When you enter Maharashtra, you will come across lots and lots of devotees of Bappa or Lord Ganesha. Every Maharashtrian believes in Ganapati, and this can be experienced in Pune as well. The word Bappa is often spoken here, and Dagdusheth Ganapati is the most famous temple of Pune.
It is said that Punecha Raja Dagdusheth Ganapati, which means he is the king of Pune. After hearing so much about the temple, missing it would be regretful later. Hence, we all dressed up in traditional Pune style, wearing kurtas and Pune topi. We all were looking sincere today, though we are not so.
We easily reached the temple, which was beautifully decorated. The walls and architecture of the temple were speaking about its history. The full name of this temple is Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati temple. If you are wondering how this name came to place, I have the answer ready for you, thanks to the locals here who gave us enough information.
Dagadusheth was a Halwai (sweet maker) who was a successful and famous trader in Pune. Unfortunately, his son dies due to plague and since then he and his wife went into depression. After seeing them in such a bad condition, their Guru Maharaj asked them to construct the Ganesh temple, and since then the temple is popular in the entire city.
I love such stories, and I am always ready to hear them. The Ganapati idol at the temple was so pretty and decorated with great care. The eyes of the idol looked real. Well, it seemed like God was here and was listening to all the prayers of his devotees. Truly delightful!
We thanked the locals who suggested us to come here; it was a great experience for all of us. The idol of the Ganesh is 7.5 in height and it is 4 feet in width. People offer gold here and there are many events such as bhajans and concerts held.