Peths in Pune( PuneDiary's Pune At a Glance Section )

Kasba Peth Sadashiv Peth Narayan Peth
Bhavani Peth Ganj Peth Budhwar Peth
Nana Peth Rasta Peth Raviwar Peth
Mangalwar Peth Ghorpade Peth Ganesh Peth
Shukrawar Peth Guruwar Peth Shaniwar Peth
Somwar Peth Vetal Peth Navi Peth

Peths In Pune And Their Establishment

Year Name Year Name Year Name
1637-62 Kasba 1755 Nagesh - Nehal 1768 Muzaferjang
1637-62 Murtuzabad - Shaniwar 1755 Ganesh (Re Established - 1789) 1769 Sadashiv
1663 Astapura - Mangalwar 1761 Narayan 1781 Ghorpadi
1703 Moheyabad - Budhwar 1637-62 Malakapur - Raviwar
(Re Established 1740-41)
1783 Rasta
1734 Visapur - Shukarwar
(Re Establishment 1748-49)
1637-62 Shahpura - Somwar 1789 Nana
1750 Vetal - Guruwar 1767 Bhavani 1789 Ganj

Mostly the Peths are named after the days of the week, but some Peths are named after their founders. Let us have a glimpse into the origin of these Peths. Pune was a very small place in ancient times. People stayed around the present Mahatama Phule Mandai and Shaniwar Wada. But as the population started to increase, the boundaries of Pune started expanding. The Eastern Pune or the portion on the other side of the river is known as the old Pune. Recently developed areas are Deccan Gymkhana, Kothrudh, Karve Nagar and Pashan. The first Peth founded was Kasba Peth.


The Eastern Pune is the original Pune, as the city is very ancient therefore it does not look very well planned. The old Pune is divided into various 'Peths'. These Peths were urbanized in different times by different people for some definite purposes. In these Peths the old construction could be seen even now, and the glimpses of the old traditional Pune. There are different reasons for different names given to the Peths.  A typical kind of atmosphere can be experienced in every Peth. People staying in a particular Peth have their own accents and life styles.

There used to be a person who was known as a 'Mahajan', he was authorized to establish a particular Peth. He was responsible for providing various facilities to the residents of that Peth like providing Water Supply, Shops, Bazaars, Dharam Shalas and other facilities. He used to set up temples, Market Places, shops etc., the tax from these areas was also been collected by this individual, which he used to pay the Government every year.

Kasba Peth : [Established During 1637-62]

Kasba Peth was the first Peth to be established somewhere in the 14th century, and is the oldest area in Pune. Kasba Ganpati the Gram Daivat of Pune, is in Kasba Peth. This temple was built in Shivaji Maharaja's reign. There is a story behind the Kasba Ganpati, some children had brought cows for grazing over there. These children found an idol of Ganapati at this place. Then they colored this idol and started worshipping it. Shivaji Maharaja's mother Jijabai also visited there whenever she came to Lal Mahal. Hence Dadoji Konddeo built a pendol in front of the idol, this is where today's Kasba Ganpati Temple.

Today one can also find the old structured residences called 'Wada', which is commonly found in Kasba Peth. It is a residential area and also Known as the Kumbhar wada (earthen pot  makers) and brass and copper utensils manufacturers are also found their. Lal Mahal and Kasba Ganpati Temple are some of the famous places over here.

Sadashiv Peth:

One can see the many old Wada's, Educational and Cultural Institutes which are located in the area of Sadashiv Peth. The name was kept in the memory of Sadahivrao Bhau who had lost his life in 1761 in the war of Panipat. Earlier it was set up only for the Military soldiers, but now a days large amount of residents are only Brahmins. 'Bharat Ithihas Sanshodan Mandal', 'Raja Kelkar Vastu Sangrahalaya', 'Nehru Stadium', 'Sir Parshurambhau Mahavidhyalay', 'Bharat Natya Mandir', 'Tilak Smarak Mandir', 'Maratha Chambers of Commerce' and many more important institutes are in Sadashiv Peth. Khunya Murlidhar, Vishrambag Vada, Saras Baug, Nehru Stadium, Bhikardas Maruti and well known Talayatalya Ganapati are the best attraction of this place.

