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Shaniwar Wada Palace in Pune- a historical fort
Shaniwada Wad is an old palace in Pune and is a proud of the Maratha Empire. Everyday huge numbers of tourists visit this place due to its attractive feature. It was once a jackpot of politics and culture and the tall building with its ancient architecture takes us back to that time period. The age of Shaniwar Wada Palace is more than 286 years. Being a historical palace it possess a great ancient past. The fort was once a dream palace of Baji Rao and Kashi. It was built in the year 1732 over a land of 625 arches and was regarded as the capital building of the Maratha Empire. After the third war of Panipat, the Peshaws lost it to the British rulers. Over the centuries it has survived many military attacks and now we could see only the left out parts. The Asmani Mahal and the warehouse survived a fire in 1812. In this regard many documents and artifacts were destroyed. If ever you are in Pune then you must visit this place, the reason of which is mentioned below:
It is an architectural masterpiece which is almost in ruins and is known for its architecture in the history of India. There is a main gate that is called the Dilli gate and is composed of huge pikes for protecting the palace against any military attacks. The popular five doors of the fort was once caught in fire, but still survived. The other gates include the Ganapati gate, Narayana gate and Mastani gate. Huge number of stairways are there leading to empty halls. The bastions and the pillars have been carved with intricate designs. A few of small cannons have been preserved by the responsible authorities over time. The thousand fountain jets is a must see, the shape of which resembles 16 petal lotus. Another most attractive feature of the fort is the beautiful gardens where you can spend a peaceful time alone or with family.
Shaniwar Wada, a Haunted palace in Pune
Apart from its beautiful nature, the palace is believed to be most haunted palace in the locality. According to history, Narayan Rao, the fifth Peshwan ruler was viciously killed by the guards of the fort. His uncle sent a message to Narayan informing him to hold but on the way his wife changed the letter that was being said to the guards. In the letter it was written to kill Narayan Rao. And thus at night the guards murdered him. And he ran all around the palace shouting for uncle to save him while the guards were chasing him. It is a rumor that the spirit of the king haunts the palace. It is said that on full moon nights a male voice is heard crying and shouting asking his uncle to save him.
What to see
Since most of the fort buildings were destroyed in fire, only some parts survived and are left for us. Only the following features are available to visit, others are only history and scholarly descriptions.
- The hazari karanji, a fountain in lotus shape which was designed to impress little Peshwa Madhavrao
- The five gates that include Dilli Darwaja, Mastani, Khirki, Ganesh and Jambhul Darwaja
- The nine bastion forts with a garden complex that stands in Kasba Peth near Mula Mutha river
- At the main entrance there is s statue of the Peshwa Baji Rao that seems to welcome visitors.
- You can spot a light and sound show at the Shaniwar Wada Palace that serves as a source of education for the general mass. The 55 minutes show starts in the evening including Marathi and English shows. The ticket cost is 25 INR and it can be purchased between 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening every day. The Marathi show starts from 7:15 p.m and the English show starts after one hour.
Entering the Shaniwar Wada Palace is not free and levy a fees of five rupees to one hundred twenty five rupees based on national and international tourist. The palace remains opened on every days of the week from 8 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening.