Dagdushet Ganpati Mandir
Best time to visit Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati Mandir :-
Any Time you can visit Dagdushet Ganpati Mandir but the temple is full of devotees during Ganesh Chaturtis this is when you get to see the mandir decoration and lord Ganesh is decorated with full of ornaments and flowers.
Transport Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati Mandir :-
1) Way from Pune :-
There are buses from Swargate which go to Shivaji Nagar. reach Appa Balwant Chowk from here Dagdushet Ganpati Mandir is on walking distance. There are P.M.T buses which go to Shivaji Nagar at interval of 5 mins.From Pune station one can come to Pune Municipal Corporation and from here it is around 1 kms. Anyone can guide you to the temple.
2) Way from Mumbai :-
From Mumbai there are ST (State Transport) buses, Local transport or Train available to Pune station (148kms) from here you can follow the above route to reach Dagdushet Ganpati Mandir.
This temple is the heart place in Pune. Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati Temple is dedicated to lord Ganesha who was the son of goddess Parvati and god Shiva. Lord Ganesh has a body of human and the head of elephant there are mythological stories related why he has the face of elephant.Dagdushet Ganpati got its name from the person whose name is Dagdushet Halwai or Dagdushet Gadve who was a lingayat trader. Lingayat is the one who wears lingam in Kannada. Dagdushet Gadve was a Kannada stayed in Pune he was famous for his profession of sweet making. A sweet maker is called Halwai in Hindi hence he was started calling as Dagdushet Halwai. Dagdushet Halwai’s shop is still present near the Datta Mandir and owned by his posterity.
He used to stay in the Datta Mandir building in the Budhwar Peth. During this era there was a breakdown of plague due to which son of Dagdushet Gadve(Halwai) died. Due to which Dagdushet Gadve (Galwai) and his wife were mentally affected of this shock. Dagdushet Gadve (Halwai) and his wife consulted there Guruji Shri Madhavnath Maharaj he advised them to make and treat the two idols of lord Ganpati and lord Dattamaharaj as their sons Dagdushet Gadve (Halwai) made the two idols and started taking care of the idols in which Ganpati was his first son .
Dagdushet Gadve (Halwai) established the Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati Trust. During British Rule public meetings were barred due to which LokmanyaTilak gave a form of public to get united and celebrate the Ganesh festival.
Today this Ganesh idol is ensured with 10 million Rupees (US $170,000).Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati trust runs an old age home known as ‘Pitashree’ located in Kondhwa. The trust takes care of about 40 to 45 poor children’s who provides shelter and education to them. They also provide facilities such as ambulance and health camps in the tribal regions of Pune district. The trust of Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati is and pride and prestige of Pune they carry public festival every year and issue a help to the poor’s and needy. This festival is celebrated with an intention of public gathering and without any barriers of caste and religion.
There are also many spots nearby Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati Mandir such as Shaniwarwada, Tusibag Ganpati, Mandai Ganpati,Kasba Ganpati, Tambdi Jogeshwari. There is a Pune Darshan bus from Shaniwarwada which takes you to Mahatma Phule Museum, Shaniwarwada, Raja Kelkar Library, Peshwe Garden, Bund Garden, Mahadjji Shinde Chattri, Agakhan palace and some other important places in Pune.
Every year the decoration of Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati is worth visiting they are mostly made with flowers and lightnings. Recently the decoration of Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati was a replica of Hawai Mahal which is situated Madhya Pradesh. Every year film actors and Ministers visit the temple and pray for them and their families.