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Saras Bagh

Saras Bagh of Pune is a beautiful and well-maintained garden area in Pune. Saras Bagh of Pune is a site of devotion as well as a popular hang-out for the residents of Pune. In the past, however, the lush green lawns served as a garbage dumping ground for the British.

In the 18th century, after building the Shree Devdeveshwar Temple on Parvati hill, Nanasaheb Peshwa resolved to construct a lake at the foot of the Parvati hills. An island of about 25000 square feet area was kept separately for this purpose at the middle of the lake. Afterwards, a beautiful garden was developed on this island. The Peshwa named it Saras Bagh, after a bird frequenting the area. The Saras Bagh resembles a sunken garden.

In 1784, Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa constructed a small temple on a hillock in Saras Bagh and created a shrine for Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan. It houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (the deity who grants success).

A site of pilgrimage for innumerable devotees, the Saras Bagh temple attends to 10,000 visitors a day and this figure may even reach the count of 80,000 devotees per day on Ganesha Chaturthi and other special occasions.

Saras Bagh of Pune is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance from Swargate. It is around 4 kilometers from Deccan and 3 kilometers from Pune station.. There are regular buses and auto rickshaws plying to Swargate.

Saras Bagh of Pune is the most famous among the several gardens of the city of Pune.

Last Updated on : 23 May 2013