The historical significance of Shaniwarwada!

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Shaniwarwada TheShaniwarWadafortinPune,whichcoversabout625acres,wasconstructedby PeshwaBajiraoI,astheabodeofthePeshwas.ItservedasthelovinghomeofBajiraoI andKashi. Themagnificentfortificationwhichwasplannedtobeentirelybuiltinstonewas objectedbythepeopleonthegroundsthatonlykingshadtheauthoritytobuildstone palaces.Thus,sixoutofsevenfloorswerebuiltwithbricksandonlythegroundfloor comprisedstones. 10January1730sawtheinaugurationofShaniwarWadawhichwasderivedfromthe MarathiwordsShaniwar(Saturday)andWada(residentialcomplex).Theplacenever failstoamazethevisitorwithitsvariousfortsandfountain,andthemajesticstatueof BajiRaoIthatgreetsthevisitorattheentranceofthepalace. Thisancientforthashigharchitecturalvalue.Itisa286-year-oldmansionandisoneof thefinestexamplesofarchitectureinthecity.JunglesofJunnarcontributedtheteak forbuildingpurposeswhereasthelimecamefromthelimebeltsofJejuriandstone wasalsoused.ThewallsdepictedthescenicbeautyoftheepicstheMahabharataand theRamayanawhilePersianrugsdecoratedthegloriousmarbleflooring. TheGanpatiRangMahalisdifficulttomissasitwasanothersignificantsiteforall religiouscelebrationsofthePeshwasandwasblessedwithagiganticstatueofLord Ganesha.Presently,youcanobserveninebastiontowers,agardencomplexandvarious gates,namelytheDilliGate,theMastaniGate,theKhidkiDarwaza,theGanpatiGateand theNarayanGate. Whatshallattractyourattentionthemostisdefinitelythesixteen-petalslotus-shaped fountainwhichisasymbolofthelovelytimesofthatera.ItisalsoknownasHazari Karanjewhichhasthepowerofathousandspraysorjets.Youcanspotacannonor two:onewhileyouenterandanotherinsidethefort. ThefortwasfeaturedintheMarathidramain2010'RamaMadhava'andin2015inthe movie'BajiraoMastani'.

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