Pune Facts – historical and architectural beauty!

Pune, arguably one of the best cities to live in is not only the city for youth but also has it’s own historical values. After successfully defining beauty of Pune in our previous posts, here we are with these facts about Pune which will make you proud.

  • The Ambil Odha, on which the Upper and Lower Katraj dam were built for drinking water purpose, used to flow all along what is present day Bajirao Road and meet the Mutha river near the Amruteshwar Mandir in Shaniwar Peth. Nanasaheb Peshwe diverted its course by damming it near Sarasbaug.

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  • Pune has not 1, but 4 underground aqueducts. The most famous being the one from Katraj to Shaniwar Wada. This system consisted of some 18 houds. Others are from Ambegaon to Sadashiv Peth Houd. Others being from Kondhwa to Shukrawar Peth and Wanorie to Rasta peth/Somwar Peth.These were built by Nana Phadanvis, Rupram Chowdhary and Sardar Raste respectively. The most famous was built by Nanasaheb Peshwe.



  • Pune was a city of 18 Peths. Two of the original 18 are now merged into other peths- these being Nihal Peth (merged into Rasta and Somwar peth) and Peth Narsimhapura(Merged into Sadashiv Peth. Named after the Laxmi Narsimha Mandir opposite Pune Vidyarthi Gruha)
  • Pune’s numerous Maruti temples actually represent the boundary of a peth. It is customary to have a Maruti temple at the boundary of a settlement, and as such, each peth is marked by its particular Maruti temples- and hence their relatively small size.

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  • Maruti names in Pune are unique and each has a story assisted with it. Some that are at the top of my head are:
    • Sonya Maruti- Located in an area dominated by sarafs or jewellers, hence Sonya Maruti
    • Patrya Maruti- Was initially in a small tin shed (Patra) hence Patrya maruti.
    • Jilbya Maruti- A nearby sweet merchant used to offer a garland of jalebis to the idol hence the name.


  • There is a temple dedicated to Narad in Pune. This is located at Madiwale Colony, near Ranapratap Udyan.


  • Like Vishrambag Wada, there were Budhwar Wada and Shukrawar Wada which were residence of the Peshwa. These were probably deliberately, or accidentally, burnt down in British times.


  • The Khunya Murlidhar temple is so named, because when it opened, there was a clash here between the britishers and the Arab guards sent on duty to protect the temple. Around hundred people were killed here, hence the name.


  • The Shivaji Bridge- opposite Shaniwar wada has two distinct types of arches- The central one of the original design is of a Bijapur style design. Others are curved arches of British style.


  • There is a huge collection of Classical Music Bandishes and other archives at Mujumdar Wada in Kasba Peth. However, entry is restricted.
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  • The Peshwa Bakhar – Peshwa diaries are kept at Nana Wada in Budhwar Peth.