Here is the list of popular Ganesh mandals in Pune for Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 Ganeshotsav festival in the city. In 2016, Ganeshotsav begins on September 5 with Ganesh Chaturthi and will end on September 15 with Ananta Chaturdashi day.
Among the thousands of Ganpati Pandals in Pune, Shri Kasba Ganpati Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganapati Mandal, Guruji Talim Ganpati, Tulshi Baug Ganpati Mandal, Kesariwada Ganeshotsav Trust, along with Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust are on top places as the first five holds the honors of Pune’s prestigious Ganpati pandals & and Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati is the richest Ganpati Trust in the city.
Let’s go into details…
Shri Kasba Ganpati Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, First Honored Ganpati in Pune
Established in 1893, this Ganesh pandal holds the first honor among all Ganesha mandals in Pune. It is located in Kasba Peth. It is gracing the first place in immersion procession since 1894 (the following year of its inception). Kasba Ganpati is known as Gram Daivat (Patron deity) of Pune. A devotee called Vinayak Thakar found this idol near his house and built magnificent temple around this idol. Read more about this Ganpati here….
Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganapati Mandal, Second Honored Ganpati in Pune
Established in 1893 in Appa Balwant Chauk at Budhwar Peth, Tambdi Jogeshwari Ganpati holds the honor of second Ganapathi in Pune. This is among one of the Ganpatis which Bala Gangadhar Tilak has started for unity & social activeness during freedom fight. Tambdi Jogeshwari Temple is popular as Presiding deity (Gramdevata) of Pune.
Guruji Talim Ganpati, Third Honored Ganpati in Pune
Established in 1887 in Ganpati Chowk, Laxmi Road, Guruji Talim Ganpati is revered as the oldest Ganesh mandals in Pune as it is erected even before Lokmanya Tilak started Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav. Revered with the privilege of third Ganpati of honor in Pune, Guruji Talim Ganpati is the first Ganpati mandal who celebrated its centenary Ganeshotsav.
Tulshi Baug Ganpati Mandal, Fourth Honored Ganpati in Pune
Established in 1901 at Tulshi Baug Ram Mandir, Tulshi Baug Ganpati Mandal is fourth honored Ganpati in Pune. It is known for its big Ganesha idols. It is also holds a record of making fiber glass Ganesh idol for the first time.
Kesariwada Ganeshotsav Trust, Fifth Honored Ganpati in Pune
Established in 1893 at Narayanpeth Tilakwada, Kesariwada Ganeshotsav Trust holds the privilege of fifth honored Ganpati in Pune. Lokmanya Balagangadhar Tilak established this Ganesh idol in 1893. This pandal is known for its social & cultural extravaganza. Various cultural activities and competitions for children & enthusiasts are held by this Ganeshotsav trust every year.
Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust, the Richest Ganpati in Pune
Established in 1893, Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust is the most popular & favorite ganpati in Pune among devotees. It also holds the crown of the richest Ganpati in Pune. A spectacular temple was built around this Ganesha idol. Read more about this Ganpati here…
Akhil Mandai Ganesh Mandal, Shukrawar Peth
Located in Shukrawar Peth, Mandai Ganpati Mandir (Akhil Mandai Ganpati Mandal) is the most important Ganesh mandal in Pune as it is visited by thousands of devotees across Pune and other cities of Maharashtra. This pandal is known for its high-end decoration and jubilant extravaganza.
Hutatma Babu Genu Ganesh Mandal Trust
Hutatma Babu Genu Ganesh Mandal Trust is located near the Mahatma Phule Vegetable Market in Pune. It is one of the crowd-pulling Ganpati in Pune. Everyday thousands of devotees throng the ganpati during Ganesh Chaturthi Ganeshotsav.
Hatti Ganpati Mandal Trust Ganeshotsav
Hatti Ganpati Mandal of Pune, located at Sadashiv Peth, is very famous for its variety of decorations & themes.
Jilbya Maruti Ganesh Mandal, Navasacha Ganpati
Also known as Navasacha Ganpati, Jilbya Maruti Ganesh Mandal is very famous for its lively Ganesh idol. It is established in 1954.