Indori Fort (Induri) and Talegaon Jain temple

Indori (or Induri) is a nice little land fort located on the banks of the Indrayani river. It’s close to Talegaon and can be easily accessed by turning right into Talegaon town, off the old Pune-Mumbai highway. About 35km from Pune, it was one of those half-day outings you could go for when you have wasted half of your Sunday.

Indori Fort was built around 1720 by Sarsenapati Sardar Khanderao Dabhade. The ramparts and bastions of this fort are covered by overgrown creeepers, but are are in surprisingly good condition. The nagarkhana on top of the main entrance is also very well preserved. Inside, there is a now defunct dairy and a temple of the the goddess Kadjai Devi. Little is known about the fort in particular, but I found these 2 references

The “Induri Fort” was built by Sarsenapati Khanderao Yesajirao Dabhade in 1720-21. The fort also had a mint (Coin) in it. The temple of Goddess Kadjai is also in the fort. {The Goddess was got in the Sarsenapati Dabhade Family by Ambikabaisaheb (d/o Shitole Family of Patas) after her marriage to Sarsenapati Yashwantrao Dabhade Ist}- Sardar Satyasheelraje Dabhade.
{13th direct descendant of Sarsenapati Khanderao Dabhade}.

From the Poona District Gazetteers:
Indori in Maval, an alienated village on the left, bank of the Indrayani ten miles east of Khadkala, with in 1881 a population of 990, has a bastioned fort picturesquely placed on a steep bank washed by the Indrayani. The village is held in inam by the Dabhade family of Talegaon.

On the way back, we saw a few beautiful set of shikharas jutting out of a temple. We realised this was the Jain temple near Talegaon and decided to pay a visit. The Shree Parshwa Pradnyalaya is a beautiful place and we spent a few peaceful minutes inside the sanctum of the temple. It was surprising to see the usual clackety Gujaratis maintain pin drop silence. The temple is flanked by high shikharas on both sides, whereas the main hall has a circular pyramid roof. The inside of the roof is ornately decorated and the idol of Shree Parshwanath in white marble is brilliant. We had a  quick supper of kadhi-khichdi in the temple’s mess and returned back home! The last few images from the gallery above are from this wonderful temple.