|Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple in Pune junglekey.in|
This temple steeped in rich history is a beautiful one and at the entrance one can see the sentinels - Jay and Vijay made of marble. Being simple in design all the proceedings in the temple- puja, etc before the Ganesh idol can be seen even from outside. The amazing fact is this huge Gansh idol measuring 2.2 metres tall and one metre wide is adorned with roughly 40 kilos of gold. The devotees of Lord Ganesh, in order to fullfil their vow or to make wish before him, offer gold and money. Each donation is well accounted and taken care of properly. Daily puja protocols such as abishekam (anointing) and the arti of Lord Ganesh are done regularly. Tons of coconuts are offered almost daily to the temple by the devotees. Yet another surprising fact is the main Ganesh idol is insured for a sum of ₹10 million (US$150,000). During the Vinayakar festival time, this place is over crowded and is well lit. The colorful lighting attracts lots of children The entire place is drenched in religious fervor with Ganapati mantra renting the air. Shrimant Dagdusheth Ganpati Trust is taking care of the maintenance of the temple. Shri Datta Mandir in Budhwar Peth, Pune is in a busy area. The trust organises various cultural and religious events - bhajans and music concerts - mostly classical. The trust is one of the richest in Maharashtra and is engaged in various charitable activities. Way back in 2003 they built an old age home at a cost of US. 220,000.00. They also run health care centers for the poor people, particularly in the tribal belt.
Among the various Hindu festivals, Ganesh festival (Vinayaka Chathrthi) is celebrated on a grand scale.