Have you ever imagined what if feels like to live in a mansion?
Then you should certainly visit one of the close examples of the finest places.
Shaniwar Wada one of the seats of the Peshawar governance in Pune is about 268 years old, and it is one of the most beautiful structures in the city with an architectural fine structure and it is also a very large spacing for tourist attractions in Maharashtra.
The huge Mansion was owned and constructed by the Peshawar Bajirao, he always did try to take care of it.
If you try to wonder how large in size and voluminous the land capacity for the mansion is, well it covers an area of 625 acres very much the total and entire spacing of the whole city you will be wowed by the excitement of all the spacing the trails, the faults, and the fountains.
It has a special finesse that has always attracted tourists
Located there is also the statue of Bajirao, situated right in front of the entrance to the palace.
At a particular time in 1828 as it was written that an unnoticed fire had caught up with the mansion and destroyed it to an unrecognizable state, although this is not factual and settling down for it remains tremendous and uncertain.
It was exactly the way it seemed because it was not well taken care of and this led to its dilapidated state but the truth is that it is one of the last and the best testimonies of the grandeur and also the just rule of the Peshawas.
The old blocks of Punes is not looking good but remain at it best, it is extremely disorganized and not too good looking to be impressed by how it aligns itself.
If you are looking out to find one of the oldest marketplaces, then, you should try visiting the Shaniwar Wada, there you would find the oldest markets such as the Tulshibaug, Laxmi road Ravivar Peth, etc.
Certainly there were tales of the people, it is said that once it was full moon at night the fort of the mansion is haunted by the ghost of the former Peshqa King narayana Rao because he was murdered in the palace by his aunt and uncle, their names were Anandi and Raghunathrao.
There is actually no evidence that says she was murdered there by her Uncle and Aunt so it could actually be a mixed historical fact as to validate the data of uncertainty but there was certainly a firm romance between the Peshwas Bajirao and Mastani Sahiba.
One amongst the gates in the mansion was named after her.
In the 18th century shaniwar wada fort was built by bajirao he was the prime Minister to the maratha ruler chhatrapati Sahu.
There was controversy arising about the construction of the site on the mountain as the people disregarded the idea of a prime minister building the structure and not a directive and order from the King it was initially supposed to be a seven-story stone structure but after the completion of the first base there was a lot of crying and people began to wonder why the Prime Minister was in fact in responsibility for the building so following this particular controversy it was finally decided that the remaining of the structure should be constructed in bricks and not stone, After a while, the construction was completed, the Shaniwar wada was a success but it turns out that it wasn’t going to be long-lasting, as horrifying as the clash came when the British artillery visited and attacked the story building 90 years after it’s uplift and collapsed it,
The entire building was brought to ruin, only the stone ground floor survived the damages. The place also on the 27th of February in 1828, there was a fire outbreak and fire raced the entire place and brought the palace of the grand stoney remains to ruin, the reels in the building alongside a few strong teak gateways was down with it.
The ceremonial declaration of the Shaniwar Wada will be commemorated on a Saturday January 10th in 1730 by the Peshwa Bajirao as a ceremonial opening for the shaniwar wada
The palace was named after the Marathi words shanawa meaning “Saturday” and Wada meaning ” a residential opening.
The teak for the construction were brought from the jungles of Junnar;
Also, lime was gotten from the lime belts of jejuri and stones were gotten from the queries of Chinchwad. This was a costly project structure as at that time.
It was an INR 16,110: a large sum of money as of that time.
The building plan was developed over time, with several additions that were made such as the fortified walls which was held with gates and bastions, Fountains, reservoirs and also Court halls.
The painting was especially collected from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, it was covered in beautiful Persian rugs and the floors were made of marble they were nice teak doorways scattered all over the fort.
The palace has five gates such as the Darwaza gates , Khidi gates, Ganpati gate, Narayan iron gate and the mastani gate. It also comprises of 9 bastion towers regarding complex and a garden complex this was a square fit perimeter, there was also talks about religion, you would realise that the best was housed by a gigantic statue of Lord Ganesha
Who found located and the surrounding the 16 petal lotus shape fountains indicating their exquisite artistic works of those days how so you find canyons cannons there is actually a Canon at the entrance and one also within the complex.
If you want to talk about religion, the Sharna Wada played a significant role, you, most religious functions were in place. Here you would find out that the complex was housed by a gigantic statue of Lord Ganesha
A fountain is located in the surrounding, the 16 petal lotus shape fountains indicating their exquisite artistic works of those days.
Also you will find cannons, there is usually a Canon at the entrance and one also within the complex.
The shaniwar wada was known for suggestive ghost stories
The tourists who visit The town in Maharashtra often spoke of it haunted stories in fact it is one of the most haunted places in the country the difference between peshwa narayan Rao and his uncle raghunath Rao was widespread with the intense conception of words that created the scene between the two, whereby raghunath Rao sent a message “go to get hold of narayan Rao” which simply means *hold narayan Rao* but meanwhile before the message could be delivered to the guards of raghunath Rao, his wife Anandibai changed it to “Narayanan Rao la Mara” which in turn responds as destructive means “Kill Narayanan Rao”, but it turned out that it was Peshwa that later died.
He was found crying all about the fort screaming
” Kaka mala vachva” which means ” uncle save me “
This place has been a haunted spot for spirits up till now and he is still said to have been moving around asking his uncle to save him, the Indwellers also confirmed the fact that he was always crying at night. *Shaniwar Wada Light And Sound Show*
In The Grace Of The History Of The Shaniwar Wada
Light and Sound show was set up to educate and inform the entire Indwellers and visiting tourists about the history of the times of is existence
This show was set up every day as a recurring event every evening with a total cost of INR 1.25
The Marathi starts by 7:15 PM. and ends at 8:10 PM.
The English story English show usually starts at 8:15 PM. to 9:10 PM. The price of the ticket is INR 25 per person.
The tickets were often bought 6:30 PM to be sold between the hours of 6:30 PM. to 8:30 PM. and there were no special seats as you have to buy on the spot.
Also The Shaniwar Wada Timings and Entry Fee
This was placed at a cost of 5 INR per head, the show starts from 8:00 AM. to 6:30 PM.
Indians pay 5 INR
While the foreigners pay 125 INR, this has no connection with the entry fee for light and sound show.
Here are some tips for visiting Shaniwar Wada
Try to visit when it is less crowded because the temperature is often souring at these times.
Try not to visit April and May so as to get a free movement
You can wear good shoes so you have clear movement because the parts are not straight,
The rough edges are not suitable for disabled ones or kids.
There are no food and water in the complex hence you should bring water along.
In preference, you’re expected to visit in the early hours of the morning or on the late hours of the evening, so that you can get the best out of the trip.
How do you reach to Shaniwar Wada
You would find the right kind of transportation in the centre of Pune.
There are various modes of transportation such as buses and taxis so you’re sure to get to your destination.
We have the Darshan buses that were launched by the (Pune Municipal Corporation).