Lenyadri Caves Ashtavinayak Temple

Lenyadri Caves Ashtavinayak Temple

The Lenyadri cave complex is a series of Buddhist rock-cut caves (like Karla, Bhaja), but also happens to have the only Ashtavinayak temple on a mountain! So, an easy climb to a beautiful cave complex with a great view and an ashtavinayak, what more do you need for a day trip?

Lenyadri Caves Ashtavinayak Temple

Lenyadri Caves Ashtavinayak Temple

Lenyadri is located a few kilometres away for Junnar and can be combined with many other popular destinations like Malshej Ghat, Shivneri Fort and Ozar Ashtavinayak temple. The climb will take around 20-25 mins and there are proper steps throughout the way. Even with Advika on the sling, it wasn’t much of a bother to climb. The kids also enjoyed the climb.

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Lenyadri Caves Ashtavinayak Temple

Route to Lenyadri Caves from Pune (Magarpatta City):

All the main caves are right at the point where you reach the plateau. They can be reached by climbing few rick-cut steps. It was fun climbing up and down to each of the caves. The steps provide lot of interesting photo opportunities too 🙂

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Lenyadri Caves Ashtavinayak temple

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Cave 6 is a chaitya griha and has a huge stupa, found in almost all buddhist caves. This one has a path to go around. Cave 7 has the ashtavinayak temple. This is a huge hall with a low roof. A visit to Lenyadri is an enjoyable and a relaxed one-day trip from Pune. The restaurant at the bottom of the hill gives an unlimited thali (great rotis!) for just 100 bucks a plate.

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5 Responses

  1. Nina Bansal says:

    I just sent you an email Shri Sethuraman. I am 63 years old, and cant climb much, due to some breathing issues. Can you please email me some sites that do not require much climbing.

    Warm Regards,
    Nina Bansal

  2. Yes Vikas, many times. It is awesome

  3. Vikas says:

    Hi, did you visited malshej ghat.

  4. yes, the route is good, not an issue. It is mostly on the highways.

  5. A says:

    I am on a trip to AshtaVinayaka temples and the next temple in my sequence is at Lenyadri. Please tell me how was the route to the place from Pune? Are the roads still ok after all these rains?

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