The Modak and The Mount Street Lamps – Pune, India - Atlas Obscura

The Modak and The Mount Street Lamps

Artistic streetlamps depicting Lord Ganesh’s favourite food and divine mount around an iconic temple of the deity in the heart of Pune. 


Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir is an iconic temple of Lord Ganesh in Pune. It was established more than a hundred years ago and is a divine shrine for pilgrims.

Around the vicinity of the temple, in the busy square, there have been installed a number of artistically-designed streetlamps. These beautiful lamps depict four mice holding a large Modak. As per Hindu traditions, Lord Ganesh’s divine mount is a mouse and his favorite food is Modak, a sweet dumpling dish popular in Indian culture.

These street lamps are a thoughtful creation that add to the aesthetic beauty of the square around the temple. The design is in keeping with the sacred ambiance of the area. They enhance the aesthetic beauty of the temple’s vicinity.

Know Before You Go

The streetlamps are along Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road in front of the temple. The temple is a short distance away from other iconic sites such as Shanivar Wada, Laal Mahal, Appa Balwant Chowk, Tulshi Baug, etc.

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