For 2018 Ganesh Chaturthi Ganeshotsav, Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Sarvajanik Trust of Pune has come up with the theme of replica of Thanjavur Brihadisvara Temple. In 2018, Ganeshotsav begins on September 13 with Ganesh Chaturthi Pratham Pooja and ends with Udwasan Poojan on Anant Chaturdashi, September 23.
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati, also known as Shrimant Dagdusheth Ganapati Temple or Sarvajanik Trust, is the most popular Ganesh temple in Pune. This temple was founded in 1893 by Shrimant Dagdusheth, a rich sweet trader of Pune.
It is located near the administrative headquarters of Peshwas of Maratha Empire, Shaniwar Wada fort.
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is the major celebration in the temple which attracts lakhs of devotees from all across India.
Every year Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Murti is offered pujas during Ganesh Chaturthi in new attire. New costume is made ever year for the idol and big procession is taken out in a beautiful chariot. Each year the trust constructs the replica of famous temples, sculptures, and holy places for Ganesh festival celebrations.
Thanjavur Brihadishvara Temple
Brihadishvara Temple, also called Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Koyil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the largest South Indian temples and an exemplary example of a fully realized Dravidian architecture. It is called as Dhakshina Meru(Meru of south). Built by Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD, the temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples”, along with the Chola dynasty era Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple and Airavatesvara temple that are about 70 kilometres (43 mi) and 40 kilometres (25 mi) to its northeast respectively.
The original monuments of this 11th century temple were built around a moat. It included gopura, the main temple, its massive tower, inscriptions, frescoes and sculptures predominantly related to Shaivism, but also of Vaishnvaism and Shaktism traditions of Hinduism. The temple was damaged in its history and some artwork is now missing. Additional mandapam and monuments were added in centuries that followed. The temple now stands amidst fortified walls that were added after the 16th century.