President inaugurates Late Smt Laxmibai Dagdusheth Halwai Dutta Mandir Trust in Pune

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President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of Late Smt Laxmibai Dagdusheth Halwai Dutta Mandir Trust in Pune on 27 May.

  • Laxmibai Memorial Awards 2022 

  • Laxmibai Memorial Awards 2022 were presented to three eminent women achievers from different fields on the occasion.

  • The awardees are Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar, Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences; International Bonsai expert Dr. Prajakta Kale; and Dr. Bhagyashree Patil, Chairman and Executive Director, Dr. D.Y. Patil Abhimat University, Pimpri.

  • About Laxmibai Dagdusheth Halwai Datta Mandir

  • It is a Hindu temple established by Laxmibai Dagdusheth, wife of Dagdusheth Gadve.

  • She was originally a Lingayat trader from Karnataka.

  • After settling in Pune and setting up a business of sweet and savoury snacks, the family came to be known as Dagdusheth Halwai.

  • Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai and his wife Lakshmi Bai played an important role during the freedom struggle and created a tradition of social service.

  • This temple was established on 4 July 1904 and is dedicated to Sri Dattatreya.

  • In Maharashtra, Dattatreya is considered to be an avatar of the three Hindu Gods, Trimurti—Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. 

  • It is believed that the deities are especially awakened in this temple, making it a popular spot among devotees.

  • The temple is located in Budhwar Peth near Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple.

  • In 2017, Laxmibai Dagdusheth Halwai Datta Temple became the first temple in Pune to be completely solar powered.

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