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.