Kasba Peth, Pune
Kasba Peth or Kasba is the oldest residential part, "Peth" (locality) in Pune, India. It is very adjacent to the historic Shaniwar Wada palace-fort. Kasba Peth was the first Peth to be established somewhere in the 5th century, and is the oldest area in Pune. It is called the "Heart of Pune City." In the History of Pune once the City was known as "Kasbe Pune".
Kasba Ganapati is Gram Devta of Pune. His temple is located in Kasba Peth. It was built in Shivaji Maharaj's reign. Lal Mahal the fortified residence of Shivaji was existed in Kasba Peth. Now a day we can see it's replica at adjacent to Shaniwarwada . Because of the oldest part of the City here is the existence of old residential complexes, "Wada (house)". Kasba Peth is mostly a residential area. A wide variety of shops surround Kasba Peth (Tambat Ali, Shimpi Ali, Vyavahar Ali, Bhoi Ali etc.) . It is well known for the Kumbhar Wada (area of earthen potmakers) and the Tambat Ali (area of brass/copper utensil manufacturers).
There is a story behind the Kasba Ganpati: Some children had brought cows there for grazing and found an idol of Ganapati. Then they colored this idol and started worshipping it. Shivaji Maharaj's mother Jijabai also visited the temple useally. Hence Dadoji Konddeo built a pendol in front of the idol where the Kasba Ganpati Temple is today.
The part of the Peth near to Mutha river is known as Kumbhar Wada (locality of the earthen pot makers). Skilled metal craftsmen (known as Otari) known for crafting utensils out of brass and copper also reside there.
Lal Mahal and Kasba Ganapati Temple, Twashta Kasar Kalika Devi Temple are some of the places of interest. Budhwar Peth (in the West), Rasta Peth (in the East), Raviwar Peth (in the South) and Shaniwar Peth (in the North) are the neighbour Peths of Kasba Peth.
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