Thursday, October 20, 2011

Shaniwar Wada, Pune

Shaniwar Wada in Pune is the most magnificent and stately mansion built chiefly as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the original residence was laid by Bajirao - I in 1730 A.D. and the construction completed in 1732 A.D. His successors made several additions such as fortification walls, with bastions and gates, court halls and other buildings, fountains and reservoirs in 1828 A.D.
However, fire gutted the building in this place and what now remains is their plinths and fortification wall with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the whole complex. Nobody knows what caused the fire. The complex had an impressive lotus-shaped fountain in the garden. The location of this can be seen in the below image (the central part near the green cover where no people are present).
The main gate of the complex known as Dilli Darwaza faces north towards Delhi. This strongly built entrance has massive doors, large enough to admit elephants outfitted seating canopies. Each door has seventy-two sharp twelve-inch steel spikes arranged in a nine by eight grid which are at the height of elephants forehead. On the right door there is a small man-sized door for usual entries and exits.
The invading army can not charge through the open main gates as there is a sharp right turn followed by a sharp left before entering into the central complex. This would provide a defending army with another chance to attack the incoming army, and to launch a counterattack to recapture the gateway.

One of the brass canons with carvings on them in the complex.

50 comments:

Al said...

Great shots of an awesome fortress! It's ironic that the cannon in the last shot is one of the things that led to the demise of fortresses like this.

Sridharan said...

Grand looking mansion..! Feel like visiting..!

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post.

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Kirigalpoththa said...

Looks like a solid structure.

Nice garden too!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Sharp left & sharp right to temporarily halt to enemies. Now that's called engineering!!!
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DeeBee L. said...

How ironical that such a defensive building should be reduced to almost nothing by a fire!
And what a brilliant concept that this this entrance with a sharp right turn followed by a left one! So simple yet so effective!

Jeevan said...

The details about the door is very interesting and impressive the way it build to hit elephants forehead. The mansion looks strong and invades uneasily. Good snaps, brings the place brief at sight!

aativas said...

It actually looks better in your photographs .. no offence meant. I only mean to say that the places we visit often seem to lose their charm .. and when one sees them after a while, it looks beautiful again!!

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

Nice to know about the Shaniwar Wada. I have lived in pune for a year, had heard about this place but never had a chance to visit. Thanks for the informations with the complimenting lovely pictures.

joo said...

Another place I love!

Babli said...

Wonderful place. I will definitely visit during my next India trip.

Team G Square said...

Nice writeup .

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, interesting post and terrific captures as always, Rajesh! Always enjoy your clear, blue skies and the tours you take us on around your wonderful country! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Liz said...

Great shots of the mansion.

Happy sky watching.

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Cafe au lait said...

These are interesting photos. TFS!

Pearl Maple said...

Thanks for sharing with Sky Watch Friday, what a shame a lot of the building was lost to a fire, looks like a fabulous structure

Gary said...

Fascinating post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carver said...

Very interesting place and good photographs of it.

clairz said...

I love the idea of elephant-sized doors.

chubskulit said...

Thanks for sharing another bits of history about India.

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Kim, USA said...

Wow I can only imagine how big this building is. Great shots!

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Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

no a cool place to visit ~ I was just visiting a fort here last week ~ so much history

Arija said...

A very interesting post indeed with the cunningly designed defences. What a pity the buildings were ravaged by fire.

magiceye said...

amazing!!

George said...

This is a fascinating place. I find it hard to imagine attacking a fort with elephants. I know it happened, but I still find it hard to visualize.

ladyfi said...

Just magnificent!

Anna said...

In fact pictures prove how amazing this mansion is. Thanks for sharing your historical notes with us. Anna :)

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Grand.

Indrani said...

Great shots.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Never knew Pune had this many fantastic monuments! good job!

Ash said...

Very interesting. I particularly loved the second last image - that door sure looks majestic!

I think I might have seen this while driving by. It's on the way to Dagdoosheth Temple, right ?

Kalyan said...

Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely architectural beauties!

Pietro said...

Wonderful images of this beauties!

shooting star said...

great images of a place i have heard a lot..
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Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the architecture of the place.

eden said...

Beautiful photos of the mansion.

Life Unordinary said...

you really are an avid traveler aren't you? Do you always have your camera with you?

Liz said...

Love your shots. I'm back for MYM. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

Ms. Burrito said...

So beautiful!

Hope you can come and see my YELLOW post. Thank you!

Cassie said...

You never seem to run out of fascinating ShadowShots! Wonderful!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

That main gate is massive--and impressive!

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chubskulit said...

Visiting again for Ruby Tuesday.

Late visiting for Ruby Tuesday. You can find my entry about the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders by visiting the link. Thanks!

capturedalive said...

The solidity of old architectures are difficult to match nowadays.


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Bikramjit said...

lovely pics.. and the door look big and HARD :)

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indianhomemaker said...

That was one informative post!Loved the pictures, never before gave a thought as to why such huge doors were built!!

Suzy said...

The doors of yore were majestic and this one is no exception. Nice pics and fits the theme so well.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Great shots...:-)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

nice place... I was there

Puru@ShadowsGalore said...

Majestic gates !!! Looking forward to visit this place

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciation of the place.