Gold And Diamond Ornaments Of Dagdusheth Ganpati Never Seen Before
So far most of my posts on the blog have been about jewellery worn by us on ourselves. On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, I have the unique opportunity to write about the jewellery made and adorned by none other than Lord Ganesha. The masterpieces have especially been designed and curated by the famed PNG Jewellers for renowned Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati in Pune, India.
This year is even more special as the ‘Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Mandal’ is in its 125th year of celebration. PNG Jewellers has been consistently a part of Dagdusheth Ganpati’s festivities since its inception.
PNG Jewellers involved approx 40 craftsmen who worked extensively for around 5 months, to prepare the jewellery which is made completely in Gold. The ornament is studded with more than 60,000 precious stones and gems like rubies and emeralds, weighing approx 40kg and said to be valued at whooping approx Rs 15 Crore. Intricate traditional craftsmanship like filigree work and nakashi have been used to create these marvels.
7 different crowns have been created for Ganpati Bappa to be used every day of the Ganpati festivity. The ornaments include meticulously handcrafted Ganesh Mukut, 7 changeable Zali (front part of Mukut) and 7 changeable Prabhaval (net around the Mukut), Uparna, Angarkha, Pitambar, Kaan (ear), Shunda bhushan and a necklace. Designed to perfection by gold smiths from Maharashtra, Bengal and Karnataka these beautiful pieces derive inspiration from Indian traditions embracing lotus, kalash, elephant, kirtimukha, peacock and trident and are carved using gold, emeralds, rubies, white diamonds.
On this joyous occasion, Mr. Saurabh Gadgil, Chairman & Managing Director, PNG Jewellers stated “It is a matter of great pride and honor for us to be a part of 125th year celebration of Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Mandal. We are humbled to be consistently a part of the Dagdusheth’s annual Ganesh festivities. We at PNG Jewellers consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be given this opportunity year on year and make sure we leave no stone unturned to create stunning masterpieces set to adorn Bappa every year.”
Mr. Parag Gadgil – Director, PNG Jewellers stated, “Late Shri Dajikaka Gadgil – founder PNG Jewellers has been instrumental in starting the association. The efforts taken by the karigars towards creating these beautiful and intricate ornaments have been done gratis and all the making charges have been waived off. The craftsmanship seen on these pieces is reminiscence of the 185 years old legacy that PNG Jewellers carries forward even today.”
Theme Of Dagdusheth Ganpati 2017
According to Ashok Godse, President of the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust, and Director Suvarnayug Sahakari Bank, this year the theme is a replica of Brahmanaspati temple. This temple is a shrine of an abstract deity of Brahma in the Veda. It finds mention in Rigveda and in the ancient Mudgala texts dedicated to Ganesha. (as quoted in Hindustan Times Pune)