Punyeshwar Mahadev Mandir [1] was a Shiva temple along the bank of the river Mutha in Pune. Along with Puneshwar there existed another temple named Narayaneshwar. In the late thirteenth century Puneshwar temple was pulled down[2] and converted into a dargah now called Dhakta (Younger) Sheikh Salla Dargah,[3] which stands in its place to this day. The Narayaneshwar was also converted into the Senior Sheikh Salla dargah around the same time. In 2006, a wall along the river collapsed leading to finding of old artefacts of the Puneshwar temple under the dargah.

The temple remains one of the earliest named temples, after Pataleshwar in the city of Pune, although it does not exist in its original form now.

The city of Pune is named after Puneshwar temple.

References Edit

  1. ^ Diddee and Gupta (2000). Pune Queen of the Deccan. Pune: Elephant Design Pvt. Ltd. p. 304. ISBN 81-87693-00-2.
  2. ^ Parasnis DB (1921). Poona in bygone days. Pune: The Times Press, Bombay. p. 77.
  3. ^ Avinash Sowani (1998). Haravalele Pune (in Marathi) (First ed.). Pune: Purva Prakashan. p. 20.