Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
Located in Pune, Maharashtra, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is one of the popular temples in Maharashtra. The temple was built sometime in late 1893.
Dagadusheth Halwai (Dagadusheth Gadve) was Lingayat trader and Sweet maker (Halwai in Marathi) from Karnataka. He was a successful sweetmeat seller and a rich businessman. He lost his only son to the plague epidemic in the late 1800s. A very depressed Dagduseth and his wife, Lakshmibai were asked to build a temple by their Guru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj. Their guru recommended building a Ganesha temple to heal them spiritually. The temple was compl...View more
ted in 1893. The temple popularity grew in bounds and leaps. Lokmanya Tilak, the Indian Nationalist leader and a close friend to Dagdusheth, came with the idea of public Ganesh festival to be organised and used as a platform to bring people together in freedom movement. It was this very temple that became the precursor to the popularity of Ganpati Festival in the state of Maharashtra.
Jay and Vijay, the two sentinels made of marbles adorn the main entrance. The construction is intentionally kept so simple that devotees may catch a glimpse of Lord Ganesha from outside too. The Ganesha idol is 7.5 ft tall and 4 ft wide. The deity is adorned with almost 8 Kg of gold.Picture courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
Timings : Temple Timings (Daily) : 6.00 A.M To 11.00 P.M.
Ganeshotsav, Sankashti Chaturthi, and Akshaya Tirtaya are the best time for the darshan.
No specific dress-code.
The temple is in a crowded market are so plan your commute accordingly.
The culture here is popularly knows as Puneri. Pune has a rich heritage of culture and knowledge. Nothing represents Maharashtrian culture as well as Pune does. Pune exudes of a culture very rich in spirituality, music, and visual arts. Marathi Rangbhoomi (theatre) is very popular here. Pune is also very popular for street-food. At the same time, Pune has kept it in pace with modern traditions. It is called the 'Oxford of East' and you can also visit Osho International Meditation Resort to witness a completely different culture.
Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Budhver Peth, Pune, Maharashtra - 411002
Auto Rickshaws, Buses, and Cabs are easily available from any part of the city.
Daily Abhishek: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ganeshyagya: Every Tuesday
Monthly Vinayaki Chaturthi
Annual Angarki Chaturthi
Modaks, Flowers, and Coconuts are regular offerings. Donations could be made to the trust for Charitable activities or Special religious Rituals. Gold is also a very popular offering by those who can afford it.
On Sankashti Chaturthi, Maha abhishek of Ganpati idol is done. On Akshaya Tritiya an offering of mangoes is placed before Shri Ganapati, next day thousands of mangoes are then distributed to devotees who visit the temple. Gudi Padwa is celebrated as foundation day of the temple.
January - Ganesh Janma
February - Vasant Panchami
March - Gudi Padwa, Foundation day of the temple
April - Akshaya Tritiya, Amba Mahotsav
September - Ganeshotsav
November - Kakada Aarti Samapti, Tripurari Pournima, Sankashti Chaturthi