Few places are near to the place you stay, few are far away. Sometimes it is just simple procrastination and you delay the visit. But when you visit that place you feel that it should have been done much earlier.
Have you ever thought of taking a city tour bus which shows the prominent places of the city to the tourist? Most of you will answer negative. Why should I take a bus tour to see the places in my city? I have been staying in Pune since my birth. I know my city well and I have visited many places during the past years. This word ‘Many’ does not contain the word ‘all’ most of the times. I, being a Punekar by birth was sure that I had visited the most important places but when Shinde Chhatri visit took place, I realized that this was a must on my list especially with the history associated with the place and I should have visited it earlier.
This is built as a memorial of a great Maratha warrior Mahadaji Shinde. He was commander in chief of Maratha Army under Peshwe and his role was instrumental in creating Maratha supremacy in the Northern part of India. He played an important role in battle of Wadgaon which was the first Anglo-Maratha war. The Marathas were victorious and the British had to sign a treaty at Wadagaon in 1779. Such an important person in the History of Marathas : actually my visit was overdue.
Shinde Chhatri is located in the Wanwadi area near Pune Cantonment.
When we entered the premises we saw a huge courtyard with the Shiva temple in the middle.
We entered the Shiva temple and were awestruck by the external as well as internal beauty and cleanliness of the temple. It has beautifully decorated columns and black and white marble flooring with squares and hexagons on it.
This temple is well lit with ample and colourful windows-panes and the sky lights. There is wonderful carving on windows and column arches.
There was a simple Shiva temple earlier. It seems that it was reconstructed and renovated by Madhavrao Schindia/Shinde in 1965.
Mahadji Shinde was the fifth and the youngest child of Sardar Ranoji Shinde and Chima bai.
At this place there was a small Shiva temple earlier which was constructed by Mahadji Shinde/Scindia himself. The renovation, no way reduces its beauty. It has beautifully decorated walls and columns and heavy chandeliers adding to the beauty. It resembles to the Rajput style architecture. It made me remember a few temples I had visited earlier in Gujarat.
Mahadaji Shinde died at Wanavdi/Wanaworie in Pune on 13 February 1794. His memorial is built just next to the temple. He was succeeded by adopted son Daulat Rao Scindia/Shinde, a grandson of his brother TukojiRao Scindia/Shinde. Inside the hall photos of several leaders of Shinde/Scindia dynasty are displayed.
Overall place is peaceful and there was absolutely no one when we visited the temple and the memorial.
There is a Hanuman temple built by Madhavrao Shinde/Scindia.
In the temple premises there was an ultramodern gym which definitely looked out of place. The vast courtyards could be used for creating a museum or a book library or even an art gallery where oil paintings of warriors could be showed there. One can take guidance from Knowledgeable persons of this field and it could be used in a better way.
This temple and memorial is maintained by the Schindia Devasthan Gwalior. 100% for the cleanliness of the place. When we inquired with the care-taker he informed us that the city tour bus comes here twice a day. So do plan your trip and take out an hour from your busy schedule to offer tributes to this great Maratha warrior.
Entry fee: Rs.5 for Indian Nationals
Rs.30 for foreigners (I seriously feel this should be increased in multiples of 10)
There is Empress Garden near by, you can plan and visit it along with Shinde Chhatri
No separate space for parking but there is some open space outside the memorial where you can park your vehicle.
Open all days