Budhwar Peth, Pune

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Budhwar Peth
बुधवार पेठ
Budhwar Peth is located in Maharashtra
Budhwar Peth
Budhwar Peth
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°31′01″N 73°51′29″E / 18.517°N 73.858°E / 18.517; 73.858Coordinates: 18°31′01″N 73°51′29″E / 18.517°N 73.858°E / 18.517; 73.858
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Pune
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 411 0xx
Telephone code 91(20)
Vehicle registration MH 12

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.[1]


For some period, Pune was ruled by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb of Delhi. When Aurangzeb attacked Pune, he inhabited Budhwar Peth in 1660.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[2]


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[citation needed] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b Renitha Raveendran (25 Jun 2009). "Business shrinking, Budhwar Peth sex workers turn to part-time jobs". Indian Express. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012. 
  2. ^ Salil Urunkar (11 Jul 2011). "PMC to revive nation's first girl school started by Savitribai Phule". Pune. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012. 

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