Dagdusheth Halwai, originally Dagdusheth Gadve, was a Sweet maker from Karnataka. After gaining enormous success in his business, he was referred by the locals as Dagdusheth Halwai (sweet maker) His original shop still exists near Datta Mandir, we know it by the popular name- Kaka Halwai.
The temple was established in 1893 by a grief-stricken Dagdusheth Halwai. After losing his son to the plague, Dagdusheth and his wife were advised by their Guru- Shri Madhavnath Maharaj, to build a Ganpati Temple. The temple became a healing source for not just the merchant and his wife, but to the millions of Punekars who still visit it regularly.
The Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati is an active part of the annual religious festivals. Apart from the daily pooja and arti, several other events are organized by the temple’s trust foundation. The Mango, Mogra and music festival are worth checking out. There’s also an Atharvasheersha recitation event organised by the trust. You can take a look at their festivals.