Unearth the Maratha gem at Mahadji Shinde memorial in Wanowrie
Mahadji Shinde Chhatri is a hidden gem located in Wanowrie. It is 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 1780Updated: Jun 29, 2017 23:02 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Mahadji Shinde Chhatri is a hidden gem located in Wanowrie. 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, the memorial is a must visit to experience aesthetic architecture and construction.
A royal look recollecting the rich heritage and culture of the era fills the entire area. It is well maintained and spells magnificence right from the time you step in. The intricate detailing adds to the beauty of the structure. The premise has a samadhi (tomb like structure) outside the Shiva temple in memory of Shinde at the place where he was cremated.
Madhavrao Scindia was responsible for building the complex and the memorial of Mahadji Shinde. The Scindia family of Gwalior are descendants of Mahadji Shinde. It is maintained by Scindia Devasthan Trust, Gwalior.
The place is popular for its architecture and fine blending of two different cultures.
The fine carvings and idols of saints on the steeple of the Shiva temple are made of yellow stone and the base and the sanctorum are constructed in black stone. The Chhatri (hall) has partings and photographs of the Scindia (Shinde) family and coloured window panes. Reportedly, the Trust plans to start a museum in the hall.
In 1794, the complex of the memorial only had a temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was built by Mahadji Shinde himself. He died the same year and his last rites were performed in the premises.
Entry fee: ₹5
Timing: 6 am - 9 pm
First Published: Jun 29, 2017 23:01 IST