Mahadaji Shinde Chhatri

Famous as the Mahadaji Shinde Chhatri, this memorial structure of Mahadaji Shnde is an imposing monument constructed on the left bank of the Bhairoba stream in Wanavadi, an erstwhile village but now a suburb of Pune. This is a strong fortified complex with a huge fifteen ft. tall fortification wall surrounding the main complex. The main complex consists of three shrines viz. the Shiva and Maruti temple and the chhatri of Mahadaji Shinde. Mahadaji Shinde was the Commander – in – Chief of the Maratha army under the Peshwas from 1760 to 1780 C.E. In 1794 C.E. Mahadaji Shinde himself constructed a shrine to Lord Shiva and later on when he died the last rites were performed in the same complex. In 1965, Shrimant Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia of Gwalior (who is a descendent of Mahadaji Shinde) founded the chhatri and installed the image in 1971. The temple is constructed on a high foundation, in black stone. The architecture of the building is noteworthy for the blend of Rajasthani and British styles of architecture. There are statues of saints placed on the top of the roof. The decoration of the pillared hall, the beautiful coloured window panes and the decoration of the ceiling are fine and worth observing. There is a row of photo frames of the members of the royal Scindia (Shinde) family. (The entry fee at this monument is Rs. 5/- for Indians and Rs.25/- for foreigners. The monument is open from 6am to 9pm.)