Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple :
Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple is one of the oldest Ganpati temples in Pune,Maharashtra.Dagduseth Temple was Established in the year 1893. The temple is located close to Shaniwarwada in the heart of Pune city.
A halwai or sweetmaker called Dagdusheth is credited for constructing this temple. It is believed that he lost his son in a plague outbreak which plunged him and his wife in a state of depression. To bring him out of this state, his Guru advised him to make idols of Lord Ganesha and Shree Datta Maharaj and take care of them like he would father his son. It was then that the very first idol of Ganesha was made.
Dagdusheth's good friends, Lokmanya Balgandharva Tilak- associated with the independence movement in the late 1800s, came up with the idea of transforming Ganesh Chaturthi into a public festival. The main ideology behind this decision was to bring the people together and unite them against the British. In this way this festival came to be celebrated at a community level every year rather than being restricted to a household affair.
The simple construction of the Ganpati temple allows the devotees to catch a glimpse of the Ganesh idol even from outside the temple.The Dagduset Ganpati temple is visited by hundreds of devotees on a daily basis, this simple yet beautiful architectural design of the temple helps people watch the daily proceedings like the aarti and thepooja from well outside the entrance of the temple.
The beautifull idol of Ganesha is adorned with gold and precious jewellery which have been offered to the Elephant God by the devotees as a token of their love and affection. The idol of Ganpati has a solid gold ear and is decorated with nearly 8 kilos of gold
Pooja is performed twice everyday and people visit the temple in large numbers to pray. Heaps of coconuts are offered to the Hindu God on a daily basis. Especially during the Ganesh Chaturthi the demand of coconut reaches nearly five lakhs per day .
Sarasbaug Ganapati temple Pune :
The "Sarasbaug Ganapati" temple is run under the auspices of Shree Devdeveshwar Sansthan, Parvati and Kothrud. The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true). A sacred ground of faith for millions of devotees in Pune and around the world, on an average the Sarasbaug temple receives ten thousand visitors a day and this figure goes upto eighty thousand devotees per day on Ganesha Chaturthi and other special occasions.
Omkareshwar Temple Pune :
Omkareshwar temple is one of the biggest temples in Pune. This hallowed shrine of Lord Shiva stands as a symbol of endurance as it had survived the havoc created by the 1962 Panshet floods. Known for its extravagant style of construction and huge domes, the temple becomes one of the main attractions in Pune.
The structure of the temple takes us back to the Peshwa regime as it was constructed during the reign of Sadashiv Bhau, the Peshwa. A 250 year old construction on the banks of the river Mutha still proclaims the glory of the fallen Peshwa Empire. It can be seen as a perfect piece of art and architecture prevailing in the 17th century.
Beautiful carvings on the upper parts of the white dome are a sheer beauty. The stone roof of the temple too is embellished with carvings from Hindu mythology. Spacious verandas with columns enhance the grandeur of the shrine.
As you enter in you are greeted by a different world. The beautiful Shiva Linga catches the eye of all. The priests over here decorate the Shiva Linga artistically. Omkareshwar has been showering His grace on the devotees for centuries together. Moreover the big Nandi built in stone right in front of the Shiva temple is a good piece of work.
In addition to the Shiva temple, you have six other temples in the premises. These include Lord Shani, Lord Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Durga.
The entrances of the temple are open from 5.30am to 11 pm. The shrine however is closed in the afternoon between 2.00pm to 4.00 pm.
Once you reach the famous Bal Gandharv Rang Mandir on the JM Road, Omkareshwar is just a 5 minute walk.
Parvati Temple Pune :
Parvati is the one of the most scenic locations in Pune. It is situated at a height of 2100 feet above sea level. The temples on Parvati hill are the oldest heritagestructures in Pune and reminiscent of the Peshwa dynasty. It offers an aerial view of the city and for the punekars, it is a respite from the noise and pollution of city life.
Parvati is the daily visiting place for a number of citizens and for many people, going to Parvati (103 steps) forms a part of their daily exercise regimen. Being the highest point in Pune and having conveniently located observation points, the beautiful panaromic view of Pune city leaves visitors spellbound.
Parvati gates open at 5.00 am and close at 8.00 pm. It is said that at this spot the Peshwa ruler Balaji Baji Rao watched the British defeat at the Battle of Kirkee.
There is one Devdeveshwar temple on the hill and other temples of Lord Kartikeya, Vishnu and Vitthal. Every temple has a place in the history of the Maratha empire.
The 400 year old Kasba Ganapati temple is situated in the heart of the city and is known as the deity of the city, who controls and protects the people of the city. The legend goes that when Pune was going through a bad patch, a person named Bhatt saw the God in his dreams and the God told him His whereabouts. The place where the temple stands was the place he found the idol. After the installation in 1626, Pune's economic and political conditions changed and therefore this Ganapati is called the protector of the city. The temple built by Shivaji mother build a temple for it which still stands tall and erect.
Datta Mandir Pune:
This famous temple of Pune is known as Dagdu Halwai Datta Mandir. Devotees residing in Pune and around often visit this temple and offer their prayers. Everyday, Poojas are performed twice. On Thursdays, several special poojas are performed which attract a great number of people.
The eighth largest metropolises in India, Pune is located in the state of Maharashtra .Pune is an interesting city, sprawling and colourful. Resting upon a rich and illustrious heritage of over 600years old, the bustling city of Pune / Punyanagari or Poona as it is called is situated upon the banks of the Mula and Mutha rivers.,,
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