Shaniwar Wada


Pune, India

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Visit Shaniwar Wada and Pune Gallery, here.

Shaniwar Wada ( Marathi: शनिवार वाडा ) is a palace fort in the heart of Pune City where I live. It was the seat of Peshwa rulers until 1818. It is a fort, whose foundation was laid down by Peshwa Baji Rao in the year 1729-30. It took two years to complete the fort and later, many additions were also made to it by the successors of Baji Rao. The amazing architecture of the fort speaks volumes about the competence of the Peshwas in the field of town planning. The entire complex of the Shaniwar Wada comprises of fountains, courtyards, blooming gardens, offices, audience halls and residential quarters.

A fire engulfed the fort in 1827 and lasted for approximately fifteen days. The devastating fire led to the destruction of the beauty of the palace, along with all of its artifacts. All one can see now is the huge gate of the fort, with its outer stonewalls, bastions and small gates. The main gate is known as the Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate)

Shaniwar is Marathi for Saturday. A [wada] is Marathi for a group of houses together in a complex, not necessarily royal, though this one was. The Shaniwar Wada palace complex contained the magnificent and stately mansions built by the Peshwas, for their residences.

The city center inside the Shaniwar Wada of Pune serves as a reflection of how the fort originally looked like, before the fire broke out. On the walls of the fort, one can see paintings depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. The sixteen-petal lotus-shaped fountain standing inside the Shaniwar Wada stands as a proof of the exquisite craftsmanship of those times. A light and sound is also held here everyday, between 7:15 pm and 8:10 pm in Marathi and between 8:15 pm to 9:10 pm in English.

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Camera make : Canon EOS 400D Digital
Shooting Date & Time : 04/01/2008, 13:53:29
Tv ( Shutter speed ) : 1/40 sec.
Av ( Aperture value ) : F7.1
Focal length : 28 mm
Exposure compensation : 0
Flash exposure compensation : 0
ISO speed : 100
Brightness ( RAW ) : 0
White balance : Shot setting converted to Daylight
( Processed in Canon Digital Photo Professional )

Fully manual mode, single frame shooting, hand held.

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