It was last year I suppose I have written about the all woman Ganesh Pandal / Mandal in Pune and Sankaran was asking for more details call me lazy or cold but it just slipped out of my mind. Here I have some more details ……
The Ganesh chaturdhi has more colour in Pune and atleast at this one special Ganesh mandal in Pune at Dagduseth. That is largely coz as I learn from my friends in Pune that it is an all women festival and the women congregate some 15.000 – 20,000 of them in prayers where in the priest is also a woman. They ask for a list of their boons and comeback in thanks giving the next year, ofcourse with a fresh set of the boons. The congrgartion happens at about 6:00 pm for a pooja and aarti.
A blogger friend says……..
Anyways I can assure one thing – sincere prayers especially to Lord Ganesha will always do wonders to you …
Here is another friend who has collected the latest pix of the ganeshas including the one famous in Hyderabad the Khairatabad Ganesha…which by the way he says has gone Ecological and environmentally freindly.
The idol of Dagduseth Ganpati, the richest Ganpati temple in Pune, is yet again very popular. Here is the website of the mandal though there is no mention of the women Ganeshotsav that falls on the second day of the Ganesh festival (Its a 10 day festival).
The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust, based in Pune was established in the year 1893 and has thus been in the service of devotees since 108 years. It was in 1893 when Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak gave a public form to the celebration of the festival of Ganpati and made it a genuinely people’s festival. The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust exists from the year of the inception of the sarvajanik (public) Ganpati festival and is the fulcrum of all sarvajanik(public) celebrations in Maharashtra. for more pix
If you are interested in a detailed list of the ganeshas that are historical and some of the oldest go here.