Attractions Of Pune...

Sardar Krishnaji Kashinath alias Nansaheb Khajgiwale gave the Ganesh festival the form of public celebrations. He had witnessed the public celebrations of this festival in Gwalior in 1892 which inspired him to start something similar in Pune. Thus in 1893, Shri Khajgiwale, Shri Ghotawadekar and Shri Bhau Rangari were the first three mandals to start public celebrations of Ganesh festival. Ganesh festival celebrated prior to this was limited to the individual families. The credit of giving Ganesh festival the form of a public movement so that all the educated, none educated, young and old should participate in the national movement goes to Lokmanya Tilak. Tilak encouraged the   Melas and also gave a new dimension to the Ganapati immersion procession. Tilak achieved the objectives of giving proper direction to the enthusiasm of the youth, to praise the artists and to educate the people. Slowly the Ganesh festival assumed the nature of public celebration outside Pune also. In the pre independence period the festival proved to be a very good medium to cultivate awareness among the masses and unite them. This helped in intensifying the freedom struggle. But in the post independence era the festival has become more entertainment oriented. The main motive of bringing about social awareness seems to have been lost. Still there is a ray of hope because there are some mandals who still remember that they do have a social obligation.

Kasba Ganpati
Established in 1893 at Kasba peth, Pune is the first Ganpati of honor in Pune. Since 1894, mandal is being in the first place in the procession. The Kasba Ganpati Utsav is celebrated without use of 'Gulal'. Shivaji Maharaja's mother Jijabai had put up the statue of Ganesh. On her behalf Dadoji Kondadev had put on a tent in front of the statue of Ganesh.

Tambdi Jogeshwari
Established in 1893 in Budhwar peth Tambdi Jogeshwari is the Second Ganpati of Honor in Pune. Tambdi Jogeshwari was one of the early established Ganesh Mandals. The Mandal has already completed its 100 years. The idol resembles an elephants. Various functions are organized during the festival by the Mandal. Many people take part in these events keeping social interest in mind. Many people attend the Aarti to seek blessings.

Guruji Talim
Established in 1887 at Ganpati Chowk, Laxmi Road, Guruji Talim is the third Ganpati of Honor in Pune. The Mandal was established in 1887. This was the first mandal in Pune to celebrate its 100 years. The expenditure of the festival is very rearly collected from the public, it is mostly collected by the members of the mandal. Thus mandal existed even before the Ganesh festival had started.

Tulsi Bagh
Established in 1887 at Tulsi Bagh Ram Mandir, Off Laxmi Road. Tulsi Bagh Ganpati is the fourth Ganpati of honor in Pune. Peculiarity of this mandal is the Ganesh idol is a new one every year. The size of the idol is about 13 feet in height. The idol is of fiber glass and the mandal is the pioneer in such kind of idol making. The mandal is in its centenary year, in 2002 it completed its 100 years. Throughout the year the mandal is busy celebrating various festivals.

Kesari Wada Ganapati
Established in 1887 at Narayan Peth, Tilakwada. Kesari Wada is the Fifth Ganpati of Honor in Pune. The mandal organizes various functions on various festivals throughout the year. Lokmanya Tilak had established the idol of Ganesh for this mandal in the year 1893. Every year famous artists perform in shows organized by the mandal.

Shrimanta Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Festival
The 107 year old Shrimanta Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Festival is the jewel in the crown of Maharashtra’s long history of community Ganesh festival. It is distinguished by its endeavour to uphold Maharashtra’s cultural heritage. 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. Shrimanta Dagdusheth Halwai was very famous sweet trader of the past era. He was a very virtuous and righteous man. Shree Datta Mandir placed in budhwar peth, Pune was their residential Building. During those times in the outbreak of plague Shrimanta Dagdusheth lost his son. Due to this episode he himself and his wife were very depressed and disturbed. During the same time his Guruji Shree Madhavnath maharaja consoled him and advised him to make two idols of God Shree Datta Maharaja and Shree Ganapati. And asked him to worship them and to take care of them like his own son. In future just as offspring brings radiance to his father’s name these idols would do the same for him. And as per his guruji’s advice he made two idols of Shree Datta maharaj and Shree Ganapati, and this very idol is the first idol, now this idol is placed in Aakara Maruti Temple, Shukrawar peth, this idol is worshiped everyday with detailed rituals and rites. Lokmanya Tilak installed this idol. And at that moment Shrimanta Dagdusheth Halwai, Baburao Godse, Bhausaheb Rangari, Shree Morappasheth Ghadve, Narayanrao Bajiwale a.k.a Jadhav, Narayanrao Bhujbal, Ramrao Butler, Ganpatrao Vithuji, Sardar Paranjape, Shivrampant Paranjape, Gopalrao Raikar, Narayanrao Darode and many such people from different spectra were present on this auspicious occasion. And with all the faith and devotion this auspicious tradition was started with the blessings from all these great people. In the year 1894 Lokmanya Tilak started the Public Ganesh Festival. In the year 1896-second idol of Shrimanta Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati was ready and this was celebrated in the festival. During the same period Shrimanta Dagdusheth expired. But the locals and his immediate social workers carried the tradition of Public Ganesh Festival forward. In that era Shree Dagdusheth Halwai bahuli haud was renowned as public ganapati. This festival was organized and managed by Suvarnayug Youth Club. This idol is instilled at the temple in Pithashree old age Home, Baburao Godse Kondwa. In the year 1896 the idol got a bit tattered and in the year 1967 they celebrated Amrut jubilee of the Ganapati Bappa. And on these basis instantaneously Head of Suvarnayug Youth Club Shree Pratap Godse, Digambar Rasne, Raghu Kedari, Shankar Suryavanshi, Chandrakant Darode, Umaji Kedari, Prahaladsheth Sharma, Ramakant Vasant Kodre, Kanta Rasne, Dattaray Kedari, Ulhas Shegde, Uttam Gavde, etc activist decided to make a new idol and for that purpose they appointed famous sculptor from Karnataka Shree Shilpi. They asked him to make a small idol from mud and that was shown to the workers using the projector by Shree Balasaheb Paranjape and got the approval of his co-workers about the similarity of the new idol with old. Once approved the work on large idol was started. After completing the idol Shree Shilpi offered his prayers to Lord Ganesh on the banks of Sangam River on the day of eclipse. He worshiped Lord Ganesha till the end of the eclipse. He also worshiped the Shree Ganesh Yantra and after that he conducted the rites on the place where he made the idol and with all the devotion he worshipped the Shree Yantar and implanted it the belly of Shree Ganesh. It is said that one must worship Lord Ganesha with all the devotion and faith and must carry all the rites and rituals regularly. Till date this tradition is followed with all the sincerity and so this Ganapati Bappa blesses everyone. Thus, this beautiful idol of Shree Ganesh fulfilling the vows of his worshipers is present in this temple.