Bindu Chowk, the center of historical events in Kolhapur
There was a big pipal tree near the gate of the Raviwar Veshi. There was a very unused hospice nearby.
The place was known as raviwar par. The municipality demolished the hospice and spaced the space. The weekly market where began to fill up at this place.
There was more trade in chillis and blankets. The goat market was also took place for some time. After that, private passenger transport stands were established.
Then the petrol pump started. Now the area was known as Adit Ware Wes, Raviwar Wes.
Raviwar Veshi "रविवार वेशी"
Until 1935 that there was no road towords the statue of Aisaheb Maharaj from raviwar ves. The road from Shivaji Statue to Raviwar Wes was known as Wilson Road. J. P. Nike paved a new road north from raviwar ves.
It got merged towards Science College, Shahu Talkies. To the front of raviwar veshi Bagwan, Dhor and Bhoi streets takes place. The leather-making industry used to run in streets.
Nalwale Bagwan’s house was at the corner of Bagwan street. In front of their house was an iron water tap with a mouth of three cows. So he became known as a nalwale bagwan.
Shamrao Rane’s Manmohan Hotel was in his building. Upstairs was Dr. Tembe’s dispensary. It was the hospital of the son of veteran harmonium player Govindrao Tembe.
There was a municipal school in the area. In front there was a Bhusari Wada. The city highschool where used to take place in that wada. There was an old jail nearby (Todays known Khadi Gramoudyog).
School number two was renamed as Rangrao Salukhe Vidyalaya. The houses of Supreme Court Justice VG Chavan and senior Labor leader Yashwant Chavan were in the same area.
Bindu Chowk "बिंदू चौक"
The ‘Leave India’ movement was called by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942. Dissatisfaction with the British rule began to manifest itself throughout the country. In the city of Kolhapur, there were already some open and some underground movements that complemented the freedom movement.
August 15, 1942 is the day of Nagpanchami. The students had organized a meeting in a Khasbag Maidan that day. Senior leader Yashwant Chavan delivered the speech.
A squad of cavalry police was arranged to control the meeting. Police stopped the meeting and ordered the students to go to their respective homes. But no one obeyed this order.
Police then tried to demonish the meeting and clear the aresa. This created tension in the atmosphere.
The police started beating. The students also started throwing stones. There was a big chase. A schoolboy’s head was smashed in a cane near the corner of nearby Bagwan Street.
The student was in a pool of blood in front of Abbas Dadabhai Bagwan’s house. The schoolboy was taken to a government hospital.
But he had already died. His funeral took place on the next day, August 16. The whole city came to the streets. The funeral procession came to the Raviwar Veshi and someone put up a banner on the bastion of the Raviwar Veshi ‘Bindu Narayan Chowk’ and from that day onwards the name of the Raviwar veshi became Bindu Chowk.
But till this date, no ones seen the photograph of Bindu Narayan Kulkarni. After this, Bindu Chowk were started to used for public meeting.
On December 9, 1950, Dr. A bust of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule was situated in this chowk. The statue was inaugurated by the people of Karveer. Bhai Madhavrao Bagal was the chairman of the statue committee.
Then on October 17, 1960, a Hutatma pillar was situated in the chowk. The Pillar was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Yashwantrao Chavan. At that time. P. Pawar was the mayor.
On this pillar Karveer Siddhaya Swami, Shankarrao Ingle, Narayan Daji Warke, Hariba Benade, Tukaram Ramji Bharmal, Mallappa Chowgule, Parashuram Krishna Salukhe, Narasu Parit, Mahadev Sutar, Anna Ramgonda Patil, Nivruti Gopal Adurkar, Shankar Gopal Potdar, Balwant Jabde, Carpenter, Maruti Krishna Aglave, Kallappa Putal, Ganapati Hari More, Gopal Balwant Farakte, Bindu Narayan Kulkarni, Gopal Krishna Teli alias Kshirsagar are the names of the martyrs of the freedom struggle. . .
Political rallies at Bindu Chowk have been banned for a few days now but its identity as Bindu Chowk as the central chowk of Kolhapur remains.