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. The main Ganesh idols is insured for 1 crore rupees by this Sarvajanik Ganpati trust.
Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganapati Trust also organizes several social events and charitable programs. In 2003, they have opened an old age home called ‘Pitashree’ in Pune. They also manage a house and school for 40 destitute children.
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.
It is to note that Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 date is August 25.