Know your City: Juna Bazaarhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/know-your-city-juna-bazaar/

Know your City: Juna Bazaar

Established in: Early 20th Century,Located at: Maldhakka Chowk,Daily footfalls: Over 1,000 visitors.

As the name suggests,the market stocks everything ‘old’ which means ‘juna’ in Marathi. The place is heaven for an antique collector. From spectacles to magnifying glasses,coins dating back to the Peshwa era to gramophones and old cassettes to vinyl records,one can browse through a plethora of artifacts. The market is a narrow lane,created by hawkers setting up their stalls on the side of the road itself. The busy traffic on the road is matched with the crowd of visitors hustling each other to get by in the flea market,which is open on Wednesdays and Sundays. According to Pune-based historian M Balkawade,the bazaar was called Mangalwar Bazaar during the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, when it was held on Tuesdays. “But over a century ago,it was renamed as Juna Bazaar,” he adds.

A section of the market,towards the RTO gate,is dedicated to footwear,new and old. One can find a shiny pair of Nike,Adidas or any other branded sneakers,so close to the original that only an expert can tell the difference. Past this,there is the hardware section where you can find different types of iron tools. From hammers to wrenches,everything is covered with rust,but the hawkers promise to clean it up if you wish to purchase it. One can sight young visitors flocking around a spread on the floor that features gym tools such as dumbbells,weight stacks and bars among others. One can also find baggage,toys,sunglasses,second-hand mobile phones,old electronic items like television sets,radios,boomboxes and video game sets. Interestingly,clothes like T-shirts and track pants are also sold here. Several “10-rupee-stalls” are spread throughout the market,which sell items like toothbrushes,loofahs,soap dishes,bowls,cups,toys,pens,key chains,batteries,plastic bottles,mobile cases,cello-tape rolls,notebooks,pencil boxes,change purses and other items.