Shivajinagar, Pune

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Shivajinagar is an inner suburb of the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India.


शिवाजीनगर Bhamburde
Country India
TalukaPune City
 • TypePune Municipal Corporation
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
411 005
Vehicle registrationMH 12
Lok Sabha ConstituencyPune
Vidhan Sabha ConstituencyShivajinagar


The circular Nandi mandapa at the Pataleshwar cave temple built in the Rashtrakuta era
Vetal hill from Law College

The area has a very long history with the 8th century Rashtrakuta era cave temple of Pataleshwar being the oldest man made structure in Pune.[1]

Shivajinagar was earlier known as Bhambwade. Later it came to known as Bhamburde.[2] During the Peshwa era, a factory making handcrafted paper operated from Bhamburde, It is believed that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj came to the temple of Rokdoba in the village and rested in Shirole Wada of Shirole family.[3]

During the Maratha Empire era and British era, the Patil (Head/Cheif) of the Village were the Shiledar Shirole (Patil) family (शिलेदार शिरोळे-पाटील घराणे) who also were Shiledar (Warriors) in the Maratha army, Shirole family is now a very well known Political family.

In the 19th century, Jangali Maharaj, a saint revered mostly by Hindus, established his residence here. His memorial temple (Samadhi) is located in the area and the major road in Shivajinagar is named after him.

In 1884, the Inamdar of Bhamburde, Shrimant Rajaram Naroji Shirole Patil leased 37 acres of land at the foot of Hanuman hill for 99 years to the Deccan Education Society. The society's most well known institution, Fergusson College was built on this land.[4]

After independence, the name of Bhamburde was changed to Shivajinagar.[citation needed] In early part of the 20th century, one of the oldest slums in Pune called Wadarwadi, initially occupied mostly by the nomadic Wadar community came into being on unused lands of the Shirole, Bahirat families close to the Chaturshrungi Temple.[2]:42

In 1928, a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was inaugurated on the grounds given by the Shirole family. The Shri Shivaji military preparatory school was later built in the surrounding area, All the lands here were owned by Shiledar Shirole (Patil) family and some by Bahirat Patil family which were later used for various developmental plans in this area, The Noble Shirole and Bahirat families are considered as the most oldest families living in Shivajinagar Pune.


A scene on the Riverbank on the Mutha river at Shivajinagar in the 1980s

Shivajinagar is situated on the West bank of the Mutha river with the older parts of Pune on the east side of the river. The area is surrounded on its Western side by the Vetal and Hanuman Hills. The village deity (Gramdaivat) is the temple of Rokdoba (God Hanuman) in Shivajinagar Gaothan. The Gaothan also has a temple of God Shri Ram.


Shivajinagar bus stand
College of Engineering, Pune (COEP)

The MumbaiPune old national highway begins from Shivajinagar which links Pune to Mumbai. MSRTC lt operates a bus station that connects Pune to almost all cities in Maharashtra as well in neighboring states. Shivajinagar is well connected to other parts of the city by local PMPML buses. Shivajinagar has Shivajinagar railway station. Pune to Lonavla suburban trains and few long-distance trains make a stop here at Shivajinagar and Pune railway stations.


Balgandharv Rang Mandir theatre

The area is home to many central, state and local government offices. These include

Educational Institutions[edit]

The area has a number of renowned educational institutions with a long history such as Fergusson college,Modern College of Arts, Commerce and Science Shivajinagar,College of engineering and agricultural college.

Universities and Colleges[edit]


Places of interest[edit]

Shivajinagar has many places dedicated to culture, religion, sports, shopping, eating out, and recreation. The area is popular for its many eateries, and cafes, especially with younger generation.

Places of worship[edit]

  • Ajitnath Jain Temple[7]
  • Pataleshwar Caves
  • Rokdoba Temple
  • Shri Ram Temple
  • Jangli Maharaj Tomb (Samadhi) Temple
  • Chaturshrungi Temple
  • Vetal Temple

Museums, parks, sports, and theater[edit]

  • Mahatma Phule Museum of Industry.
  • Bal Gandharva Ranga Mandir - The premier theatre in Pune for staging Marathi drama.
  • Deccan Gymkhana - Oldest Sports Club and Housing Society in the area.
  • Chhatrapati Sambhaji Park - Park along the Mutha river bank.
  • Vetal Hill and Hanuman Hill - Protected nature reserves on hills.
  • City Pride Mangala Cinema Theatre.
  • City Pride Theatre and Mall.
  • Rahul 70 mm Cinema Theatre
  • E-Square Theatre and Mall.


  • The Pavilion Mall.
  • Pune Central Mall.
  • Shoppers Stop - the oldest Pune branch (2001)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ P.P. JOGLEKAR, SUSHAMA G. DEO, PANDURANG BALAKAWADE, ARATI DESHPANDE-MUKHERJEE, S.N. RAJAGURU and AMOL N. KULKARNI Bulletin of the Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute Vol. 66/67 (2006-2007), pp. 211-225 Published by: Vice Chancellor, Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute (Deemed University), Pune Page Count: 15
  2. ^ a b Ratna N. Rao (1990). Social Organisation in an Indian Slum: Study of a Caste Slum. Mittal Publications. pp. 41–45. ISBN 978-81-7099-186-1.
  3. ^ Ghori, S.A.K.; Rahman, A. (4 October 1966). "Paper Technology in Medieval India" (PDF). Indian Journal of History of Science. pp. 133–149. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ Limaye, P.M., 1935. History of the Deccan Education Society, 1880-1935. MK Joshi, Secretary, Deccan Education Society, Poona.
  5. ^ [1],College of Agriculture, Pune.
  7. ^ Mary Whitney Kelting; Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies M Whitney Kelting (2001). Singing to the Jinas: Jain Laywomen, Maṇḍaḷ Singing, and the Negotiations of Jain Devotion. Oxford University Press. pp. 3–5. ISBN 978-0-19-514011-8.

External links[edit]

  1. Shivajinagar bus stand Time Table
  2. Shivajinagar, Pune
  3. Shivajinagar Railway Station