About Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple
Dagadusheth Ganapati Temple in Budhwar Peth Area in Pune is one of the most richest and famous Ganesha Temple in Maharashtra. People come from distinct locations to visit the temple that has been founded by Dagadusheth Gadve in late 18th century, who was a popular and wealthy sweet maker from Karnataka settled by then in Pune. The prosperity of Dagadusheth Ganapati can be observed during the 11 days long Ganeshotsav Festival, where an enormous “mandap” a set is the shape of the temple is built in the Budhwar Peth Chowk for the devotees to come pay the visit to Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings.
History of Dagadusheth Ganapati Temple
The temple has got significance behind the introduction of Ganesh Festival as an annual public celebration and holds more than 100 years of inheritance. Dagadusheth Gadve a business man by profession and a pioneer as sweet maker became quite like a brand gaining great prosperity and success thus his got named Halwai replacing his original surname “Gadve”, but somewhere in late 18th century the plague epidemic occurred and he lost his son. So to bring both the husband and wife out of this grievous moment, Guru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj whose expertise they would follow devotedly advised them to build a Ganesha Temple. That is how the foundation of Dagadusheth Ganapati was led and Tilak being one of his friends after watching his dedication towards the building of the temple and also a devotee of Lord Ganesha proclaimed Ganeshotsav Festival after the completion of the temple in 1893. Since then the festival in the whole of Maharashtra is been celebrated with a lot of devotion, pride, and passion.
The original two storey sweet shop stands in the very Budhwar Peth chowk and next to which is a Datta Mandir been built by the grandson of Dagadusheth “Govindseth”. The Dagadusheth Temple presently is run and managed under the Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Trust, who would carry daily pooja, arti and would offer prasad to the deity. The idol of Ganesha is draped with different ornaments and has around 8 kilos of gold upon it. Even people on occasions of Ganeshotsav offer the lord Ganesha with the huge amount of money and gold. In fact, the Ganesha idol itself has been insured for a sum of 10 million rupees.