For 2014, Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Sarvajanik Trust of Pune has come up with the theme of replica of Verul Kailasa Temple. In 2014, Ganeshotsav begins on August 29 with Ganesh Chaturthi Pratham Pooja and ends with Udwasan Poojan on Anant Chaturdashi, September 8.
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.
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.
About Verul Temple
The Kailasa temple (also written Kailāsa, Kailash and Kailasanatha temple) is a famous rock cut monument, one of the 34 monasteries and temples known collectively as the Ellora Caves, extending over more than 2 km, that were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff in the complex located at Ellora, Maharashtra, India. Of these, the Kailasa (cave 16) is a remarkable example of Dravidian architecture on account of its striking proportion, elaborate workmanship, architectural content, and sculptural ornamentation of rock-cut architecture.
The temple was commissioned and completed between dated 757-783 CE, when Krishna I ruled the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It is designed to recall Mount Kailash, the home of Lord Shiva. It is a megalith carved out of one single rock. It was built in the 8th century by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I.