Situated 94 km away from the City of Pune, in Maharashtra state, India, this silent and small town of Alandi is totally alien to the rush of Pune despite its close proximity to it. It receives thousands of devotees due to its spiritual significance. Devotees arriving at Alandi experience inner peace after expressing their devotion to Saint Dnyaneshwar.
Alandi is also known by the name of Devachi Alandi (god’s place). The magnificent temples constructed in the 13th century stand to this date, a testimony of architectural marvel and the deep religious values attached to it by the locals. The place is associated with Saint Dnyaneshwar, a famous poet during the 13th century, and is known to have translated Srimad Bhagavad Gita in Marathi.
This unpolluted and clean place is soaked in a spiritual ambiance which relaxes and rejuvenates mind and body. Basically a rural place, Alandi has flourishing farming communities. A visit to Alandi provides a deep insight into the rural culture, cultural values, customs, and cultivation methods of the people residing there.
Indrayani River, which flows through the town, is considered sacred by devotees and locals alike. The Samadhi (final resting place) of Saint Dnyaneshwar can be found on the banks of this river.
During Asadi Kartik, the holy Hindu month, pilgrims and devotees from all over Maharashtra state pay a visit to Alandi to mark the commencement of a spiritual journey to the Sant Dnyaneshwar’s Temple. People from all walks of life and of all ages take part in this Walk (yatra), adorned in new and colorful clothes. They carry well-decorated palanquin of their saint.
Sant Dnyaneshwar’s temple has Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlinga and is dedicated to Lord Chaangdev Maharaja. It is located at the confluence of the Purna and Tapi rivers near Alandi. This place is of archaeological significance and is preserved and managed by the government.
Ram Mandir: The temple, situated on the outskirts of Alandi, on the bank of Indrayani River, is dedicated to Lord Ram. Ram Navami celebrations are its main attractions.
Muktabai Temple: This temple, located at Muktai Nagar, is dedicated to Muktabai, the youngest sister of Saint Dnyaneshwar. As per legend, she is considered an incarnation of Shakti. She was considered a holy teacher to Yogi Changdew Maharaj during the 12th century. There are another two temples that are dedicated to her and are located nearby. Garden in the Muktabai Temple premises provides greenery and a serene environment to the visiting devotees.
Sambhaji Maharaj Samadhi: The memorial of the second ruler of the Maratha Empire and Shivaji’s son, Sambhaji is located at just 6 km distance from Alandi. This memorial is an attestation of the glory and honor of the Maratha Kingdom.
Sambhaji Maharaj Samadhi
The best time to visit Alandi is during Asad Kartik month (mid-October to mid-November) so as to be part of festivities associated with Kartika Vadya Ekadashi. This festival provides a glimpse into the vibrant and colorful culture of Devachi Alandi. The pleasant climate during this time period makes festivities more enjoyable.
Alandi is well-connected by road to all major cities in Maharashtra.
The nearest station is Pune which is 24 km away. Nearly all major cities of India are connected to the Pune railway station.
Pune airport is the nearest airport. Visitors can hire a cab or a taxi from the airport to reach Alandi.