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About Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati

Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple in Pune is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple has an interesting history. Dagadusheth Gadve was a sweet maker who came from Karnataka and settled in Pune. Thereafter, he became famous for his delicious sweets and got the surname of Halwai. The sweet lovers would be excited to know that the original shop of this famous Halwai still exists as Kaka Halwai close to Datta Mandir within the city. Sometime in the late 1800s, the sweet maker lost his son when a plague epidemic hit the city. The incident sent Dagdusheth and his wife into severe depression. To help them get emotional stability, their Guru, Shri Madhavnath Maharaj recommended constructing a Ganesh temple, which they did, and the construction of the temple was completed in 1893. Lokmanya Tilak, who was a friend of Dagdusheth got an idea of celebrating a public Ganesh Festival at the temple to bring the community together. With that, the beautiful temple has been popularized over a century. The Ganesh idol in the temple is 7.5 feet tall, and its design is very simple. The idol is decorated with almost eight kilograms of gold. During the Ganesh festival, the temple gets a marvelous look with bright lights and festoons.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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