History Behind 5 Manache Ganapati in Pune

Pune is the home to grand Ganesh Utsav where people come together and celebrate with supreme devotion and enthusiasm. However, prior to the public Ganesh Puja festival, the celebrations were restricted to the palaces of Maharajas and homes of people. It was the year 1893 when Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak started the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav and since then Ganesh Puja is celebrated in public with an idea to bring the people together and celebrate with utmost devotion. Pune now has 5 Manache Ganapati- respected Ganeshji idols across the city and in this post we share the glorious history behind each Manache Ganapati.  

1.  Kasba Ganpati:

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This is the very first honored Ganapati in Pune and it is believed that the Ganesh Ji idol was found near Vinayak Thakar home which was close to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s mother’s home. Shivaji’s mother Jijabai then built a temple for the idol and named it Kasba Ganapati. During the Ganesh Chaturthi immersion process, it is Kasba Ganapati that leads the procession after which other mandals idols are immersed. During the procession, Ganesh ji’s idol is placed on a silver paalkhi. You can notice grand celebrations such as bhajans, dance and much more during the Ganesh puja. It is located in Kasba Peth.

2. Tambdi Jogeshwari:

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This is the second most honored Ganpatis of Pune as it is believed as the gram daivat of Pune. It is Ma Durga’s temple where the idol was self-originated and in the year 1545 AD, Trimbak Bendre built a temple for the idol. In 1636, Chhatrapati Shivaji and his mother plowed the land in front of the temple and marked the new beginning of Pune. In 1893, Bal Gangadhar Tilak gave this temple the second honor to this temple and every year, during the Ganesh Puja, Ganesha idol is immersed. It is made from shadu clay by the Gulunjkar family. During the procession, the idol is taken out in a 13kg silver palanquin.


3. Guruji Taalim:

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This is the third honored Ganesh ji of Pune that was established in the year 1887 by two Hindu and Muslims families of Bhiku Shinde and Ustaad Nalban. This pandal was established to spread peace and happiness in different communities and religion and ever since it has succeeded in doing so. The idol is decorated with gold ornaments giving an ethereal touch. The pandal is located on Laxmi Road.

4. Tulshibaug Ganpati:

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This is the fourth honored and respected Ganpatis of Pune that was established in 1901. The beauty of this manache Ganapati is its breathtaking decoration. The 15 ft idol established in 1901 and it is the first idol to be made in the glass fiber. The idol is decorated by artist D.S. Khatavkar with ornaments that weigh more than 90 kg.

5. Kesariwada Ganpati:

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This is the fifth respected Ganapati pandal and is also known as Gaikwad Wada. There are two Ganesh idols and behind the beautiful Ganesha’s idols is the idol of the person who came with the concept of manache Ganapati- Lokmanya Tilak. There are paintings behind the brass idol of Lokmanya Tilak which depict the story of his life. During the Ganesh festival, the organizers host various cultural programs such as bhajans, musical concerts and much more.

Have you visited any of these Manache Ganapati? Then do share your experience with us in the comments below.

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