Alandi Devachi Town
Alandi is a pilgrimage town located in the Pune district of Maharashtra State. It is famous for the resting place or ‘samadhi’ of Saint Dnyaneshwar. Sant Dnyaneshwar was a famous poet-saint in the 13th century known for his contribution to Marathi literature especially the traslation of the Bhagavad Gita to Marathi. The town is located on the banks of the holy river Indrayani.
There are two major festivals celebrated in Alandi. The Palkhi festival is a 22-day long festival, where a procession starts from Alandi during the month of Jyestha (June). The Palkhi consists of symbolic sandals of Sant Dyaneshwar. On the eleventh day of the first half of the month of Asadh, the palkhi reaches Pandharpur. The other yatra is celebrated during the Kartika Vaidya Ekadashi. It is a four-day long festival and falls close to the day Dnyaneshwar entered samadhi. Lakhs of devotees join the attend the Palkhi festival every day.
How to reach?
One can easily reach Alandi from Pune by the local bus, taxi, or train. Alandi is just 21 km from Pune.
Places to visit in Alandi:
Dnyaneshwar Muktabai Temple
Sant Dnyaneshwar Temple is an important pilgrimage destination where Sant Dyaneshwar had attained samadhi. It is a nice and clean place to visit for pilgrims. Visiting the temple during non-rush hours is advisable.
Jalaram Temple is another famous site located in the town. The temple is located in a beautiful environment with a nice ambiance.
Ram Mandir is located on the banks of river Indrayani in the town of Devachi Alandi.
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