Ganeshotsav is celebrating with great enthusiasm in the city of Pune, as Lokmanya Tilak started the public Ganeshotsav from Pune city. But even before the public Ganeshotsav started, some Ganapatis were popular.
- MANACHE 5 GANAPATI LIST
1. KASABA GANAPATI (MANACHA PAHILA GANAPATI)
Kasba Ganapati called the village deity (Gramdaivat) of Pune. Kasba Ganapati has been famous since the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaraya’s childhood was spent in the red palace(Lal Mahal) near the temple. Kasba Peth Ganapati has the first place of honor in the public Ganeshotsav of Pune. Kasba is a native of Pune. From here onwards the city of Pune came into shape. Kasba Ganapati was founded by the Thakar family from Karnataka. Shahaji Raje Bhosale built Lal Mahal in Pune in 1636. Then Jijabai built a temple for the installation of this idol (Murti Sthapana) of Lord Ganesha. Says that Because Ganesha came in a dream, Jija Mata established Ganesha Temple.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used to visit this idol on his way to battle. This Ganapati has first place in the immersion procession. The immersion procession begins after the puja of Lord Ganesha is performed by the Mayor of Pune. The Kasba Ganpati Public Circle was established in the same year when Lokmanya Tilak started the public Ganeshotsav in 1893.
2.TAMBADI JOGESHWARI GANAPATI (MANACHA DUSRA GANAPATI)
Shri Tambadi Jogeshwari Ganapati is the manacha second Ganapati. The feature of this idol is that it is immersed (Visarjan) every year and re-established (sthapana) every year.
Tambadi Jogeshwari is the village deity of Pune. This temple is an ancient temple in Pune and the idol of the goddess in this temple is Swayambhu.
Disciplined procession is considered to be a feature of Ganpati’s immersion procession. The procession includes horse warfare and sword exercises. The tradition of public Ganeshotsav of this Mandal dates back to the time of Lokmanya Tilak. But from 1930, the Mandal started celebrating Ganeshotsav on a large scale.
Initially, Ganapati was installed in the Tambadi Jogeshwari temple, but since 2000, an idol of Ganesha has been installed in the mandapa outside the temple. Ganapati idol makes by shadu clay(Shadu Mati). The Mandal has made a silver door for the idol of Ganesha.
3. GURUJI TALIM GANAPATI (MANACHA TISRA GANAPATI)
Ganpati of Guruji Talim Mandal is the third Ganpati of Pune. Guruji Talim Ganapati was in Talim. At present, however, the TALIM does not exist. This Ganpati festival started five years ago before Lokmanya Tilak started the Ganpati festival. This Ganeshotsav started in 1887. Bhiku Shinde, Nanasaheb Khasgivile, Sheikh Kasam Vallad laid the foundation of this festival. Ganpati is a known symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity.
The original Ganesha clay idol is sitting on a rat and made in 1972. this idol made on the initiative of Mandal activist and then Corporator Shyam Singh Pardeshi. The idol is keeping in the festival by giving color every year. The fiber sculpture is build before few years. The same idol is now in the procession. 10 Kg of gold and twenty kilograms of silver ornaments are make for the idol with the participation of activists.
4. TULASHIBAUG GANAPATI (MANACHA CHAUTHA GANAPATI)
The fourth Manacha Ganapati of Pune is the Tulshibaug Ganapati. Tulshibaug Public Ganpati Utsav Mandal’s Ganpati is famous for its excellent scenery. Dakshit Tulshibagwale started this Ganeshotsav festival in 1900. Ganesha idol of Tulshibagh Ganesh Mandal is build by using fiber. Senior Sculptor d. S. Khatavkar has been decorating this Ganapati for many years.
This Ganapati sits in the strategic and bustling area of Tulshibaug. This 13 feet high idol of Ganesh is very attractive and captivating. This Ganapati has silver ornaments weighing 80 kg. Artist D.S. Khatavkar has been decorating this Ganapati for the last several years.
5. KESARIWADA GANAPATI (MANCHA PACHVA GANAPATI)
Kesari Ganapati is the last and fifth Ganapati in Pune. This Ganeshotsav of Kesari Sanstha started in 1894. At that time, Lokmanya Tilak was living in Vinchurkar Wada. But from 1905, Kesari Sanstha started celebrating in Tilak Wada. Lokmanya Tilak used to give lectures in this festival. The immersion procession of this Ganapati starts from the palanquin. Ganesha idol (Murti) made in 1998 according to the description of Saint Dnyaneshwar in Dnyaneshwari.