Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple in Pune is one of the most popular and visited Ganesha temples in Maharashtra. The temple is thronged with huge crowd during the 10 days-long Vinayaka Chathurti celebrations.
Built more than 100 years ago, the temple features simple structure with a beautifully crafted Ganesha idol. The 7.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide idol can be viewed from all the positions of the temple. The idol is adorned with 8 kg of gold, and is insured for a sum of US$150,000. Marble statues of two guards, Jay and Vijay, are featured at the entrance of the shrine.
The Legend behind the Origin of the Temple
Dagadusheth Halwai (Dagadusheth Gadve) was a sweetmeat (‘Halwai’ in Marathi) seller in Pune. He was a rich and virtuous person. In late 1800s, he lost his son in a plague epidemic. Dagdusheth and his wife fell into deep depression after the tragic incident. In order to lift the couple from the pit of agony, their Guru, Shri Madhavnath Maharaja suggested them to construct a Ganesh temple. The work of the temple was completed in 1893.
Lokmanya Tilak, the renowned Indian Nationalist leader, was a friend of Dagdusheth. Impressed by his dedication to Ganesha, Tilak was struck with the idea of initiating celebration of Ganesha festival as a huge public activity. It successfully helped in bringing people together for the freedom struggle. Consequently, Dagdusheth Ganapati became the most respected and popular idol in Pune.
Dagduseth’s grandson Govindseth established the Halwai Ganapati Trust which carries out humanitarian services from the donations received. The trust operates an old age home, provides housing and education for 40 destitute children, and offers ambulance service for poor and runs health clinics in the tribal belts of Pune District.
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