Shinde Chhatri, located in Wanowrie, a well known place in Pune, India, is a memorial dedicated to the 18th century military leader Mahadji Shinde who served as the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army under the Peshwas from 1760 to 1780.
It is, one of the most significant landmarks in the city, reminiscent of the Maratha rule. It is a hall that marks the spot of Mahadji Shinde's cremation on 12 February 1794. The three storied memorial bestows a daunting look of past splendour, representing the rich heritage of that era beautifully. The regal entrance gate made out of iron shines till date. The exteriors that captivate your eyes are done with perfection, giving intricate details to every carving.
In 1965, a samadhi (memorial) was constructed outside the sanctum sanctum of the Shiva temple, in memory of Mahadji Shinde, exactly where he was cremated. Madhavrao Scindia got the entire complex built, along with the memorial of Mahadji Shinde.
The Scindia family of Gwalior are the descendants of Mahadji Shinde and presently, the memorial is under the supervision and management of the Scindia Devasthan, Gwalior.
The major attraction of the Shinde Chhatri of Pune is its exquisite architecture, reflecting the style used in Rajasthan, India. The Anglo-Rajasthani style of construction exhibits a fine blending of two different cultures. The architectural grandeur of the building is appreciable with beautiful carvings and the building is the lively specimen of a structure constructed following the Vaastu Hara rules. Even years after its construction, the memorial retains its architectural designs and beauty and seems to be totally unaffected by time.
The fine carvings and idols of saints on the steeple of the Shiva temple are made of yellow stone and the base and the sanctum sanctorum are constructed in black stone. The Chhatri (hall) not only has carvings and painting, but also houses a gallery in it. Coloured window-panes used for the windows are of English style. The hall is beautifully adorned with paintings and photographs of members of Scindia (Shinde) family.
Chhatri means Umbrella in Marathi. As a sign of respect to the great warrior, visitors are required to close the umbrella inside the premises, even if it is raining.
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