THE PALACE OF THE PESHWA
“You can check out anytime you like,
But you can never leave”
The seat of the Maratha empire from 1730 to 1818, the Shaniwar Wada is a very important place in Indian history. Built by the Peshwas of the Maratha King , this palace fort has nearly been destroyed completely by a combination of military attacks and fires through the centuries.
Under the Peshwai of Bajirao I, the capital of the Maratha Empire shifted from Satara to Pune. Bajirao chose Pune for his seat because he found the climate and geography of Pune most suitable for the Peshwai. As both ceremonies – laying the foundation stone and a house warming – took place on Saturdays and the Wada was built in Shaniwar Peth, it was named Shaniwar Wada. The main entrance of the Shaniwar Wada is called the Delhi Darwaza, so called because it faces the north and due to Bajirao’s ambitions of conquering Delhi. The building of Shaniwar Wada is thus a pivotal moment in the history of Pune, which has been the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
” SHANIVAR WADA TODAY”✏
Shaniwar Wada is often not high on the list of must-visit monuments for history enthusiasts in India. This can be blamed on the combination of destruction by fire, the consequent neglect by the British, and the relative apathy of the ASI (Archaelogical Survey of India) and PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) towards the Shaniwar Wada. A sound and light show, which was popular among visitors, was discontinued after 2009 for reasons best known only to PMC and ASI. However, there is a positive side to the state of affairs at Shaniwar Wada in 2016. Ever since the release of the Bollywood film Bajirao Mastani, tourists are thronging to the Shaniwar Wada to get in touch with the history of Bajirao. The sound and light show is being revived to entertain the tourists who have began to venture into this Wada. Nowadays, on a lazy weekday evening as the tourists have a mini picnic at the Wada, sound testing for the sound and light show is being undertaken, creating a unique ambiance. Rumors of the screams of Narayanrao heard on the full moon are discussed with avid interest. It is a beautiful place to visit on pune. Everyday more than thousand of people come to enhance the beauty of wada. The beauty reflects the hard work and skill of the architecture behind it. The beauty of the palace is a proud of our country.