Exploring Pune- Phase I
Dagadusheth Halwai was the founder of the temple who was a trader, businessman, and a sweet maker. He was from Karnataka and settled in Pune long ago. But his son died due to an epidemic and afterwards he and his wife fell into steep depression and to heal themselves, they were advised to build a Ganesh temple by their Guru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj.
The Thorale (Elder) Bajirao once saw a rabbit chasing a dog in this place. Taking inspiration from this Shaniwar Wada was built, a place which would never see defeat. As per the legend, on a full moon night, one can still hear the young Peshwa screaming “Kaka! Mala Vachva”, looking for a help that never came.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum:
It is the one-man collection of Late Dr. D.G. Kelkar. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of his only son `Raja’ and houses 21,000 rare artefacts.
Pataleshwar Caves Pune is dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar – a name dedicated to Shiva. According to the legends, the temple was built in just a few hours by the Pandavas when they were out in the exile and needed a shelter.