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This article is about the Junnar city in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. For the tehsil in Pune district, see Junnar tehsil.
Junnar is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 19°12′N 73°53′E / 19.2°N 73.88°E / 19.2; 73.88Coordinates: 19°12′N 73°53′E / 19.2°N 73.88°E / 19.2; 73.88
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Pune
Elevation 689 m (2,260 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 24,456
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website [1]

Junnar is a city with thousands of years of history in the Pune district of the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1] The nearby fort of Shivneri is the birthplace of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire.


State Transport buses run between Pune and Junnar from Shivajinagar ST stand from 0630 every hour. Also bus facility available from Mumbai (kalyan) for every 10–30 minutes from 05:20 AM till 12:30 AM. Same is the case from Ahamadnagar and Nashik. Transportation from Ahamadnagar and Mumbai takes a route of NH 222 while from Pune and Nashik will take a route of NH 50.


Shivneri fort, Junnar

Junnar has an average elevation of 689 metres (2260 feet).[2] State Transport buses run between Pune and Junnar from Shivajinagar ST stand. The Kukadi River flows to the north.


As of 2001 India census,[3] Junnar had a population of 24,740. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Junnar has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 72%. In Junnar, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Religions in Junnar
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).

Junnar Tourism[edit]

Junnar area is dotted with historic places including Shivneri , the birthplace of Shivaji maharaj, the cave temple of Lenyadri and the walled town of Junnar itself.

Cave temples[edit]

Lenyadri caves in the mountainside

Surroundings of Junnar are very rich with ancient cave temples. In total there are more than 220 individual rock-cut caves located in four hills around Junnar.[4] Junnar has the largest and longest cave excavations in India.[5] The most famous among the caves is the Lenyadri complex. It represents a series of about 30 rock-cut mostly Buddhist caves.. Cave 7 is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha. It is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines, a set of the eight prominent Ganesha shrines in Maharashtra. Twenty-six of the caves are individually numbered. The caves face to the south and are numbered serially from east to west.[6][7][8] Caves 6 and 14 are chaitya-grihas (chapels), while the rest are viharas (dwellings for monks). The latter are in the form of dwellings and cells. There are also several rock-cut water cisterns; two of them have inscriptions. The layout of the caves, in general, are similar in pattern and shape. They generally have one or two sides with two long benches for occupants' use.[6][7][8] The caves date from between the 1st and 3rd century AD; the Ganesha shrine situated in Cave 7 is dated to the 1st century AD,[6][9] though the date of conversion to a Hindu shrine is unknown. All of the caves arise from Hinayana Buddhism.[6]

Naneghat caves near Junnar


Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. One such venture, "Parashar Agri & Village Tourism centre", is situated in village Rajuri of Junnar Taluka.


Many times leopards attack people and animals in Junnar. According to field studies carried out in Junnar, the man-leopard crisis has been wrought about not only by development but by the recent translocations of the leopards that has disrupted the formerly harmonious man-beast coexistence. Very often leopards have attacked villagers in Junnar. There is a leopard rescue centre located at Manikdoh for this cause.


  1. ^ "Forest law trampled in Junnar, Abhi-Ash’s Ravan in trouble". Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Junnar
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Lenyadri Group of Caves, Junnar". Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?kefa1=0-8
  6. ^ a b c d "Lenyadri Group of Caves, Junnar". Archaeological Survey of India official site. Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India. 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Junnar". Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency 18. Govt. Central Press. 2006 [1885]. Retrieved 2010-02-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b Edwardes, S. M. (2009). By-Ways of Bombay. The Ganesh Caves (Echo Library). pp. 34–36. ISBN 1-4068-5154-X. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  9. ^ Feldhaus p. 143

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