Shinde Chhatri A Rich Heritage At Pune
Shinde Chhatri is a famous tourist spot in Pune, Maharastra- India. It is centotaph made in the memory of Mahadji Shinde. Mahadji Shinde is a legendary chief Commander in Maratha army from the year 1761 to 1794. The monument is situated in Pune near Fatima Nagar, off Solapur road. Mahadji Shinde was the fifth son of Shreemant Ranoji Roa.
About The Place
Lord Shiva’s temple was built by Mahadji himself in the year 1794, which was then maintained by Sindhia Devasthan Trust Gwalior. In Maharastra, it was called as ‘Shindyanchi Chhatri’, which then became a tourist spot with its spectacular architecture, reflecting its Rajasthani style. The construction is still standing proudly, and is also considered as a masterpiece of Pune.
If you are planning to visit this place from 6:00AM to 9:00PMby paying minute entry fee 2.00INR. Many Photographer consider this place as a spectacular place to capture a good shot from a different angle.
From Kanherkhed the Shinde Family was welcomed to Pune. They were Patils (high authority or Administrator) of the village, under patriarchy rule the glory and prominence went into hands of Mahadji Shinde. He too succeeded in re-establishment of Maratha power after the disaster at Panipat. Mahadji also served his service as a Wazir under Shah Alam II of Mughal Emperor.
Mahadji Shinde was unable to witness the complete construction, because of his ill health which led to his death. His obsequies were performed in the same temple. The construction of the site was completed in the year 1830. Later, his descendant Jankojirao aided to complete the construction of the temple in year 1830. Mahadhavrao Scindia renovated the temple again in the year 1915, he also built another ‘Hanuman Mandir’ and also contributed a silver statue of Mahadji Scindia. The statue is still placed in the gabhara section of the temple.
Later, the King of Gwalior- Jivajirao constructed ‘Grand Sabhamandapa’ in Anglo-Rjastani Style. Mahadji’s Samadhi was built in the temple premises in the year 1965, by Madhavrao Scindia. The Samadhi holds ashes of the Mahadji Shinde’s body. The main structure is a perfect blend of Rajput and European architecture, with a touch of Dravida and Deccan style. The shrine is made of black sandstone with ace carving and idols over the structure.
The Shikhara is made in Bhumija- Nagara style, it also has vertical shaped vimana with minor spikes and ‘kalasa’ which is mounted on grooved disc and further attached to main spire. The whole site, Shinde Chhatri is considered as a finest instance of rich heritage and considered as a prized landmark of Pune.