In a rectangular complex surrounded by trees in the neighborhood of Wanawadi in Pune, stands a beautiful memorial. The structure was designed to honor Mahadji Shinde, the 18th-century Maratha military leader and statesman.
Shinde was a trusted lieutenant of the Peshwa (the prime minister of the Maratha Empire) and was the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army from 1760 to 1780.
In 1794, this complex housed a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built by Mahadji Shinde himself. Upon his death, he was cremated within the premises of the complex. His memorial was built in 1910 at the site of his cremation, and a memorial stands next to the temple.
The monument is an example of Anglo-Rajasthani architecture. Visitors can step inside the memorial into the large hall that is adorned with intricate designs, stunning archways, paintings, and photographs of members of Mahadji Shinde’s family and details of his ancestry.
The entire memorial complex has a beautiful sense of peace and tranquility. The place is clean and breezy. A spiral staircase stands along with one of the outer walls, which lends additional aesthetic beauty.