Dehu is around 25 km away from Pune. Dehu cannot be called a tourist place as the village has been hallowed by the serene presence of great saint from Maharashtra Saint Tukaram. The place has always been like a powerhouse for the followers of Saint Tukaram and the sanctity and serenity of the place make it one of the important centres of pilgrimage in Maharashtra. Calling Dehu a tourist place will be undermining its importance as a religious centre in the state. Maharashtra is the land of saints. Saint Tukaram was not just a saint from Maharashtra but a visionary social reformer as well. He was born in Dehu and stayed here for most of his life preaching the way of righteousness to the people. Saint Dnyaneshwar in the 12th century had founded a new sect in the Hindu religion called Bhagwat Sampraday. The foundation of this sect was based on the noble principles like equality, fraternity, righteousness and meditation of Lord Vitthal. It was Saint Tukaram who through his own behavior, his poetry and his sermons carried forward the message saint Dnyaneshwar wanted to spread among the people of Maharashtra.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Peace of mind
Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te
Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.
Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha
Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.
Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi
Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.
Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam
Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).