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Introduction   It is the 8th largest metropolis in India  The name Pune derives from Punya Nagari meaning “The City of Virtue” in Sanskrit  It is situated on the Deccan Plateau at the confluence point of the Mula and Mutha rivers  Today, Pune is known for its educational facilities and relative prosperity 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


Heritage   Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra, and the notional seat of the Marathi language  It was once the center of power of the Maratha Empire  Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire lived there as a boy  Old Pune city is divided into 17 peths since the Maratha rule 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


NDA   The National Defence Academy is located in Khadakwasla near Pune  NDA alumni have led and fought in every major conflict in which the India Army has been called to action since the academy was established

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Pune Culture   Pune is Maharashtra's cultural capital and the form of Marathi spoken in Pune is considered to be the standard form of the language  The city is known for various cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theater, sports, and literature  Due to a large student population, Pune also hosts many youth festivals

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Ganesh Chathurthi   It was in Pune in 1894 that Lokmanya Tilak initiated the concept of the communal celebration of the festival of Lord Ganesha  The 10 day festival culminates during the month of August or September each year with a carnival like procession to finally immerse (Visarjan) it in the local rivers 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


Religion - Hinduism   The Chaturshringi goddess is the reigning deity of the city of Pune and a temple is dedicated to her  In September there is a huge procession for the Navaratris and people flock in to visit and receive blessings of the Goddess  Another famous temple is the Parvati Temple, located on a hill in Pune 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


The Jewish Community   Pune was also home to a considerable population of the Indian Jewish Community, the Bene Israel  It is home to Asia's largest Synagogue (outside Israel), The Ohel David Synagogue (Popularly called Lal Deval - the Red Temple )

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People for Animals   People for Animals was founded in 1994 by Pritish Nandy and Maneka Gandhi, convinced that India needed a people's movement to stop cruelty towards animals  It has changed the lives of hundreds of animals in Pune and has conducted more than 30 animal rescue operations in 1 year 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


AFMC   The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is a premier medical college in India  It is among the top 3 medical colleges in the country, located in Pune Cantonment  The college is managed by the Indian Armed Forces

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Cantonment   Also known as Pune Camp, is a military cantonment located in Pune, Maharashtra in India  It was established in 1918 for accommodating troops of the British Indian Army  The headquarter of Indian Army's Southern Command is located in Pune Cantonment

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M G Road   Cantonment is also known for its many shopping locations like MG Road and East Street  Every weekend from 5 to 9pm, the road is cordoned off and no vehicles are allowed, making it a pedestrian area popularly known as Walking Plaza. But now it is stopped  Recently, it was made into a WiFi zone so that people on the road can access the Internet 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


Koregaon Park   The area is often viewed as the most posh place in the city of Pune, and is primarily a residential area with lush green scenery  This area has the famous German Bakery, where on 13 February 2010 a terrorist attack took place in this area on German Bakery

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Fergusson College   Fergusson College (FC) is a degree college founded in 1885 by the Deccan Education Society and at that time was the first privately governed college in India  It is named after Sir James Fergusson, the Governor of Bombay, who donated a then princely sum of Rs 1,200

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Automobiles   Pune is one of the premier industrial centers of India  It is home to one of the worlds 3 largest 2 wheeler manufacturers, Bajaj auto  The industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad, is dotted with over 4000 manufacturing units.

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Magarpatta City   Magarpatta is a self-contained residential cum Industrial / Corporate settlement spanning over 700 Acres of land. It is situated along the Pune - Solapur Highway in Pune  Its award winning design and eco friendly construction made it the first such settlement in India to receive the ISO 9001 Certification

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Spirituality - Osho   The spiritual teacher Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) resided and taught in Pune during the 1970s and 1980s.  The Osho International Meditation Resort is located in the Koregaon Park area.

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Festivals   In December Pune hosts the Sawai Gandharva music festival for 3 consecutive days which is dedicated to the classical forms of music — both Hindustani and Carnatic  The Shaniwarwada Dance Festival has seen great performances by Pt. Birju Maharajji and Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra with his son and daughter in law 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


Literature and Theatre   Marathi Theatre is an integral part of Marathi culture. Both Experimental and Professional Theatre — receive whole-hearted patronage from the Marathi community  Tilak Smarak Mandir, Bala Gandharva Rangmandir etc. continue to serve these art forms 'All copyrights @ FRDC Pvt Ltd. Unauthorized use is prohibited'


Architechture ď‚– ď‚™ Apart from its various temples, other historical attractions in and around Pune include the rock-cut Pataleshwar cave temple, Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwarwada, Lal Mahal, Shinde Chhatri and Sinhagad fort

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Food   Pune has a variety of foods and cuisines.  Some of the preparations are very peculiar to the city  Bhakri-pitla, Dabeli, Wada pav, Misal pav, Bhakarwadi, Mastani milkshake

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Student Life   Pune has more than a hundred educational institutes and nine universities, and has acquired a reputation as "The Oxford of the East”  Pune has more schools, colleges and universities than any other city in the world.

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Pune Nightlife   Pune is becoming a good party destination with people from multinational cultures flocking to Pune  Discos, pubs and bars are becoming common in Pune

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Metamorphosis   Pune is a city, which signifies "youthfulness and enthusiasm" at its best  With the fast increasing number of migrants from other parts of India, the city is one of the fastest growing urban areas in India

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Then and Now ď‚–

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Industries in Pune ď‚–

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Recent Developments   In 1998 work on the six-lane Mumbai-Pune expressway began; the expressway being completed in 2001  IT Parks have been established in Aundh, Hinjawadi and on Nagar Road  In 2008 the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Pune

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