Narayan Peth :

The area where the office of Daily News Paper 'Kesari' is situated is known as Narayan Peth. In 1773 Narayanrao Peshwa had build Narayan Peth when he was in Power. Narayan Peth's Gaikwad Wada is the place where Lokmanya Tilak had started the daily news Paper called Kesari, this Place is now known as 'Gaikwad Wada' or 'Kesari Wada'. Recently renovation of the Wada has been done where you can see the big Library and exhibition of the objects used by Lokmanya. Now a days you can find a big stationary, printing and Paper market in 'Narayan Peth'. Sambhaji Bridge or Lakadi pool (bridge) and Kesari Office are some famous places over here.

Mangalwar Peth : [Established During 1663]

In 1662 when Shaiste Khan had came to Pune with an intention to defeat Shivaji Maharaj, the Place where he stayed was known as 'Shaistepura', the same place today is known as Mangalwar Peth. It was also known as 'Astapura'. This area was famous for different businesses. Mangalwar Peth was destroyed during the Panshet dam's flood. The Temple of 'Trishund Ganapati' and 'Omkareshwar' is located in this area. Kamala Nehru Hospital is also located in this Peth. Today the business of transportation is carried out in this area.

Bhavani Peth :

Bhavani Mata Mandir and Palkhi Vithoba Mandir are the best tourist attraction of Bhavani Peth. It is named after the Goddess Bhavani whose temple is in which was set up in 1763. In olden days there were many "bore" trees in this area, thus it was also known as 'Borevan'. In the era of Peshwa's, 'Sardar Nana Phadanvisan' had given a startup to Business in Bhavani Peth. He allowed many businessmen to keep their storages in this area, and later this part of city turned in to another big business place. Further they built the temple of 'Bhavani Mata' due to which it is named as Bhavani Peth. Today it has a large timber, hardware and steel market. Some of the famous places over here are Shri Bhavani Mata Mandir and Timbar market.

Ganj Peth :

Ganj Peth was inhabited in the rule of Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa. It was known as 'Muzaffarjang' later it was renamed as Ganj Peth. It was a commercial center predominated by traders, weavers, etc.
Ganj Peth is the place where Mahatma Jyotirao Phule used to stay. Earlier Women and Backward class People were not allowed to take education, at that time Phule had struggled a lot for education of women and Backward class people and in the year 1852 he opened the first school for untouchables. His wife Savitribai Phule had taken task for the women education in the same area. The school for Women and Untouchables was opened in Ganj Peth where he used to stay. The resident of the Phule is now known as 'Rashtriya Smarak'.

Budhwar Peth : [Established During 1703]

For some period Pune was ruled by the Delhi's Badshah Aurangzeb. When Aurangzeb attacked Pune at that time he had inhabited Budhwar Peth in the year 1660. In his era this Peth was known as 'Mohitabad' / 'Moheyabad'. Thorale Madhavrao Peshwa made developments and renamed it as Budhwar Peth when they got the Power in thier hand. 'Vishram baugh Wada', 'Belbaugh' and 'Gramdevat Jogeshwari' are the historical proofs of Budhawar Peth. It is said that when Shivaji got married to Saibai, first they gave visit to Gramdevat Jogeshwari. Today it is a business area particularly for electrical goods market. Some of the famous Places over here are Ganesh Temple, Shri Jogeshwari Temple, N.M.V High School, Laxmi road.

Ghorpade Peth :

Different places of Pune is named in the memory of famous Sardar's of Peshwa's era. Ghorpade Peth has been named after the memory of the Sardar Ghorpade. Now a days it is a residential area.

Nana Peth :

'Nihal Peth' was the ancient name of Nana Peth. It has been named after the memory of the Nana Phadanvis in the year 1761. Here you can find the Temple of 'Nivdungya Vithoba'. Every year the 'Palkhi' of 'Sant Tukaram Maharaja' takes a halt in this temple while going to 'Ashadi Vari'. Today in Nana Peth a Wholesale Market of grocery is found and also a market of automotive spare parts. Ghodepir, Agyari and Nivdungya Vithoba Temple are famous places in this area.

