At a distance of 3kilometers, Khunya Murlidhar temple is located in
Sadashiv Path from city center. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and
the Radhakrishna idol of the temple is created in marble by Bakhatram, a famous
At the time of British rule in 1897, the third Chapekar
brother, Vasudeva, killed Ganesh Shankar Dravid, who was the man who helped in
getting Damodar and Balkrishna Chapekar just in front of the temple.
Vasudeo Balwant Phadke, who was a freedom fighter always used to come to the temple and gave speech to the people around. He also provided training to youngsters about how to fight with British Rulers.
The name 'Khunya
Murlidhar' means murderer/killer Murlidhar. There is a story behind the name.
One day during the ‘Praanpratishtha’ ceremony (the installation of the idol) of
the temple, the temple guards objects the British soldiers from marching
through the road. This led to the bloody battle between the British soldiers
and the temple guards, which result in the lost of the lives of many people and
hence got the name Khunyaa".