The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust, based in Pune was established in he 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 peoples 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. Dagdu Sheth was a friend of Lokmanya Tilak. When Tilak started sarvajanik Ganeshotsavs in 1893, Dagdu began as well. The first Dagdu Ganpati was a simple mud one. This is the third idol.
(I have confirmed it with ol friends as well - The new Idol's year of sthapana is not known to me yet but i will soon find out when i visit ABC)
Tis the Ganpati festival and it brings out a real warm spirit of faith. Ganesha, being the Lord of Intelligence and Knowledge (Buddhi cha Deivat) we all should worship Him in order to be blessed with the power of Intelligence and Bigger Better Brains.... so that we can wipe out ignorance.
Also this time we should solemnly pray for everyone's well being, especially since we all saw how nature can be harsh on mankind - Kalina to Katrina,..... atheists ... art thou listening?
Anyways I can assure one thing - sincere prayers especially to Lord Ganesha will always do wonders to you ...
Hence I am posting some spectacular views of everyone's laadka Ganesh..