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Budhwar Peth, Pune

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Budhwar Peth (Marathi: बुधवार पेठ) is one of many commercial localities in the city of Pune, India. The area has a high number of electronics shops and a sizeable population of sex workers.


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For some period, Pune was ruled by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb of Delhi. When Aurangzeb attacked Pune, he inhabited Budhwar Peth in 1660. In his era, this Peth was known as Mohitabad or Moheyabad. Thorale Madhavrao Peshwa made developments and renamed it as Budhwar Peth when he got the power in their hand. Vishram baugh Wada, Belbaugh and Gramdevata Jogeshwari are the historical proofs of Budhawar Peth. It is said that when Shivaji got married to Saibai, he first visited Gramdevata Jogeshwari.

The Bhide Wada, located opposite the famous Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati temple hosted the first school for girls in Maharashtra. The school was started by Savitribai and Jyotiba Phule in January 1848.


Today, Budhwar Peth is a business area particularly for electrical goods market, books and traditional items. Places of interest include; Jogeshwari Temple, N.M.V High School, Laxmi Road, Appa Balwant Chowk and Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati temple, which is believed to be the richest amongst all Ganesh Temples with the Lord Ganesha icon laden with several lakhs of rupees of gold, and worshipped for obstacle removal.

The place also boasts of being the producing hub of automated taxi meters for most of the autos/rented car in India. Red light area in Budhwar Peth is said to be the third largest in India with 5000-plus commercial sex workers.


Budhwar Peth, Pune Wikipedia

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