Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday! • Shaniwar Wada

Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday – Shaniwar Wada, Pune

I hope you are liking Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday. Last friday, I posted about Hawa Mahal and you guys gave amazing response. I am elated. This week, I bring you the pride and heritage of Pune — Shaniwar Wada. Scroll down to read the fun facts. The fifth fact will shock you! 😀

Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday! • Shaniwar Wada
Shaniwar Wada

Fun Facts::

  • Built in 1732 on Saturday, it was the seat of Peshwas of the Maratha Empire.
  • The total cost was Rs.16,110/-
  • Originally Shaniwar Wada was a seven-storey building. Upon being attacked by the British Artillery, all the top six stories collapsed leaving only the stone base, which was immune to the British artillery.
  • Shaniwar Wada Fort was majorly destroyed by the unknown fire in 1828.
  • The ruling peshwa, Narayanrao was murdered by his uncle and people believe his ghost still haunts the fort and calls for the help on the full moon nights.😨
  • Shaniwar Wada has six gates – Dilli Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Mastani Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaza and Narayan Darwaza.
  • To avoid elephants charging, Dilli Darwaza has 72 sharp 12-inch spikes on each gate arranged in 9X8 grid at the approx. height of forehead of an elephant.
  • The fort had an exquisite lotus-shaped fountain known as Hazari Karanje (Fountain of a thousand jets). Most complicated and complex design of that time.
  • Bollywood movies like Bajirao Mastani and Panipat has featured Shaniwar Wada.

38 thoughts on “Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday – Shaniwar Wada, Pune

    1. The ground floor made of stone is very much intact. Even some portion of first floor is also there. It us a beautiful property with fountains, temples, darwazas, kunds in the premises. I will share the complete guide of Shaniwar Wada in upcoming posts! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading it, Arv! 😊

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  1. Lovely post as usual Madam.. 😊
    Again, there are so many interesting facts about this place which I learnt today thanks to you. I knew about Peshwa Baji Rao Bhallad and the his valour, but not much about Shaniwar wada. Hopefully the next time I visit Pune, I will be able to check this place out and learn more about this place in a better way.
    Thank you once again Madam for sharing.. 😊

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    1. I am glad Abir that you liked the post. It is always my pleasure to share as much information as I can with my readers. We get to learn through each other.

      Yes, do keep Shaniwar Wada in your list whenever you visit Pune. It will be a treat for you. I will be sharing detailed posts about Shaniwar Wada soon. 😊😊

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      1. Thank you Madam for trying to showcase the unknown aspects of India. As I said earlier, I love your research work and the efforts you put in 😊
        Hope to learn more from you.. 😊 Your posts are informative and beautifully described as usual.. 😊
        I urge you once again to check my posts on the historical places I visited.. Hope to get your expert opinions on them, hope to learn from those.. 😊

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      2. I love to explore unknown and unseen places and like to share it everyone. I am humbled to see you respect my efforts. 😊 Also, thank you for the compliments. I always try to learn. Will visit your posts. Thank you. 🙂

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      3. Well, I appreciate and respect the efforts one puts in towards his or her work (I don’t mean office work). Your efforts are commendable and I hope I learn a thing or two from them.. 😊
        Thank you for sharing.. 😊 My posts also await your expert opinions, as I said earlier.. 😊

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    1. Thank you Sumit for taking out time! 😜 I am glad you like my blog posts. Yes, there are so many stories behind Shaniwar Wada. Will share more in detailed in another post some time.


  2. Very interesting fun facts! Thank you for sharing these with us and for joining our #ww blog hop. I’ll definitely plan to visit Shaniwar Wada if and when I visit Pune next. My last visit was a hurried one, almost 22 years ago.


    1. Yeah, forts are quite fascinating. Have you read about Sinhagad Fort which I wrote some time back? That is a must visit place. You will like it. Thank you for dropping by on my blog. I am glad you liked the Fun Facts…😊😊


  3. I was here 4 years ago with my cousin. Even in the current state, it looks so majestic so one can only imagine the grandeur in the good old days. I don’t believe in ghosts, but seriously the ghost story of the Shaniwarwada spooked me out. :). The post was informative. Please keep up the good work.


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