The first large-scale public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival was started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in 1893 in Pune. The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust was established in the same year and has been coordinating and helping Ganesh Chaturthi mandals across
Maharashtra. The bit of history was to indicate the importance of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Pune. The Ganesh Chaturthi in 2012 is on September 19.
The Dagdusheth Ganapati idol is the most preferred idol in Pune. Most the Ganesh Chaturthi idols in Pune are made by famous Ganesha idol makers in Pen in Raigad District,