Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is one of the most auspicious and significant Ganapati temples located in Budhwar district and close proximate to another historical monument Shaniwar Wada fort of Pune city, Maharashtra. This sacred temple was built in the year 1893 by a sweet trader from Karnataka Dagadusheth Halwai, a tribute paid to the elephant headed lord Ganesha and his divinity. The temple has been drawing thousands of devotees every year and has become one of the major tourist destinations. The idol of Ganesh inside the temple is believed to be very lively and wishes of the people can be granted if they pray with complete belief. Many worshipers including important personalities in film, sports and politics from various parts of the India despite having different caste and community often congregate to the temple and pray whole heartedly in front of miraculous, wonderful idol of Ganesha and seek his blessing. During the Ganeshotsav or Ganesh Chaturthi a ten-day festival enormous devotees flock down to the temple and celebrate the festival.
The Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is a delicate piece of architecture and built in such a way that worshippers can easily get the glimpse of sacred idol of Ganesh from outside. The exquisite temple was constructed by a famous and rich sweet trader Dagadusheth Halwai who hailed from Karnataka and is believed to be one of the oldest Ganesh temples in India. The idol of Ganesh inside the temple is made of approximately nine kilograms pure gold and adorned beautifully with precious stones scattered on it. Though the premises of the temple spread over a small area but the decoration inside and outside the temple is delightful and well managed by the trust committee. The name Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati given to the temple after the founder name and there lies a well known myth behind the temple. Dagadusheth Halwai lost his son due to the outbreak of plague and sudden demise of his son made Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati depressed and disturbed. Meanwhile his Guruji shri.Madhavnath Maharaj condoled him and counseled him to built two idols of Shri. Datta Maharaj and Shri. Ganapati and asked him to worship and look after these idols as he would do his son. As per his Guruji’s advice Dagdusheth Halwain built two idols of Shri Datta Maharaj and Shri Ganapati and started worshipping them and since then the two idols are worshipped everyday with detailed rituals and rites. Dagdusheth Halwai later formed Halwai Ganapati Trust and today the trust has become one of the richest trusts as well as a symbol of inspiration of Ganeshotsav a ten-day festival celebrated every year in Maharashtra. Freedom fighter and a close friend to Dagdusheth Halwai Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak played a key role to initiate and spread the festival among the public in order to consolidate the unity against the British.
Tourists can visit the temple during the morning time to avoid overwhelming crowd and traffic.