Published on : Thursday, December 21, 2017
The MTDC or Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation is all geared up to turn Junnar into the tourism tehsil of Pune district. The administration of the Pune district will put forward the proposal, keeping in mind Junnar’s rich heritage, several temples, caves, dams, forts, forests and wildlife, as per the officials, to generate revenue and more job possibilities for the locals.
To quote Rajendra Muthe, resident district collector, “we will put up the proposal to make Junnar a tourist tehsil in the district to the state government. The MTDC has taken the decision to work on making the tehsil a tourist destination and has sent us the proposal. The district administration will help MTDC in the developmental work. This will generate revenue and job opportunities for the residents and even upgrade the infrastructure facilities at the tehsil.”
Junnar is situated 70 kms from Pune, is close to Mumbai and Nashik, and is well connected to other places as well. For the overall makeover of Manikdoh Dam, Dimbhe Dam, Vigneshwar Temple in Ozar, Lenyadri caves, Shivneri fort, Naneghat, Jivdhan fort and Hadsar fort, with the help of the PWD, MTDC is all set to employ local in the project.
Solely dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Vigneshwar Temple in Ozar is part of the Ashtavinayak circuit and is a Hindu temple. Also, it’s one of the eight revered shrines of Ganesha in Maharashtra. The word “Lenyadri” means “mountain cave” and the Lenyadris has over 40 rock-cut caves. A group of 30 caves are probably the best known and most visited in a compact group, all facing the south. To quote Deepak Harne, Manager of MTDC, Pune Region, “there are more than 220 individual rock-cut caves located in four hills around Junnar. The most famous among them is the Lenyadri complex. It represents a series of about 30 rock-cut, mostly Buddhist caves. One cave is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Several inscriptions related to donations by Yavanas (Indo-Greeks) have been found at the Junnar caves.”