Tulsi Baug

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Temple spire

Tulshi Baug ("basil garden") is an area in Pune City in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is located in the heart of the city. Its main features are an historic temple precinct and a large market.

Location[edit]

The Tulshi Baug area is located right in the middle of the city, roughly 3 km away from Swargate Station.[1] The area is accessed via three roads: Bajirao Road, Laxmi Road, and the road connecting Shanipar to Chhatrapati Shivaji Road.

History[edit]

The original temple was built during the Peshwa era, after the battle of Panipat in 1761, under Naro Appaji Khire (Tulshibaugwale) (1700-1775), the Subhedar of Pune.[2] Work commenced in 1763 and was completed in 1795 at a cost of Rs 136,667 and it covers an area of about an acre.

In 1884 Nandram Naik completed work on the spire (shikhar) and the Sabhamandap.

The temple precinct[edit]

Tulshi Baug Ram Temple[edit]

Tulshi Baug gets its name from the Tulshibaug wada located in this area, which is a famous temple of Lord Ram, Ganpati and Shankar.

The Tulshi Baug Ram Temple dates from the original construction under Tulshibaugwale. The statues of Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxmana, made by Umajibaba Pandharpurkar, were placed in the sanctum of the temple in November 1765. In 1767, the statue of Lord Hanuman, crafted by Bakhatram Patharvat Gujrathi, was placed in the sanctum. Later in 1781 statues of Ganpati and Parvati were brought to the temple. Ornaments in gold, silver, pearls and diamonds were made for these statues.[3]

The precinct[edit]

To the north of the Ram temple, a large wada was built that would serve as a residence for the heirs to Naro Apapji.

Apart from the Ram Temple, there are many other temples in the precinct. These include the temples of Ganesh, Vitthal and Rukmini, Dattatray and Maruts. Lord Ganesh here is called Moreshwar and Lord Shiva is known as Tribakeshwar or Kashivishveshwar. Right in front of the Ram Temple is a small temple of Hanuman. The idol is made of black stone showing Hanuman joining his palms in order to bow down before Ram.

Conservation[edit]

Very few spaces and buildings of the Peshwa era survive in Pune today; however, the Ram Mandir precinct is largely intact. Architectural features of interest include woodwork, stonework, and lime stucco-work, in addition to a heritage of urban design over two centuries. It is relatively free of noise pollution. Today, a trade in sculpture, paintings and craftwork is carried on.

In September 2009 work began on a three-year restoration project sponsored by the Shree Ramji Santhan Tulshibaug Trust.[2]

The market[edit]

The market

The busy Tulshi Baug market is located in front of the famous Vishrambaug Wada. The market sells goods including traditional Maharashtrian cooking items, cosmetics, jewelry and household goods, as well as Puja items.[1]

Other than shopping the market offers various refreshments and hotels.

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