Kasba Ganapati Temple is a highly revered shrine situated in the heart of Pune
, in Maharashtra
. It is regarded as the first temple in the city dedicated to Lord Ganesh
. The temple was established by Chhatrapati Shivaji
in 1636. Further additions to this structure were done by Peshwas
, the last of the rulers of Maratha Kingdom.
Kasba Ganapati is considered as the ĎGram Devataí (deity of a city) of Pune. The idol enshrined in the temple is quite attractive with diamonds studded in the place of eyes and a manik (a gem) studded in the navel. The idol is garnished in silver castings.
Special pujasare conducted on Sankashti Chaturthi days. The annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations attracts thousands of devotees from far and near.
Pune Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead.