Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Gateway of Peshwa's Palace & Fruit Market, Poona.

This print, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s, shows the gateway to Peshwar's Palace and fruit market outside at Pune. Built in 1736 by Baji Rao, the Shanwar Wada or Saturday Palace served as an imposing residence for the Peshwa, with guesthouses, gardens and fountains until it was gutted by fire on several occasions in 1791, 1812 and 1828. The Delhi Gate formed the principal entrance to the palace. The teak doors are studded with 12-inch long elephant spikes. From the balcony in the centre of the two bastions Peshwa Madhave Rao Narayan fell to his death in 1796. Also here in 1773 the young Peshwa Narayan Rao was murdered by his guards.