindu temple

This is a close-up of the marble turtle seen in the above photograph. The turtle is sacred and is a cultural symbol for many Eastern cultures.
closeup of sacred marble turtle

This is the image of the main diety inside the temple. Narsimha. A closer look near his left hand will reveal the head of Laxmi, near the flower garland. A heap of coconuts can be seen in a corner of the sanctum. These are given by devotees as offerings.
narsimha diety with laxmi goddess idol

Related Photographs: Shiva Pindi or Lingam or Hanuman Temple
Or Temple Silhouettes or a Hindu Priest performing a Pooja


  1. Hello,

    Thank you so much for photographing this beautiful temple.
    I would like to use your photos in the Narasimha book that I am publishing. If that would be okay with you I will give you full credits and have your name and contact details. Also one thing I was wondering. Is it possible to get photos of the idol of Narasimha with out all the dress. Like when the do abhiseka. Look forward to hearing from you.



  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. For printing in books there are charges for the images. The charges depend on the photograph you have chosen but a minimum of ₹500/- per photograph applies.
    Please let me know if you are okay with this.


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