About Mahadji Shinde Chhatri
Shinde Chhatri is located in Wanorie(Wanawdi), a place in Pune. It is one of the most significant landmarks in the city and is one of the important site of the Maratha rule. Shinde Chhatri is a memorial built in the 18th century. It is a memorial dedicated to Mahadji Shinde. Mahadji Shinde was a military leader who served as the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army. This is a hall that marks the spot of Mahadji Shinde’s cremation that held on 12th February, 1794. This is a three storied construction which is beautifully done and represents the Maratha heritage. The exterior of the heritage has beautiful carvings and intricate designs. The entrance gate is made out of iron is still intact.
In the year 1794, this complex had a temple of Lord Shiva which was built by Mahadji Shinde itself. He died in the same year and his last rituals were performed in the same premises. A Samadhi was built in the memory of Mahadji Shinde in the year 1965 which was outside the shrine of the Shiva temple. It was where Mahadji Shinde was cremated. The Scindia family of Gwalior is the descendants of Mahadji Shinde.
This is an exquisite architecture built in Rajasthani style. It is basically the Anglo-Rajasthani style of construction that showcases blending of two cultures. It is constructed in yellow stone and the base of the sanctum is built in black stone. The colourful window panes are of the English style. The hall is decorated with paintings and photographs of Scindia family.
The memorial was not looked for many years and was n bad condition. The yellow colour of the walls had acquired greyish colour and the roof was also damaged. But now the structure is under renovation and looks better than before. A lot of restoration work has been done.
It’s a beautiful place for history and architecture lovers. Between the hustle and bustle of the city, this heritage is striking and should be at least visited once.