Shreemant Dagduseth Halwai
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Pune's pride Shreemant Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati temple is one of oldest and popular temple in India. This temple was established in the year of 1893. This temple is close to Shaniwarwada or we can say in heart of Pune.
This temple was created by a Halwai or can say "Sweet maker " named Dagduseth . It is believed that he lost his son and because of this his family goes in depression. One day his Guru advised him to make Lord Ganesha and Shee Datta Maharaj's idol and take care of them as his son to overcome their depression. As his Guru suggested for idol he make lord Ganesha's idol first.
Lokmanya Tilak was one of good friend of Dagaduseth who came up with idea of Ganesh Chaturthi to bring people together to know each other and know about recent activity against British Government.
This temple was well constructed with beautiful design at the outside and most beautiful Ganesha idol in Inside the temple. The Ganesh's idol was adomed with gold and beautiful and precious jewellery . This all are donate by the devotees as token for their beloved lord Ganesha.
Lord Ganesha's ear is decorate with nearly 8 kilos of pure Gold. Arti(Pooja) is performed twice a day and thrice a day when any special occasion is there and people visited this temple in thousands of count. During Ganesh Chaturthi this number extend ten thousands of people. Heaps of coconuts are offered to the lord Ganesha and during Ganesh Chaturthi this numbers of heaps of coconut can reach upto Lakhs.
History of Temple
Lokmanya Tilak when introduce concept of Ganesh Festival in India and because of Dagduseth he suggest him to associate his personal cause with this concept and build a temple. Ganesh Festival is for 10 days in all over the Maharashtra which consist of meeting or called as KIRTANS , MELA, different Cultural Programs and many more events under such festival and because of this temple was establish in the year of 1893.
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