Established by the princely king of Maharashtra on a small hill in a fort, Khandoba Temples are sacred to Hindu god, Khandoba. Set against the backdrop of lush green hills, Khandoba Temples are a must visit on a pilgrimage tour to Maharashtra. There are two temples in Jejuri that are sacred to Lord Khandoba - one is Kadepathaara, and Gad-kot temple.
Kadepathaara, the older one amongst the two, looks ancient from its structure. The temple is situated at an elevation of 133 meters and is spread over an area of 11 acres. To reach the temple, devotees will have to climb steep stairs and go through several arches. The old village site, now deserted, was to the east of the hill on which the new temple stands.
Gad-kot temple, the newly constructed temple, is comparatively easy to reach as compared to its counterpart, Kadepathaara Temple. This temple has about 450 steps, 18 Kamani (arches) and 350 Dipmalas (lamp-pillars). Although the temple appears small in size, but it has two divisions - Mandap and Gabhara. Inside the main sanctum of the temple, there is a huge statue of Lord Khandoba with a big 'Khanda' (literal meaning swords). In garbhagriha, there are two swayambhu lingams. If the sky is clear then from the temple, tourists can see the beautiful view of city and Dive Ghat.
Best Time to Visit
Jatra, an annual fair that takes place in the month of November is a good time to visit the temple. On an average, approximately 40, 000 people visit the temple to attend the festival. Another important festival that is celebrated with pomp and show is Somvati Amavasya; during which a palanquin procession is organized from the Gad-kot temple to the Karha river.
06:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Jejuri, Maharashtra 412303,India
How to reach
Jejuri is located quite close to Pune, which makes it approachable by every possible means of transport. Nearest airport or railway station will be in Pune. Visitors can even take a bus from Pune and Sholapur.
On a visit to the Khandoba Temples, tourists can go for a sightseeing tour to Pune, which is hardly 50 kilometers away. For entertainment, tourists can visit lots of attractions like Aga Khan Palace, Dagduseth Ganpati, Sarasbaug, Empress Garden, National Defence Academy, Sinhagad, Shanwarwada, and Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. If looking for something little offbeat, do visit the historical township of Saswad and the fort Purandar. In Saswad, Changa Vateshwar and Sangameshwar,and Samadhi temple of Spandeo are some famous attraction.