- Name of the Fort:
- Base Village:
- Bhuleshwar - Off Urali Kanchan, beforeYevat
- Distance from Pune:
- 50 Km
- The striking Buruj towers at both ends draw you attention. There are two connected towers probably now a home to a few people is at the centre. Not sure if these were built recently...
There is good stairway built from half of the fort to the temple but since the road is pretty steep with barely one vehicle could pass safely I could locate a place to park my car. We finally reached the top from the left side. I could locate 2 Buruj on the way. The fort is supposed to be built around the temple in 16th century by Murar Jagdev after he had looted Pune.
Bhuleswar Temple is very old and said to be built in 12th century by Choula Rulers. The temple is centrally located on a huge platform. The closer look of the roof towers highlights the magnificient artistic detailed designs.
The Hemadpanthi temple is amazing built using Black besalt rock. Somehow this temple gave me memories of Halebidu-Bellur temples. The beautiful carving starts right from the door of the temple. A right climb traverse in the dark lead you to a huge opening to the main temple. A beautifully carved Nandi draws you attention. Every inch on the main temple wall and every pillar has extremely fascinating and wonderful intricate carvings with some having mythological references.
The temple bears many signs of invasion and destruction as you can see typical destruction of all the artistic work- where hands and heads are chopped off. It said that Aurangzeb had invaded this fort before invasion of Jejuri.