Maharashtra / Pune · June 7, 2021

Shaniwar Wada in Pune

It was built-in year 1732 in the honor of Bajiro. This historical place called Shaniwar Wada was the seat of Peshwas of the Maratha empire. The overall architecture is made with the combination of bricks, lime, and stone in which the base is of stone and other parts are from bricks. Due to the invasion of the British East Indian Company, only the base which is made of stones remained and the bricks part were collapsed.

Shaniwar Wada burnt History

The Shaniwar Wada was the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire’s seven-story capital edifice. It was planned to be totally made of stone. But once the base floor or first storey was completed, the people of Satara (the national capital) objected to the Shahu (King). They claimied that only the Shahu (King) himself could authorize and build a stone monument, not the Peshwas. Following this, the Peshwas received an official letter declaring that the remaining structures must be made of brick rather than stone. Even today, if you go to the site and look at the walls closely, you’ll notice that they’re made partially of stone and partially of bricks. After being attacked by British artillery 90 years later, the top six levels of the Wada crumbled. Leaving only the stone base, which was impervious to British firepower.

Shaniwar Wada Architecture

On Saturday, January 10, 1730, Peshwa Baji Rao I, Chattrapati Shahu’s prime minister, laid the ceremonial foundation of his personal home. It is derived from the Marathi terms Shaniwar (Saturday) and Wada (Water) (a general term for any residence complex). Teak was taken in from Junnar’s jungles, stone was carried in from Chinchwad’s adjacent quarries, and lime (mineral) was carried in from Jejuri’s lime-belts. It was completed in 1732 at a total cost of Rs.16,110, which was a significant figure at the time.

Is Shaniwar Wada Haunted ?

Portrait of Narayan Rao
Portrait of Narayan Rao | Wikipedia

Numerous stories are related to this fort. Some of which consists about the Narayan Rao who was murdered by his uncle and aunt, Raghunath Rao and Anadi Bai. Finally, it was overthrown by the British East Indian Company in the year 1818. I am not sure, but got to know that the ghost of Narayan Rao still calls for help.

Shaniwar Wada Timings

Mon-Sun: 9:30AM – 5:00PM

How To Reach Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada is located 12 km from Pune Airport. It will take you around 15 minutes to get to this lovely palace. You may take a cab or an auto from the airport to the fort. It is the most convenient mode of transportation on this route.

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