Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple

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Timings : 06:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune Overview

A divine place of worship devoted to Lord Ganapati, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple is extremely famous for its religious festivities and is located in Pune, Maharashtra. The temple receives a considerable crowd of devotees every day who come to attend the daily pooja, abhisheka and the Arti of Lord Ganesh. The idol of Lord Ganapati is 2.2 meters high and 1 meter wide and is adorned with almost 40 kilos of gold. The temple receives offerings of gold and money from Lord Ganapati’s devotees every day which goes into the temple’s trust. The temple is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

The inception of the temple took place over 125 years ago by Shri Dagdusheth Halwai (sweet maker) and his wife, Lakshmibai. Even today the temple celebrates Lord Ganesh with utmost devotion and grandeur and is visited by celebrities and politicians of Maharashtra. The temple is splendidly decorated with colourful lights during the Ganesh festival and attracts both locals and tourists who come to witness the marvellous celebrations. The Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple trust does not just worship the deity of Lord Ganpati but also serves humanity through various means. The trust is one of the richest in Maharashtra and is utilized to serve humanity by building old ages homes, housing orphan children, establishing cooperative banks, organizing medical camps and ambulance services, facilitating E-learning in school and much more. Atharvashirsha recital which takes place on the fourth day of Ganeshotsav witnesses a gathering of thousands of women for the chanting.

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History of the Temple

Shri Dagdusheth Halwai was a famous sweet maker in Maharashtra who was originally from Karnataka and had migrated to Maharashtra in the mid-1800s. He was a successful Halwai and a rich businessman. Tragedy struck when he and his wife lost their son to the plague epidemic. The couple was devastated from their loss, and that was when they were advised by their Guru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj to build a temple devoted to Lord Ganesh. The temple was completed in the late 1800s over 125 years ago from today. People like Shri Tatyasaheb Godse, Shri Mamasaheb Rasne, Shri Shankarrao Suryavanshi and Shri Kashinath Rasne who were the founding trustees of the temple had a great role in making the temple a grand place for celebrations of festivals in Maharashtra.

Festivals celebrated in the Temple

  1. Ganeshotsav: During the festival, the temple is decorated with lights stunning to the eyes and goes on for ten days. The dates of the festival keep changing each year based on the Hindu calendar. In 2019, the festival is scheduled to happen for ten days from 2nd September.
  2. Gudi Padwa: This festival marks the celebration of the founding day of the temple. It is celebrated on 6th April.
  3. Amba Mahotsav: This celebration takes place during the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya every year. The dates fall somewhere in the time of summer in the month of May. The significance of the festival lies in the fact that around tens of thousands of mangoes are given to the temple as offerings to Lord Ganesh.
  4. Mogra Festival (Vasantik Utee): ‘Vasantik Utee’ is a product of Sandalwood and fragrances from Mysore. It is used to apply to the deity of Lord Ganesh during the period of Vasant Panchami. The idol of Lord Ganesh is showered with around 10 million Mogra flowers, and the whole temple is decorated with the same.
  5. Music festival: This festival was started in the year 1984 and continues to take place even today. Artists who are recognized internationally come to perform at this festival. It is free of charge.

Timings of the Temple

The temple is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm. It is open 24/7 during Ganeshotsav. The morning-prayer (Suprabhatam Aarti) starts at 7:30 and ends at 7:45. The daily-Abhishek starts at 8 am and ends at 3 pm.

How To Reach Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple

The temple is located in the central part of the Pune city on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Rd, Budhwar Peth. There is public transport available in the area, and the railway station is just 5 kms away from the temple whereas the airport is 12.4 kms away. Taking Private cars, cabs, auto rickshaws and even walking to the temple is possible depending on the distance. Keep in mind that since the temple is located in the heart of the city, the roads are subjected to traffic jams.

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Manish Kumar

on Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple 2 years ago
Great Place for blessings , a must go with your family for blessings. Avoid taking private vehicle etc at you may get stuck in traffic and parking can become an issue.

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