Important Places of Maharaj
HALWAI DATTA TEMPLE (PUNE)
Halwai Datt Temple Pune : Halwai Daat Temple is built by Smt. Laxmibai Dagadu Halwai on the advice of Shrinath Maharaj. As Laxmibai had a enormous estate and didn’t have child to become heir of the property; shrinath planned to build the temple so that she will remain in the mind of people because of datt temple. Surprising thing about this Temple is that as soon as the consecration ceremony of the Datt statue performed, soon after that the sad demise of Laxmibai took place, as if Shrinath had decided to get this noble task done by her hand and made her memorable in Pune.
The Temple is on the north facing having three storey building. It has very attractive and artistic Datt Statue. A ‘pujari ‘ has been appointed for the daily worship. On the left side “Paduka” are established and oil painting of Shrinath has been kept near the Statue.
Shrinath used to wander from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and many other places of India for the sake of devotees. Shrinath spend his last days of life at Pune. Due to ill health Shrinath chose to stay gladly at small house of Headmistress Champabi instead of staying at other rich devotees. What a great destiny of the Champabai! Shrinath left pune for Naput on 02-01-36. Afterwards a Nath Seat and half statue of shrinath was established there. All the programs like Punyatithi, Janmotsav, Gurupournima are celebrated there. Daily worship and purnarati is performed regularly.
Pune has witnessed many surprising events, but one f them is really astonishing.The great biographer, Kirtankar and author of “Shri ‘Gajanan Vijay Granth” Shri Dasganu Maharaj narrated the experience of Miracle in the ‘Kirtan’
When Dasganu Maharaj went to meet Shrinath at Pune. Shrinath praised him for his ability of Kirtan and made a wish of listening kirtan. Dasganu asked shrinath, the day when Shrinath wanted to hear the kirtan. Shrinath replied ‘it should be performed on the day of Ekadashi’. But it was practice of Dasganu to to at Pandharpur on Ekadashi. Dasganu was in dilemma. He thought for a while and said “I will perform the kirtan as per your wish. Your wish is order for me”. The kirtan started as per the pre-decided schedule. Suddenly, Dasganu Maharaj saw all the images in front of him and was stunned. As if a drama is going on and curtain changed. He found himself in Pandharpur and Pandurang in place of shrinath . He then traumatized and said “I got the divine pleasure and realized the entire truth that Shrinath and Pandurang are not different but one.”