To kick start our trip with Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Pune was an auspicious endeavor because it is the Lord’s blessings we seek for the beginning of any good activity. This trip had been very important for me for my job as a teacher was extremely challenging and gave me restricted time to spend with my family. While travelling, I can get a chance to make up for the lost time and enjoy to the fullest. This Hindu temple in Pune is extremely famous and is a place where the Maharashtrians and people from other communities too flock from all parts of the country.
Legend has it that the credit for the Temple goes to Dagdusheth Gadve who was originally a trader from Karnataka. He settled in Pune and people began associating him with the name tag ‘halwai’ more because of his profession as a sweet maker. The story goes like this that he had lost his son to plague which pushed him into depression. But on the advice of his Guru, Shri Madhavraj Maharaj, he made idols of Shri Datta Maharaj and Lord Ganesha and began worshipping them as his children. This is how the temple- Akara Maruti Temple Shukrawar Peth came into existence and became the focal point for Hindu religion in the area. Apart from the temple premise, the Halwai Ganpati Trust is also set up that takes care of the needy and the ailing. With gracious contributions from the rich and the giving, the Trust has been able to make provisions for an old age home which has been named Pitashree. The trust is also responsible for the education and housing needs of many orphaned children. The charity work of the Trust looks after the health needs of the tribal people near Pune providing them with ambulance services when required.
The darshan of the Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Pune felt very rewarding. It was as though Lord Himself had blessed me and my family. The Ganesh Festival that takes place here is very famous. We moved on to our next sightseeing- Shanivar Wada, Pune to delve into the history and forts of Pune.