Mahadaji Shinde (1730–February 12, 1794), (also known as Mahadaji Sindhia or Mahadji Scindia), was the Maratha ruler of the state of Gwalior in central India. Mahadaji was instrumental in resurrecting Maratha power after the debacle of the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761, and rose to become a trusted lieutenant of the Peshwa, leader of the Maratha Confederacy, as well as the Mughal emperor Shah Alam II. During his reign, Gwalior became the leading state in the Maratha Confederacy and one of the foremost military powers in India.
Shinde Chhatri (Shinde Memorial) complex at Wanowari in Pune consists of the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which was built by Mahadji himself in the year 1794. But unfortunately he passed away in the same year. His last rites were performed at this temple.
In 1965 Madhavrao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior, built the memorial hall in front of the temple and also the Samadhi of Mahadaji. Shinde’s Chhatri is regarded as one of the finest examples of Rajasthani architecture and a masterpiece. It’s exquisite architecture is the major attraction. Shinde’s chhatri is built with conformation to all the laws of Vastushastra. Presently the Scindia Devasthan Trust of Gwalior now maintains Shindyanchi Chhatri of Pune.
I visited this place for the first time with our US visitors. We all agreed that this place is very photogenic (MSN Encarta meaning of photogenic: looking attractive in photographs; tending to look good in photographs). It is truly a photographer’s must visit place.
As one enters the hall, one sees the temple entrance at the other end of the hall.
The view of the hall from the temple entrance.
The view of decorated galleries on upper floors.
The view of ceiling.
The colorful glass windows.
The wall and window decoration from outside.
The temple wall and the back-side view.
So, don’t forget to take your camera along when you visit Shinde Chhatri at Pune.