Mahathma Phule Mandai

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Mahatma Phule market
Mahatma Phule market, Pune.jpg
LocationPune
Coordinates18°30′47″N 73°51′23″E / 18.512941°N 73.856298°E / 18.512941; 73.856298Coordinates: 18°30′47″N 73°51′23″E / 18.512941°N 73.856298°E / 18.512941; 73.856298
AddressShukrawar Peth, Pune
Opening date1882
OwnerPune Municipal Corporation
No. of stores and services8 wings and 1 central tower
Total retail floor area46,068.67 ft²
No. of floors1

Mandai Market officially known as Mahathma Phule Mandai (formerly Lord Reay Market) is the biggest vegetable market in Pune City, India. It is located in the old city of Pune in Shukrawar Peth. The market's main entrance is located on the road connecting Shanipar to Chhatrapati Shivaji Road, it has eight entrances.

Mahatma Phule Mandai Ganpati idol sitting on a swing with Goddess Sharada

History[edit]

In the early years of the British rule, an open air vegetable market used to be held outside the Shaniwar Wada. This shifted to an indoor place built by the Poona Municipality.The construction of the Gothic style building started in 1882 and took 4 years for completion. The Market was named after the then Governor of Bombay, Lord Reay, and served as a retail and wholesale market in addition to being the Municipal office. There was also an older market district called Tulshi Baug close to the vegetable market that sold a variety of household items.[1] [2] The market used to be a combined retail and wholesale trading place for produce.The wholesale market was moved to the outskirts of the city in the late 1970s to the newly built Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard at Gultekdi. The Municipal offices moved to a purpose built new building in the Shivajinagar area of the city many decades ago.

The building[edit]

The market building is designed in the Gothic style. The builders used masonry carved from the local grey stone. The structure is dominated by an 80 feet central, squat, octagonal tower. The tower is surrounded by a verandah with a tiled roof. This covers the ground and first floor. Four market wings housing the majority of the stalls radiate out from the ground floor verandah. The market is entered via gothic arches located at the ends of each of the wings. [3]

The market today[edit]

Today the market about 526 stalls of fruits and vegetables. It is always crowded because fruits and vegetable are available at lower cost than other places in the city, but is most crowded on weekends and holidays. The market has its own Ganesh Mandal for Ganesh Festival and is one of the oldest in Pune and Maharashtra. The proposed skywalk will run on four sides of the market.

Akhil Mandai Ganapati[edit]

This is the name of Mandai's Ganesh Mandal. This is one of the most important Ganesh Mandal in Pune. Almost all citizens from Pune and nearby towns and villages along with some from Mumbai visit the Mandal during Ganesh Festival. It has an idol of Lord Ganesha sitting on a swing with Goddess Sharada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shankar, V.K. and Sahni, R., 2012, November. Chinese Goods for Indian Gods. In Symposium on India-China Studies held at the University of Delhi (New Delhi) during (Vol. 2, p. 3).
  2. ^ Dastane, Sarang (6 October 2010). "Mahatma Phule Mandai completes 125 years". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ Mullen,, Wayne Thomas (2001). Deccan Queen: A Spatial Analysis of Poona in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Sydney,Australia: University of Sydney. School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. pp. 91–92.

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