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The Marvelous Fort of Pune – Shaniwar Wada

16 Sep

Shaniwar Wada is a legendary fort located in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. It was built in 1746 and served as the ruling seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire till 1818. While most part of the fort was destroyed in 1828 by a brutal fire, the remaining structure is now maintained by the government as a tourist site. Tourist visits this place due to the elegant architecture and craftsmanship.

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Delhi Gate entrance at Shaniwar Wada in Pune

This magnificent fort is unique in itself. It has many gates, fortified walls with bastions and court halls. It is a seven storied structure that reflects its beauty very well. The main gate of the fort is known as Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate) and the other popular gates are Mastani Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganehs Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. The Mastani Darwaja was used by Mastani, second wife of Peshwa Baji Rao I. He later built a separate palace called the Mastani Mahal (previous post) for her. The walls of the palace fort were full of paintings especially the scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Narayan Darwaja at Shaniwar Wada

Narayan Darwaja at Shaniwar Wada

A glamorous 16 petal lotus shaped fountain stands in the complex of the fort, shows the exquisite work of those times. It was basically constructed for the pleasure of the infant Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao. Each petal of the fountain has sixteen jets with an eighty foot arch. It is said to be the most complex fountain created at that time.

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Lotus Petal Shaped Fountain

This historic fort was once a residential area of 1,000 people. Other important buildings in the palace include the Thoraiya Rayancha Diwankhana, Naachacha Diwankhana and Juna Arsa Mahal. After the fire, only the living areas are available. The above said buildings have been designed and constructed by many well-known artisans, including Shivaram Krishna, Devaji, Kondaji Sutar, Morarji Patharwat Bhojraja and Ragho.

Ruins inside Shaniwar Wada

Ruins inside Shaniwar Wada

One can also enjoy the light and sound show available there, especially in the evening. So, during the tour of Maharashtra, this fort must be placed in the itinerary.

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12 responses to “The Marvelous Fort of Pune – Shaniwar Wada

  1. Sonnja

    September 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful fort photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

     
  2. Marko

    September 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Great blog that shows a very interesting place.
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  3. Harsha

    September 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I really didn’t knew about this and I am planning a trip to Mumbai and Pune this December and from your Blog I guess I will have a nice list to visit..Thanks for Sharing.. 🙂

     
  4. Shakti Ghosal

    September 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I was in Pune only last month but was unaware of this fort. Your post has surely raised my curiosity so need to see it next time.

    Shakti

     
  5. Pat

    September 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    What a wonderful tour of these impressive historic ruins. The lotus fountain is really amazing.

     
  6. ventisqueras

    September 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

    sono veramente lieta di poter vedere e conoscere tante ed interessanti ed affascinanti luoghi della tua terra e apprenderne la storia
    grazie
    abbi una buona giornata

    I am really pleased to see and learn about many interesting and fascinating sights of your land and learn the history
    Thank you
    have a good day
    Ventis

     
  7. frizztext

    September 18, 2013 at 5:12 am

    wonderful: the Lotus Petal Shaped Fountain!

     
  8. lolaWi

    September 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    the lotus petal shaped fountain is one of a kind! it must be extraordinary when the water fountain is on! great photos and great wealth of information. thanks for sharing!

     

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