Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple

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Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati 2013
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati 2013
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is located in Maharashtra
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
Location in Maharashtra
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is located in India
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple (India)
Coordinates18°30′59″N 73°51′22″E / 18.51639°N 73.85611°E / 18.51639; 73.85611Coordinates: 18°30′59″N 73°51′22″E / 18.51639°N 73.85611°E / 18.51639; 73.85611

Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple (Marathi: श्रीमंत दगडूशेठ हलवाई गणपती) in Pune is dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesh. The temple is popular in Maharashtra and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.[1][2] Devotees of the temple include celebrities and Chief Ministers of Maharashtra who visit during the annual ten-day Ganeshotsav festival.[3] The main Ganesh idol is insured for sum of 10 million (US$140,000).[4] People are celebrating 125 years of celebration for this Ganapati in the year 2017.[5]


Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai. (Dagadusheth Kayastha) is trader and Sweet maker.(Halwai in Marathi) He came from Madhya pradesh and settled in Pune. After he gained fame as a Halwai, that became his surname. His original Halwai shop still exists under the name "dagdusheth Halwai sweets" near Datta Mandir in Pune. Mr. Dagdusheth Halwai was a successful sweetmeat seller and a rich businessman. In late 1800s, he lost his son in a plague epidemic. This caused Dagdusheth and his wife lakshmi bai to go into deep depression. To themselves, their Guru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj recommended make a shri Ganesh murti and build shri dattaguru temple. This was completed in 1893.

Lokmanya Tilak, bhausaheb rangari, krushnajipant khasgiwale the Indian Nationalist leader and a contemporary of Dagdusheth, was a close friend of him. He saw his dedication and also the construction of the temple and it was here that the idea of celebrating public Ganesh festival struck him. It proved to be an epoch making event in Indian history.


The temple is a beautiful construction and boasts a rich history of over 100 years. Jay and Vijay, the two sentinels made of marble catch the eye of all at the outset. The construction is so simple that all the proceedings in the temple along with the beautiful Ganesh idol can be seen even from outside. The Ganesh idol is 2.2 metres tall and 1 metrewide. It is adorned with nearly 40 kilos of gold. The devotees of Lord Ganesh offer Him gold and money and with every offering the Lord gets richer and richer. Moreover, heaps of coconuts offered to the deity are yet another feature of the temple. Daily pooja, abhisheka and the arti of Lord Ganesh are worth attending. The lighting of the temple during the Ganesh festival is marvelous. Shrimant Dagdusheth Ganpati Trust looks into the maintenance of the temple. The temple is situated in the centre of city, local shopping market is also the nearby temple.Various cultural activities like music concerts, bhajans, and Atharvasheersh recitation are organized by the trust.[6]

Shri Datta Mandir placed in Budhwar Peth, Pune was their residential Building. Dagduseth's grandson govindseth was also famous for his kindness and generosity.In Pune, govind halwai chowk is famous by his name.

He later established the Halwai Ganapati Trust.[1][3] Bal Gangadhar Tilak, during the British Raj, gave a public form to the Ganesh festival celebrations as a way of getting around an order that barred public meetings.[1]

Temple Trust[edit]

The Shrimant dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Trust carries out philanthropic work from the donations received, and is one of the richest in Maharashtra.[7] The trust operates an old age home called Pitashree at Kondhwa in Pune. The home was built at a cost of 15 million (US$210,000) and opened in May 2003.[8] In the same building the trust provides housing and education for 40 destitute children.[7] Other services provided by the trust include ambulance service for poor and health clinics in tribal belts of Pune District.[9]

Various festivals are been celebrated by Dagadusheth halwai Ganapati Trust, Pune

  1. Ganesh festival
  2. Gudhi Padwa till Ram Navami

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Zore, Prasanna D (1997). "Pune's Dagedu Sheth Halwai dresses up for Ganeshotsva". Rediff. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  2. ^ Zelliot, Eleanor; Maxine Berntsen (1988). The Experience of Hinduism: Essays on Religion in Maharashtra. SUNY Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-88706-664-1.
  3. ^ a b Rabade, Parag (9 July 2007). "Pune leads the community". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Ganesh clears obstacles for women reciting Atharvasheersha". Hindustan Times. 4 September 2008. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
  5. ^ Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple
  6. ^ http://www.punesite.com/shrimant-dagdusheth-halwai-ganpati-mandir-in-pune.html
  7. ^ a b Damle, Manjiri (6 July 2006). "Topper has 'mandal' effect to thank for". Times of India. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  8. ^ "CM to inaugurate charitable old-age home on Sunday". Times of India. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Social activities". Dagadusheth Ganapati Trust. Retrieved 4 December 2008.

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