The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune holds immense significance as a place of worship for countless devotees. Each year, during the auspicious occasion of Ganeshotsav, devotees eagerly anticipate the elaborate decoration and presence of the revered Dagdusheth Ganpati.
As the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Public Ganpati Trust prepares to commemorate its 131st year, an extraordinary decision has been made to construct a replica of Ayodhya’s renowned Shri Ram temple for this year’s Ganeshotsav festivities. Manik Chavan, the Chairman of the Trust, announced this significant undertaking during a press conference.
The replica will span an impressive length of 125 feet, a width of 50 feet, and a towering height of 100 feet. The construction will employ materials such as wood, batum, plywood, and will culminate with the installation of vibrant lights. Adorned with 24 pillars and arches, the temple’s central dome will soar over 100 feet, contributing to an overall height of approximately 108 feet, including the flag. Additionally, the temple will feature eleven small and large pinnacles, exuding an air of grandeur.
Chavan also revealed that the main hall will showcase Shri Ganaraya’s Makhar embellished in shades of gold, complemented by ornate arches. The temple premises and the pathway will be adorned with depictions and inscriptions narrating the events of the Ramayana. As devotees enter from Belbagh Chowk, they will encounter an imaginative replica of the revered Ram Setu, serving as an entrance to the temple. This year, devotees will have the opportunity to traverse this unique pathway, further enhancing the attraction. Noteworthy replicas of Lord Shri Ram, Shri Hanuman, and the Vanarsena will grace the entrance, captivating all who visit.
The decoration team comprising 100 skilled craftsmen will tirelessly work for 75 consecutive days. Once complete, the temple replica will be constructed using fiberglass and meticulously painted. The design of the pillars in the main hall is being carefully crafted to provide devotees with easy darshan (sight) of Ganpati Bappa, even from a distance. The artistic direction of the temple’s construction will be overseen by Aman Vidhate, while Waikar Bandhu will be responsible for the lighting arrangements, and Kale Mandavwale will manage the pavilion setup.
With the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust’s ambitious endeavor to recreate Ayodhya’s Shri Ram temple, this year’s Ganeshotsav celebration in Pune promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle for all devotees and visitors alike.