Mahadji Shinde Chhatri

Mahadji Shinde Chhatri

Mahadji Shinde was the leader of the Maratha empire from 1768 to 1794. He was cremated at this place on 12-February-1794. The monument was created in his memory, and is thus called Mahadji Shinde Chhatri. “Chhatri” literally means umbrella. The monument is a shelter to his cremation place. In the old times, Chhatris were created to display pride. The initial usage of Chhatris was to demarcate funerary places. However, Chhatris later became an element of the building designs. See Mayur Vatika of Jaipur to see how typical Chhatri designs look like.

Carvings on the walls of Shinde Chhatri

Mahadji Shinde Chhatri is a landmark of Pune city. Here are some photos from the beautifully architectured monument, which was primarily a temple of Lord Shiva, built by Mahadji Shinde!

Coat of arms on the gates of Mahadji Shinde Chhatri

Photography is prohibited once you enter the premises. You are normally allowed to take photos as long as you are out of the premises.

Entrance of Mahadji Shinde Chhatri

Gates of Mahadji Shinde Chhatri

Hanuman Statue of Shinde Chhatri

Hanuman Temple of Shinde Chhatri

Intricate carvings of Shinde Chhatri

Lion face on the gates of Shinde Chhatri

One of the statues of a saint or Shivji on the terrace wall of Shinde Chhatri

Shinde Chhatri

8 comments :

  1. What beautiful structures!! The red Hanuman statue is amazing!!

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    1. I was mesmerized too when I saw it personally!

      Yes, the red Hanuman statue is quite an eye-catcher! :)

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  2. Such beautiful architecture!
    Marvelous shots - thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/bug-eyes.html

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    1. Indeed!

      Thank you! My pleasure linking up on your blog-hop :)

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  3. Very beautiful, Bavesh, especially with that amazing sky behind it.

    So good to see you and Megha...short but sweet, regardless. I am loving my "Mughul Queen" and talking to her often so she doesn't feel lonely.

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    1. Thank you Carmen! :)

      We too felt so good to see you after such a long time! Yes, it was rather a short meet, but sweet indeed. So good to find that you are taking good care of the queen. You are a queen yourself, and have lived like one for life. So you know how a queen should be treated :) Me and Megha are so glad that the Mughal Queen is with the San Francisco Queen!

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  4. Oops, Bhavesh, sorry for spelling your name wrong.

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