Shaniwar Wada is an 18th century palace fort in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India, that was built by Peshwa Baji Rao – I, prime minister to king Chattrapati Shahu, the son of Shivaji, the famous king of the Maratha empire that occupied most of India after the decline of the Mughal rule.
The Peshwa laid the ceremonial foundation stone on Saturday, January 10, 1730. It was named Shaniwarwada from the Marathi / Hindi words Shaniwar (Saturday) and Wada (a general term for any residential complex). Teak was imported from the jungles of Junnar, stone was brought from the nearby quarries of Chinchwad, and Lime (mineral) was brought from the lime-belts of Jejuri. Shaniwarwada was completed in 1732, at a total cost of Rs. 16,110 (about US $ 300), a very large sum at the time. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the centre of Indian politics in 18th century.
Shaniwar Wada was the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire until 1818 when they surrendered to the British. Thereafter the fort itself was largely destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire. The surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site.
The place has a reputation of being haunted by the ghost of a young prince who was brutally murdered by the order of one of his uncles. It is said that the assasins chased him all across the fort while the 13 year old boy cried out repatedly: “Kaka, mala vachva!”(Uncle, save me!).
It seems obvious that security, rather than architectural elegance, was given the topmost priority while constructing the building.
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pajaran (61112) 2014-05-13 11:21
Interesantan tekst o staroj palati sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan deo palate.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trenutak sa posetiocima, lepa arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the old palace with a history and description of ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated the palace.
Good work, beautiful moment was shown to visitors beautiful architecture.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Fis2 (98429) 2014-05-13 13:43
A very interesting building.
I like colors and sharpness.
Persons add savor of photo.
Noel_Byrne (31410) 2014-05-13 15:43
An interesting story behind this place and I agree, it is apparent it is built for strength. However I suspect the architect had an eye for design too as it is an attractive edifice in a military way. The arches above the entrance are elegant and offset the austere view of the gate while the colors of the stones may be incidental, but are still quite beautiful. I really like your off centre composition too, it works well and the people add great scale. Nicely done!
Nicou (142992) 2014-05-14 1:19
quel rendu sur la pierre et iamge sueprbe vue quel arche et porte sueprbe une mise parfaite en valeur de cette entrée sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (95370) 2014-05-14 1:20
Nice capture of this majestic gate taken with good pov. Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice day
lousat (91950) 2014-05-14 2:14
Hi Satya,the architechture is truly magnificent.Great capture despite the difficult light,i like a lot the people in the composition that give us the exact idea of the big dimensions of this facade.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
snunney (99942) 2014-05-14 2:35
A fine point of view on this still imposing fortress with its austere lines and stones darkened with age. The people gathered around the bottom of the massive walls offer a fine sense of scale. A very foreboding place and one can well imagine it being considered haunted.
jhm (153640) 2014-05-14 4:05
Excellent architecture picture with the nice door and splendid entrance.
The people is a nice addition is excellent for this image.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent made.
Very well done, TFS.
Silvio1953 (144202) 2014-05-14 9:22
Ciao Satya, great view of fascinating architecture, splendid clarity, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ourania (46192) 2014-05-14 10:18
the palace fort looks compact and imposing, its architecture is minimal and austere but it's also graced by some elegant details. Your tight framing exalts these characteristics (although, I think the lower border is set a little too abruptly). I like very much the textures and the intentionally imperfect symmetry. The gate is captivating and the white clad man in the terrace adds intrigue. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
photoray (13981) 2014-05-14 11:38
An impressive Wada, solid stone gothic like construction with defensive elements. And worthy of visiting for the history.
Thanks for sharing,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-05-14 21:53
a very effective photo of this interesting architecture, great details and POV,
Cricri (120095) 2014-05-15 10:22
Quelle note intéressante du palais, bien présenter en gros plan avec les personnes assit tranquillement sur les marches, c'est une belle architecture, mais qui est hanté, cela fait réfléchir a le visiter :-)
Tout le meilleur chez toi
holmertz (53414) 2014-05-15 11:54
It may well be that security was the top priority when building this palace, but I would not say that architectural elegance was neglected. I find it quite impressive, and the balcony high above the gate is very appealing. And what luck that there is a person standing there. Furthermore you were very lucky to have quite a few people by the entrance. They may look comparatively small, but they still add a lot of interest to the general view.
Didi (60588) 2014-05-25 8:28
Your subject is interesting
Very nice architecture
But you should take care about the tilt
Perhaps a wider position could include more field on the foreground
That's why I make a stitch with another picture