Category Archives: Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai

Dagduseth Ganpati revisits Vikram Kharvi’s House

Shri Shreemanta Dagduseth Ganpati revisits Vikram Kharvi’s Residence. This is the second year I am bringing  bappa home and also the beginning of the second year of this blog. I started this blog just before the Ganesh Chaturti last year simply as personal collection of Bappa’s information, but surprisingly with the lord’s grace this simple blog has grow tremendously attracting thousands of unique visitors each day all round the year. This is the motivation that gets me to work on this blog and keep it updated. I sincerely thank you all for the support and keep visiting and sharing your feedback. May My Lord Ganesha bless you all. Here is a short slideshow of Ganesh Chaturti festival at my residence this year.

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Special seurity arrangements around Dagdusheth Temple

The city police are specially focusing on security around Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple, known to be the biggest attraction during the Ganpati festival in Pune. The religious place is suspected to be on the radar of terror outfits. Pune police commissioner Meeran Borwankar said she recently discussed security issues with members of Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal.

Borwankar said Pune police have received inputs from ATS and other intelligence agencies about the suspected terrorist movements in the city. She said specifications of the inputs could not be shared with media.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Makrand Ranade said, “All crowded places and those having a history are being looked at. We are considering Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple as the centre. Special security arrangements are made within 2 km radius of the temple. Besides, there is a watch on 89 spots mentioned under our communal riot scheme. Our 300 special branch officers and constables would be keeping a close watch round the clock on sensitive spots.”


Much awarded Ganesh Mandal of Pune keeps Tilak tradition alive

Located in Sahakarnagar bylanes, Aranyeshwar Mandal is one of the few Ganesh mandals that still uphold the tradition started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak of using it as a platform to spread social message and address social issues. Its continuous efforts over the past 52 years has earned the mandal a record 350 awards.

“When we started the mandal, our main aim was to ensure people were informed about socio-political happenings around them so that they could be aware of them. Ever since we have been decorated the mandal only with themes with social relevance,” says Arun Jangawli president of the Mandal.

And for that, the mandal has till date won over 350 awards from different organisations across the state, the latest being Jai Ganesh Bhushan Award bestowed by the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Trust, and which carries a prize of Rs 1 lakh. Having topped the list of best mandals for the last three years, Jangawli says for them, the festival is not an occasion to merely revel and waste money collected by them on smaller things. “We need to focus on what we want to show to people,” he says adding, “Hence we take up themes like pollution, corruption, climate, population explosion and even illnesses like AIDS and swine flu.” In fact, in the 90s, owing to such themes, it was for five years straight from 1995 to 2000 that they won the award given by the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Trust. In addition, they have won awards from the PMC and also from the Rotary Foundation three times each.


Mumbai: On his toes: Bal Ganesh’s balancing act

Lalbaug sculptor pulls off 28 foot-tall Bal Ganesh idol, which rests on three toes, in five days

The sight of Bal Ganesh standing on an elephant’s trunk on three toes may be a treat for the worshipper’s eyes but it’s a difficult idol for a sculptor to make. However, 32 year-old Lalbaug sculptor Rajesh Shinde has pulled off this 28 foot tall work of art with ease.

The 48 year old Khetwadi 8th Lane Sarvajanik Ganehotsav Mandal came up with the idea of the unique idol and approached Shinde to execute it. The 28 foot idol is the tallest in the Khetwadi mandal’s history and in sculptor’s 12 year-old career.

The Bal Ganesh idol, which stands on three toes, weighs about two tonne and was sculpted and painted to perfection in just three days. “I got the order (from Khetwadi mandal) a month ago and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to deliver in just five days. I still took it up as a challenge and by God’s grace I managed pretty well,” Shinde said.

“I started working on the idol on August 25 and I am almost done with it. I just need to finish painting the idol and I intend to do that by Sunday,” he added.

The Vice-Secretary of the Khetwadi 8th Lane mandal, Nilesh Shirdhankar, said, “The sculptor has made the idol in just three days and he has promised to give it the final touches by Sunday. The making of the idol had to be delayed because it had to be made in the pandal that was built only 10 days ago.”

