shaniwar wada is located in Pune in Maharashtra, India. This fort has its own horror story. This India is one of the ghost forts.
On 24 February 1823, a fire broke out in Shaniwar Wada Fort. This fire could not be controlled for 7 days. Most of the fort was burnt in this fire. Today its remains remain.
It is said that on the night of Amavasya, a painful voice pleads “Save-save”. What is the secret of this voice? Today, in this post, we will learn about all these reasons in detail.
Amidst a busy city like Pune, the symbol of immortal love, Shaniwar Wada has become famous for a scary place today. Why did this happen after all? What are the reasons? For this, you have to go into the depths of history.
The foundation of this fort was placed by Bajirao I on Saturday, January 10, 1730. Hence the name of this fort was Shaniwar Wada. This fort is famous for its grandeur and historical reasons.
It is a historic fortification. It was built by the Peshwas in the 16th century. At that time, the Peshwas ruled Maharashtra. At that time the cost of construction of this palace was 16110.
More than a thousand people can live together in this palace. There are a total of 5 doors in this fort. The first gate is known as Delhi Darwaja, the second one is Mastani Darwaza, the third one is Khiladi Darwaza, the fourth is Narayan Darwaza and Ganesha Darwaza.
This fort was ruled by the Peshwas till 1818. In 1728, a mysterious fire broke out in this palace and a large part of the palace was engulfed by that fire. Which also caused a lot of damage.
Let us know about all the doors.
Delli Darwaza:- This is the main door of the fort. Actually this door opens on the north side, that’s why it is named Delhi Darwaza. This is a huge door.
In order to keep the door from breaking in time of war, it has pointed and big nails. There are 72 pointed nails on both doors, whose length is 12 inches. It is installed at the door to protect the enemy from elephant attacks. It also has a small door that is used in normal times.
Mastani Darwaza:- Bajirao’s wife Mastani always used this door, because most of the family members were against Mastani and that is why this door is called Mastani Darwaza. It is also called Alibahadur Darwaza.
khidaki Darwaza:- Due to a large number of windows in this door, it is called Khidaki Darwaza.
Ganesha Darwaza:- This door is located near Ganesha Mahal and hence it is called Ganesha Darwaza.
Narayana Darwaza:- After Narayana Rao’s assassination, his body was taken out of this direction. That is why its name was Narayan Darwaza. Before that, this door was used by maids.
Lotus Fountain: – The main attraction of Shaniwar Wada is the lotus-shaped fountain, which is known as Lotus Fountain or Hazari karanje. In this fountain, there are 14 petals shaped like lotus flowers, which is a unique piece of artistry.
After all, why does the horror sound from Shaniwar Wada?
It was a happy fort. It was prosperous for many years. Here was the rule of the Peshwas. The Peshwa Empire holds special significance in Maratha history. Peshwa was very brave. He fought many battles and won.
Some people say that the dark night of Amavas is the most dreadful night of this fort. On this night, the orgy of spirits takes place in this fort.
Peshwa Nana Saheb had three sons. Vishva Rao, Madhav Rao, and Narayana Rao. According to local people, after the battle of Panipat, when the Peshwa became weak and after the death of Nana Saheb, his son Madhav Rao took over the kingdom.
Raghunath Rao, younger brother of Nana Saheb was given the responsibility of overseeing the functioning of the state. But Raghunath Rao failed, as a result, he was imprisoned.
Madhav Rao considered the defeat in Panipat’s third war as his fault. The Marathas suffered a lot in that war. Many great warriors were martyred, including their elder brother Vishava Rao.
Madhav Rao also died in this grief. After the death of Madhav Rao, Narayan Rao was given the responsibility of the state. At that time, Narayan Rao was only 14 years old.
At the same time, Raghunath Rao was released from jail. He started working again. But Raghunath Rao and his wife Anandi Bai were not happy with this arrangement. They wanted to take over the entire empire.
Raghunath Rao aka Raghoba Kaki got caught in the greed of Narayan Rao. Meanwhile, Raghoba wrote a letter to the Bhils’ chief Samar Singh to arrest Narayan Rao.
But Anandi Bai, while crossing the culmination of greed, made a change in the letter and wrote to kill Narayan Rao.
Samar Singh attacked Narayan Rao on the right occasion. Narayan Rao fled in Marathi calling him “Chacha Mala Vachawa“. But in the end, Narayan Rao was killed and his body was drained into the river through Narayan Darwaza.
Since then Narayan Rao’s soul wanders there. From the walls of Shaniwar Wada, the voices of someone crying and whining are heard.
Let’s know more about Shaniwar Wada…
This fort was first constructed using only stones. But after the lower floor was completed, King Shiva ordered him to build the remaining palace with bricks.
It is said that after the completion of the construction work of Shaniwar Wada, the British army also attacked it. In the attack, the upper six floors of the Saturday Wada were burnt down and the lower floor of this Wada remains, which is decorated with artillery.
Currently, only the main exterior of Shaniwar Wada is left, which you can see by visiting Pune city.
How to reach Shaniwar Wada?
Pune is connected to all major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, etc. You can reach here easily by train or flight.
After reaching Pune, you can take the help of any local transport such as bus, rixa or taxi. Apart from this, you can also visit other tourist places along with Shaniwar Wada by the Pune Municipal Corporation bus “Pune Darshan Bus”.
What is The Timing And Entry Fees of Shaniwar Wada Fort?
Shaniwar Wada is open from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The entry fee is Rs 5 per person for Indians and Rs 125 per person for foreigners. There are separate charges for light and sound shows.
What is the right time to visit Shaniwar Wada?
The time from July to April is best for visiting the Saturday Wada according to the weather. There is no arrangement for eating and drinking within the fort.
So take food and drink with you. The authority here is strict about cleaning the fort. There is a provision for fines for spreading dirt in the premises of the fort. Also, take the shoe with it, as the area is large, more travel is required.
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