(Last Updated on : 11/03/2014)
Alandi is 25 kilometres away from Pune. Popularly known as Devachi, Alandi (god's place) has the 'samadhi-sthal' (burial area) and a temple of Saint-poet Dnyaneshwar.
Alandi temple was built in 1570. Dnyaneshwar spent a few years of his life in this village Alandi, and inspired the whole city to worship Lord Panduranga. Dnyaneshwar wrote the Marathi translation of Bhagwat Gita called 'Dnyaneshwari', which is regarded as holy book. Pilgrims flock to Alandi to visit the temple and samadhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar. The 'Palakhi' festival in the month of 'Ashadh' is very popular and many devotees walk almost 150 kms. from Alandi to Pandharpur. Alandi is situated on the banks of river Indrayani and the ghat behind the samadhi temple is awesome.
There is also a famous wall in Alandi on which Dnyaneshwar is rumoured to have sat, to fly the wall to meet Changdev. The other famous places are Muktai Temple, Ram Temple, Krishna Temple, Math of Swami Hariharendra, Vitthal-Rakhumai temple and the now-famous wall.
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