Pune city is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is widely known as the city of Lord Ganesha. Revered Ganeshas or Manache Ganpati hold a significant importance in the heart of the devotees. Kasba Ganpati is one of the five Manacha Ganpati. It attracts lots of devotees everyday.
Ganpati or Ganesha is one of the most worshiped deities in the Hindu religion. He is widely revered as the remover of obstacles and the lord of intellect and wisdom.
History of Kasba Ganpati
The references related to the construction of Kasba Mandir dates to the history of Maratha Empire. In 1630, Jijabai Bhosale, the queen of Maratha Empire arrived in Pune with young Shivaji. At that time, Shivaji was disturbed by the pitiable situation of mavals. Watching mavals being smothered under the Mughal rule had a big impact on his mind. Thus, he vowed to liberate the mavals from the Mughals.
It was this time when Dadoji Konddeo reported Jijabai that an idol of Ganapati had been found near the house of Vinayak Thakar. Queen perceived this as an auspicious omen. She immediately ordered her ministers to build a beautiful temple. Lord Ganesha idol was placed in the sanctum of the temple. This auspicious occasion marked the beginning of Swarajya. Thus, Ganpati is worshiped on every big occasion.
Peshwas were passionate devotees of Lord Ganesh and regularly visited Kasba Ganpati Mandir. The house of the Peshwas, Shaniwarwada, celebrated the Ganesh festival with great enthusiasm and passion every year.
In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak started the initiative of Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav. The intentions behind this initiative were to bring people together and create awareness for freedom struggle. At this point of time, Kasba Ganpati was declared as the Gram Daivat- Deity of the Pune City. It was given the honor of Manacha Ganpati.
Precisely, the temple is in Kasba Peth area in Pune. The two famous historical monuments Shaniwarwada and Lal Mahal stand at a close distance from the temple. Reaching Kasba Ganesh Temple is very easy, you can hire an auto or cab from any part of the city.
On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the welcome rituals of Lord Ganesh begin. An idol of Lord Ganesh is placed in a silver palkhi and carried out in a procession by the devotees on their shoulders.
The Ganesh idol is then positioned in the Utsav Mandap. Priests perform the pooja of Lord Ganpati, known as ‘Pranpratishtha’. All the devotees take part in Pranpratishtha pooja. Various social and cultural programs are conducted for the overall development of the community.
Social initiatives such as free eye check-up, blood donation camps, debates on various topics are arranged. For children, “Vividh-Gundarshan” program is also organized. Children between the age group of 3 to 12 years display their talents in the field of music, poetry, and art. This activity builds a sense of belonging and teamwork among the youth. Each year Kasba Ganpati adopts 30 students to educate them.
The Kasba Ganpati Mandal strongly supports women empowerment. Any one day out of the ten days is specially dedicated only for women. Last day of the festival an immersion procession is led by Shri Kasba Ganpati. After the completion of the procession, the idol of Lord Ganesh is then immersed in the sacred river.
If you are planning to visit Pune city now or in the future, a visit to the deity of the Pune City is a must.