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Shaniwarwada a great heritage palace in Pune

Known for its sheer architectural brilliance, this fort has witnessed various spooky occurrences

India, April 27 (Uitv) - Built in 1732,it was the seat of the Peahwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818, when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company after the Third Anglo-Maratha War.

It is believed that the level of supernatural activity is on its zenith on every full moon night.

In 1773, Narayanrao, who was the fifth and ruling Peshwa then, was murdered by guards on orders of his uncle Raghunathrao and aunt Anandibai.

A popular rumour says that Narayanrao's ghost still calls for help on full moon nights. Various people, working around the area, have allegedly reported such cries.

Sound of"Kaka mala wachawa"(Uncle save me) by Narayanrao Peshawe after his death.

There are many locals who actually camp at night on the fort grounds just to hear the little boy’s scream. It is preferable to visit the fort during day hours since the fort is deserted at night except for maybe a caretaker

The fort itself was largely destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire, but the surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site.

 

Shaniwarwada was completed in 1732, at a total cost of Rs. 16,110, a very large sum at the time.

The opening ceremony was performed according to Hindu religious customs, on January 22, 1732, another Saturday chosen for being a particularly auspicious day.

From documents found in Peshve Daftar, there were 51,402 diamonds, 11,352 rubies, 27,643 pearl gems, 1,76,011 Pearls, 435 sapphire gems, 432 lapis lazuli's, 417 topaz, 75 onyx, 444 coral gems, 378 Karadya, 1562 turquoise, 1912 karipola (coral), 497 greasy gems in the treasures house of Shaniwar wada which were stole by British.

The remaining treasure was handed over to Baji Rao II's adopted son Nanasaheb II. After losing the battle of Bithur-Brahmavarta (Kanpur, U.P.), all the treasure except precious jewelry was hidden in a well by him the information about which was acquired by British from spies and it was stolen, which was mentioned in book written by colonel Gordon Alexander.

The treasure contained coins, vessels made of gold and silver costing Rs. 3 million, a houdah made of silver weighing several kilograms, jewelry costing Rs 7 million which totaled around Rs. 1 crore.

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