Birla Ganpati Temple
Birla Ganapati Temple - Aerial Video 'Ganpati Bappa Morya'
Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra, India. Our first aerial video shoot for Birla Ganpati Temple located on NH4, near Somatane Toll (Dehu Road), Pune. This magnanimous Mangal Murti Morya statue was established by the Birla Family and measures 54 feet in height, 45 feet in width, sitting on a pedestal of 18 feet. All the dimensions of this statue were planned, so as to add up to the number 9, considered auspicious. This beautiful statue is located on a hilltop and one has to climb 179 steps to reach the foot of the idol. The Ganapati
idol is huge and one cannot miss it when you are on the NH4 as you reach the Somatane Toll Plaza.There is a parking place just before the entrance gate. You have to climb around 179 steps to reach the top. Though the number 179 looks a lot, the climb isn’t anything to worry about, as you don’t even feel it OR this number is not just the steps to the base of the idol, have to check on this.This a birla family establishment and the idol was sculpted/created by Maturam Verma and Nareshkumar
Verma of Pilani. The idol is 54 feet high, placed on a 18 foot pedestal which is 45 feet wide. As you may noticed (and was written there), all these dimensions were planned in such a way that they add up to the number 9, considered auspicious. The status faces east. We were there in the evening and hence couldn’t get good photos of the front side. But the metallic surface finish of the idol would look great in the early morning light. So, plan a trip in the morning if you are looking for good photos. This place is also well let up (visible from the expressway too) at night.From here, it is a few kms drive across the expressway (through an underpass) to Shirgaon
Sai Baba temple. This temple was built as a replica of the Shirdi Sai Baba temple
. The architecture is meant to resemble the original temple at Shirdi. All the daily aartis done at Shirdi are also performed here. Kakad Arti – 5.15 Am, Maha Abhishek – 7 AM, Noon Arti – 12 noon, Dhup Arti – 6.15 pm and the Shej Arti at 10 pm. The temple remains closed from 10.30 pm to 5 AM. www.placesnearpune.com Music credits: Ajay Gogavale & Atul Gogavale for Agneepath (2012) Aerial video by GRAVODRONE