Historical Mahatma Phule Market (Mandai)Historical places, Places — By Kadambari on February 22, 2010 at 6:19 PM
The decade year old market has been existent since the British era. Popular for selling fresh fruits and vegetables Mahatma Phule market is always buzzing with activities. The gothic structure of this Market which also goes by the name Mandai, is considered to be one of the best architectures of Pune.
The eight sided structure has eight different ways to gain access to the center of the market. This stone creation had several shops located at particular spots. The statue of Lokmanya Tilak positioned at the market adds to the historic element of the market.
The Mahatma Phule Market was build by British and had spent around 2 lakhs for the structure in those days. The stone structure was initially known as the Ray market until veteran journalist and then Congress councilor Acharya P K Atre; among others in 1940 proposed to rename it as Mahatma Phule market to offer tribute to social reformer Jyotiba Phule.
In the pre-Independence days, Mandai was a meeting spot for politicians and reformers to spread their political message among the masses. Being centrally located, it was a perfect point to initiate political campaigns and rallies.
Today there may not be any social meetings taking place there but large numbers of people are still thronging this market to fetch their daily requirements of vegetables and fruits at wholesale rates.
Grab fresh stock
Sunday observes maximum crowd at the Mandai with several people walk in to purchase their weekly stock of vegetables and fruits. This market is flooded with people during festivals as it offers various related decoration materials and other essential things required for holy rituals.
Located in the heart of Pune city, Mandai is a regular spot to visit for several citizens. The old are sure to have their special memories with this historic market while the new generation finds it a perfect stop to grab high quality things at reasonable rate.
Today an open market, Mandai has its own charm and significance. Mahatma Phule market is not only adored for its architectural beauty but also for the fact that it has several stores catering to various needs.