Ravan Dahan or the burning of the effigy of Ravan is symbolic of the victory of good over evil and is an inseparable part of the Dasara celebrations. You can witness the carnival at a few locations in the city. Visit the Deccan river bank along with family to witness some larger-than-life firework sessions and Folk performances.
On: October 13, 6 pm onwards
At: Deccan Gymkhana, Mutha Riverbank, near Narayan Peth.
Tambdi Jogeshwari temple
The Tambdi Jogeshwari temple is considered to be the oldest temple in Pune. It was built by Trimbak Bendre in 1545. The original temple was quite small and surrounded by farms. During the nine nights of Navratri, women go to take darshan of the goddesses and on Dasara people go visit with their families, in the evening. Swapnil Mote, committee member of the Tambdi Jogeshwari temple, said “The Palakhi of the goddess will be taken out at 10 am on Dasara and will go around Laxmi Road and Budhwarpeth. Men come for darshan in the evening on Dasara; on other days, it’s mostly women who come. In the evening darshan can be taken till 11 pm.”
At: Tambdi Jogeshwari, Budhwarpeth.
The Chaturshrungi Mata Mandir is visited by lakhs of devotees every year. On Dasara, a Navchandi Mahayog is organised which starts from 9 am and concludes by 12.30 pm. Moreover, a huge procession is planned from the temple (5 pm onwards). Thousands of devotees are expected to take part in the procession. Traditional Folk performers who play Vaghya-Murali are accompanied by Dhol and Lejhim groups in the procession. Flowers are showered on the devotees from a chopper. Nandakumar Angal, Managing Trustee of Chaturshrungi temple said, “Last year, we had done the air flower showering and it had garnered a great response. Hence, we are repeating it this year as well. Though the main ceremonies for Dasara will be starting from the afternoon we are expecting devotees from early morning.”
On: October 13, 12.30 pm onwards
At: Chaturshrungi Temple, Senapati Bapat Road.