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The Parvati temple is one of the most famous landmarks in Pune located on a hill 2100 ft above mean sea level and is on of the highest point in the city. Hence it is visible from almost every part of the city. The temples built by the Peshwas on the top of this hill include those of Devadeveshwar (Shiva and Parvati) , Karttikeya, Vishnu , Vitthal and Rukmini. The temples dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Devadeshwar, can be accessed through a hundred and eight steps leading to it. There are also temples dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Vishnu. The Devadeveshwar temple was built by Nanasaheb Peshawa in 1749 who fought against the British and to whom him there is a memorial on this hill. When Sir Charles Mallet, the British envoy in the court of the last of the Peshwas came to present his credentials to the Maratha power, it is believed, he camped at the the base of Parvati Hill for more than a week. Another noteworthy feature is the presence of a small museum, housing the objects used during the Peshwa rule, including replicas of old manuscripts as well as paintings. The wooden pillars and ceiling present in the museum are quite old and are artistic. The museum has the Samadhi Sthan of Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa.
This hill, the most favorite spot of the nature lovers and fitness freaks, has an extension towards the western side which was once a forest covered area and a small sanctuary known as the Parvati Vanavihara. The gentle slope of the hill, the easy ascent with good 103 steps and the fresh air at the top of the hill, have made this place a very popular exercise point. A number of people climb the hill early in the morning or in the evening and enjoy the atmosphere while watching the sunrise or sunset. There is a small cave at the back of the hill but no record is available about its period or patronage. The Parvati temple, one the oldest heritage structure in Pune is open from 5 am to 8pm. Parvati water tank supplies water to the half of the city (Pune).