Balaji Temple of Ketkawla, is a copy of the real Tirumala Venkateswara Temple located 60 km from Pune, Maharashtra. It is on Pune-Bangalore highway.
About The Temple
Most of the people in India are highly spiritual and they try to go to any extend to get a sight of their favorite deity. Lord Balaji or as popularly called as Lord Venkateswara is known as the God of wealth, health and prosperity and people from all over world and different parts of India visit Tirupati the abode of Lord. But many people who live within India are not that fortunate to visit Tirupati. But people who are living in Pune are fortunate to visit the Balaji Mandir located in Ketkawale near Narayanpur, which is the replica of the Tirupati Balaji temple. Balaji Mandir in Ketkawale is only 45 kilometers away from Pune and is constructed on 10 acres of land surrounded by the Sahyadri hills. The entrance to the temple is artistically done with beautifully craved wood works. The architecture and its construction are similar to that OF Tirupati Balaji temple. One who has already visited would get feel that they are visiting the Balaji mandir in Tirupati. The idol, interior wood works, the sanctorum all resembles the original temple. All the pujas here are done by priests in South Indian style. Even the Prasad ladoos are similar to the Balaji temple in Tirupati. The Mandir, built by VH Group at a cost of 27 crores, took eight years to complete.
5.00-5.30 am - Suprabhatam
6.30-8.15 am - Morning Pooja
10.00-11.15 am - Afternoon Pooja
6.00-7.15 pm - Evening Pooja
8.00 pm onwards - Shuddhi, Ekantseva
Daily Naivedyam - 07.30 am to 08.15 am
-10.30 am to 11.15 am
- 6.30 pm to 07.15 pm
Saliampu – Netradarshan (Thursday Only) - 09.00 am to 09.30 am
Poolangi Seva (Thursday Only) - 05.00 pm to 05.30 pm
After Abhishekam (Friday Only) - 08.15 am to 10.15 am
Best Time to Visit
Monsoon and winter seasons are ideal to visit the place as summers could get really hot and it is generally crowded during the summer vacation time.
So as to make the visit comfortable for every devotee the temple authorities has arranged food and accommodation facilities. The temple is well maintained and like the actual temple here also the security is strict with cameras, mobile and other gadgets being prohibited inside the temple.
How To Reach
The nearest airport is the Pune airport. Balaji Mandir Ketkawale is only 45 kms away from Pune. There are many private vehicle services available which can take devotees to temple.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 5.00 Am to 8.00 PM.