Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pune trivia

Pune, a city in India (where I have lived for 20+years), has several peths. A peth, a word in the Marathi language, roughly translates to a locality.

Each peth has a name,

some are named after people, e.g., Narayan Peth, Sadashiv Peth, Nana Peth, Rasta Peth,

some are based on a temple located in the locality, e.g., Kasba Peth, Ganesh Peth, Bhawani Peth

and seven of them are named according to the day of the week---Raviwar (Sunday) Peth, Somwar (Monday) Peth, Mangalwar (Tuesday) Peth, Budhwar Peth (Wednesday), Guruwar (Thursday) Peth, Shukrawar (Friday) Peth, and Shaniwar (Saturday) Peth.

Any guesses why these peths were named after days of the week?

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P.S.: Businesses in different localities/peths would be open for business on different days of the week. Hence each one of them got their names based on the respective day of business.

The practice of markets/businesses open on a single day of the week still exists in villages in Karnataka (maybe also true in general for rural India).

8 comments:

Maruthi Ramesh Nallapati said...

because all the days of week have the word "war" (as in somwar) in them, which maratha warriors loved very much!

tejal said...

pa, u are having a field day with pjs aren't u?
is it because there used to be like a bazaar (market) at each one of these places on those particular days?

Purushottam said...

@Tejal---yes, businesses in different localities/peths would be open for business on different days of the week. Hence each one of them got their names based on the respective day of business.

@Pa---did not know the Maratha warriors were taking lessons in English :)

Anonymous said...

Pa,
Bahut gande maar raha hai aaj tu! Thoda control kar apne aap ko. :)

Suddu

neil said...

so Budhwar Peth was open only once a week? It would be interesting to study the socio-cultural effects of this.. Puruman, howz your work coming along today?
Come to think of it, Ware wolfs have a similar cycle..

Purushottam said...

A link to origins of a few peths is here.

Budhwar Peth : [Established During 1703]

For some period Pune was ruled by the Delhi's Badshah Aurangzeb. When Aurangzeb attacked Pune at that time he had inhabited Budhwar Peth in the year 1660. In his era this Peth was known as 'Mohitabad' / 'Moheyabad'. Thorale Madhavrao Peshwa made developments and renamed it as Budhwar Peth when they got the Power in thier hand. 'Vishram baugh Wada', 'Belbaugh' and 'Gramdevat Jogeshwari' are the historical proofs of Budhawar Peth. It is said that when Shivaji got married to Saibai, first they gave visit to Gramdevat Jogeshwari. Today it is a business area particularly for electrical goods market. Some of the famous Places over here are Ganesh Temple, Shri Jogeshwari Temple, N.M.V High School, Laxmi road.

neil said...

Typical Pune Bhatji answer. Are we afraid to even talk about reality?
There is more to life than Schools, Temples and historical proofs built by Peshwas :)

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