Shaniwarwada, Pune

Shaniwarwada is an iconic building of my city….. Pune. Built in 1746, this building was the official residence of the Peshwa, the ministers of the Maratha kingdom. It is a world heritage site…… and a landmark for the city of Pune…. more details about its history here.

When I think of putting one picture to represent Pune it would be this building. A lot of stories lurk around the corners of this building. Stories of love hate betrayal. Even today it is an adventure to a small child to explore the nooks and crannies and secret passageways in this building. My favorite part of the building is without doubt the Mastani mahal. It is very easy to get lost in the beauty of this building. The building was burnt down in 1828. You still can see traces of the burn in some parts of the building. The original structure had beautiful paintings depicting the mahabharata, which were burnt down in the fire. Some traces of the painting can still be seen in some parts of the entrance or the Dilli Darwaza.

I have spent a lot of my childhood visiting the wada or building. A favorite of mine and a must visit for any tourist.

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    GingerV March 31, 2014

    oh, this is beautiful a destination all on its own. Made me want to buy a ticket and pack my bags. great story that you have shared and the photos excellent.<br />

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    Pauline March 30, 2014

    That is a very impressive place. I really like how you showcased it. I think the first photo is my favourite, the people seem dwarfed by even the door.

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    Doreen Bates Zakem March 29, 2014

    a very interesting building for sure. the photo with the spikes is a bit scary! great post for this weeks theme.

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    emiliopasquale March 29, 2014

    Amazing building. I would love to visit it one day!

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    Ruth Kelly March 29, 2014

    I am not sure where Pune is located but I found your history of the building fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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