Budhwar Peth, Pune
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Budhwar Peth (Marathi: बुधवार पेठ) is one of many commercial localities in the old city of Pune, India. The area has a high number of electronics shops and materials, also its famous as love area (with rates as low as 300 per hour, but not sure about hygiene) and the heart of the city. Three out of the five important ganesh mandals (Manache Ganpati) i.e. Jogeshwari Ganpati, Guruji Talim Mandal, Tulshibaug Ganpati are located here, as is Appa Balwant Chowk, known as ABC, which is a crossroads famous for its bookshops and popular with students. The main attraction of Budhwar Peth is Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati.
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. Tulshibag, Belbaugh and Gramdevata Jogeshwari are the historical proofs of Budhawar Peth.
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 very huge with 4000-plus commercial sex workers.
- Salil Urunkar (11 Jul 2011). "PMC to revive nation's first girl school started by Savitribai Phule". Pune. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012.
- Renitha Raveendran (25 Jun 2009). "Business shrinking, Budhwar Peth sex workers turn to part-time jobs". Indian Express. Retrieved 10 Mar 2012.
- Pune City Guides - Information about Pune City
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