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Khunya Murlidhar Mandir

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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 Jaipur sculptor.

History

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".

Festivals Observed

The Janmastami celebration in Maharashtra is incomplete without the ‘Dahi Handi’ ceremony performed by young boys and kids. Few teams practice for months to perform on this day and waits for the cash prizes as a reward. One could witness the crowd getting mad in the love of Shri Krishna showing their dance performances on “Govinda Ala Re” song.

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  Sadashiv Peth, Krantiveer Vasudev Phadke Path, Perugate, Pune, Maharashtra 411030, India