Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple in Pune on Tuesday. Soon after reaching Pune from Delhi, Prime Minister Modi reached this famous Ganesh temple located on Shivaji Road. The trustees of the temple told that Modi is the first Prime Minister who visited the temple and offered prayers while in this position. Some former presidents and later, former prime ministers, cabinet ministers, chief ministers and political leaders have visited the temple during the 10-day Ganesh festival.
The Dagdusheth Halwai Temple is managed by the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Trust and is one of the richest temples in the state and devotees believe that the presiding deity grants wishes. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had visited the temple while holding the post of President and former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Chandrashekhar and IK Gujral had offered prayers at the temple after they were no longer in office.
BJP leader LK Advani, who was a cabinet minister in the Vajpayee government, used to visit here while Shankar Dayal Sharma visited the temple after completing his term as President.
Recently Union Home Minister Amit Shah, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, former Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had visited the temple. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has also offered prayers at the temple. According to the information available on the website of the trust, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Bismillah Khan and Lata Mangeshkar also visited this temple.