Another mandal member, Abhay Parkar, said, “This is not the first time he made an idol at such short notice. He has been doing this for eight years now. Since our lane is very narrow, we get permission to set up the pandal only 10 days before Ganeshotsav. Of the 10 days, two days go in setting up the pandal, about four to five days go in making the idol and the remaining days we use to decorate it.”

31,000 throng Pune’s Dagduseth Halwai pandal for Atharvasheersh Pathan at

As many as 31,000 women thronged the narrow lanes in front of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati pandals as early as 5 am on the second day of the Ganesh festival this year. The streets leading to the famed pandals have seen similar crowds every year on Rishi Panchami for the past 22 years. The women visit the place to attend the Atharvasheersh Pathan and the Maha Aarti.  

A the brain child of Arun and Shubhangi Bhalerao, the event started with 100 women. Last year 19,000 women attended the event. “The Atharvasheersh Pathan usually happens at 6 am. It is a community pooja that is done every year by us so that the women can spread the light of the Lord to the four corners of the city. We began this as an experiment 22 years ago and ever since numbers have just grown,” says Shubhangi Bhalerao.  

Women come dressed in traditional Navari sarees and jewellery. Arun Bhalerao, the convenor of the programme, says, “We usually give out badges to the women who take part in it. We have around 200 self help groups that are also in sync with us, whose members come in for the programme.”

Shrminath Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati 2010

Dagduseth Ganpati at Vikram Kharvi’s house

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Mumbai families take eco-friendliness a step ahead with metal Ganeshas

While the clamour for eco-friendly Ganeshas — mostly clay idols — is on, some people are a step ahead of the curve.

Many people have opted for fibreglass and metal Ganpati idols this season, which will be wrapped and returned to their place within the home, once the festival is over.

Source: DNA

“We realised that clay idols also needed a paint job once every three years. So, we opted for metal idols, which lasts longer and are easy to clean,” said Bandra resident Ajay Deshpande.

Deshpande’s change of heart happened after he visited his daughter’s school. “We used to have clay idols at home till seven years ago. After visiting the exhibition, I thought we could do something more about the environment,” said Deshpande. He soon brought home a white, metallic Ganesha, and has influenced his relatives and guests to go in for the same.

“White metal makes the idol look as if it’s made of silver. We bought it from the famous Dagdu Sheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune,” he added. The Deshpandes also avoid artificial decoration, decorating the place with flowers instead.

This process is also convenient for the citizens. “It takes up less time and we do not get tired. We immerse the idol at home and then wrap and store it,” said Andheri resident Arun Kulkarni. The Kulkarnis also ensure that they don’t use any new thermocol products. “We use the same decorations every year and just make some small changes,” said Kulkarni.

Deshpande opts for only floral decorations after moving to white metal idols.

“Decorations in our house are done with colourful flowers. We also ensure that the offerings are thrown only in Nirmalya,” said Sanjeev, a Santacruz resident. Sanjeev’s family makes it a point to go up to Nirmalyas, which are collection points set up at immersion points, where all floral offerings are recycled.

Divine palace for Dagdusheth Ganapati

Bhagyodaya Raj Prasad, a divine royal palace, will be the attraction at the Ganapati festival presented by Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganapati Trust.  

Brainchild of former president of the trust Tatyasaheb Godse, the huge decorative structure of 100 feet length, 50 feet width and 95 feet height, would be carved entirely in fibre glass.

Creator-sculptor Vivek Khatavkar said, “It has 350 columns, 250 arches, 90 vents, lamps, colourful curtains and prisms.” A special Mayurasan for the Ganapati idol, carved in fibre glass would be another distinct feature. A Vaibhav Rath having 12 columns and 18 arches, has been prepared for the immersion procession. 

Khatavkar along with artists Ananta Pilvalkar and Sandeep Wadkar are the architects.

Announcing the rituals during the festive period, Trust’s General Secretary Ashok Godse said, “Yogacharya B K S Iyengar will consecrate the Shree Ganesha idol (pran-pratistha).” 

On the day of Rishipanchami (a day of vrata observed by women), Commissioner of Police Meeran Borvankar is expected to present, he added.

Lord Ganesha insured?

 Pune’s Dagdusheth Ganesh Mandal insures the pandal and devotees for Rs100 crore for the 12-day-long festivities during the Ganesh Festival


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