Rasta Peth :

Earlier Rasta Peth was known as 'Shivpuri', it was found in the year 1776. Rasta Peth had been named after the memory of the 'Sardar Anandrao Laxmanrao Raste'. Anandrao constructed a huge building - Raste Wada. It took 9 years to build the building ( Raste Wada ). King Edward Memorial ( K.E.M) Hospital and Maharashtra State Electricity Board (M.S.E.B) is located in this area. Shiral Sheth chowk and Shiv Temple are famous here. Today most of the families in Rasta Peth are South Indian.

Raviwar Peth :

'Malkapur' was the ancient name of Raviwar Peth. In the Era of Balaji Bajirao Peshwa, Mahajan, Vyavhare, Joshi had renamed this Place as Raviwar Peth. This area is specialized for the shops of Gold and Silver ornaments. Therefore this area is well known as 'Sarraf Katta', Where you can find old as well as new designed ornaments. The Temple of 'Someshwar', 'Jumma Masjid' and 'Bhohri Jammat Khana' are famous in this area. The market for Plastic Product is found here. The temple of Laxminarayan and Ram Mandir are also famous in this area. This area is also famous for wholesale textile market. Vitthal Temple and the Someshwar temple are famous over here.

Ganesh Peth :

Sardar Jivajipant Khazgiwale had inhabited Ganesh Peth in 1775 which is named after Lord Ganesha. He was the cheif Sardar of Srimant Madhavrao Peshwa. In this there is the famous Temple of 'Dulya Maruti' and 'Shri Gurusingh Sabha'. The big milk market and tamasha theatreis found in this area. The temple of Dagdinagoba and Gurudwara are famous in this area.

 

Shukrawar Peth : [Established During  1734]

Earlier Shukrawar Peth was known as 'Visapur', and was the largest Peth in the City. In the year 1734 Shukrawar Peth was build by Jivajipant  Khasagiwale in rule of 'Shrimant Balajirao Peshwa'. It was Re Established during 1748-49. The famous market 'Mandai' of Pune is in Shukrawar Peth which was built in 1885. Next to it is the biggest market called 'Tulsi baugh' where you can find various items, in this market there is a very old 'Ram Mandir'. Near by there is a 'Raja Kelkar Museum'.

Guruwar Peth / Vetal Peth : [Established During 1730]

Guruwar Peth was developed by Jivajipant Khasgiwale in the year 1730's. It is also known as 'Vetal Peth' as there is the famous temple of 'Vetal' in this Peth. It is said that Peshwa used to visit this temple. They had put a big Bell in this Temple, as their work of molding of ammunition was successfully done. This place was also famous for the elephant fighting shows. The Jain Temple of 'Parasnath' is famous in Guruwar Peth. Parasnath Temple and Vetal temple are some famous places over here.

Shaniwar Peth : [Established During 1637-62]

Pune's Historical place Shaniwar Wada is in Shaniwar  Peth. This place was known as 'Murujabad' / 'Murtuzabad' when Pune was under the Muslim rule. As Peshwai started in Pune this place was known as Shaniwar Peth. Shaniwar Wada was build in 1730 by Thorale Bajirao. In Peshwa's era all the policies were issued from Shaniwar Wada hence this place became politically important. In the Independence era 'Hutatma Stambh' was build in front of Shaniwar Wada in memory of those who has lost their life for independence. Shaniwar Wada, Hutatma Smarak, Amruteshwar Mandir are some of the famous places over here.

 

Somwar Peth : [Established During  1637-62]

The people staying in this area were know as "Gosavi". It was also known as 'Shahpura'. These people used to lend money to others for various purposes before Banks came in existence. This is one of the famous Peths in Pune. Apollo theater is famous in this area. Mali Maharaj, Vishnu Temple, and Nageshwar Temples are famous in this area. The Emplyoment Office and Zilla Parishad Building are situated in this area. The famous Shahu Udyan and Shahu Talav are legend of Somwar Peth. Collector Office is also famous in this area. 

Navi Peth :

This is one of the famous Brahmin peth, connected by Lalbahadur Shastri road. The famous Poona Hospital is found in this area. The Crematoria 'Vaikunth' is in this area. The famous Alka theater is in this area.

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