Sep 10, 2021culture
The temple is named after a famous trader and sweet maker, Dagdusheth Halwai, who built the temple in Pune after losing his son to the plague.
From a 9.5 kg gold crown, seven changeable crowns for every day of the week to ornament for the trunk (Shunda Bhushan), Angarkha and much more, Dagdusheth Ganpati is the most jewel-studded idol.
Various aspects of India's rich and diverse cultural heritage form the base of the decor theme of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati decorations every year. So far, the temple has seen replicas of places like Madhura-Meenakshi temple, Surya Temple of Orissa, Shree Mahalaxmi temple of Kolhapur, the Mysore Palace, the Angola Palace of Rajasthan.
There are five maha artis organised on a daily basis at set timings. The idol of Ganesha, heavily bedecked with jewellery, is an awe-inspiring sight.
The main attraction of the Ganpati festival at the Dagdusheth, apart from the bejewelled idol, was the recitation of Atharvashirsha by women and children at dawn. However, the recitations had to be cancelled due to pandemic in 2020.