Shaniwarwada (Marathi: शनिवारवाडा) is a palace fort in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India.It was the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire) .The foundation of the original residence was laid by Bajirao-1 in 1730 A.D and the construction completed in 1732 A.D, at a cost of Rs. 16,120.00 a large sum at that time.
By 1758, atleast a thousand people lived in the fort..
Later Peshwe made several additions, including the fortification walls, with bastions and gates; court halls and other buildings; fountains and reservoirs.
The strongly built Dilli Darwaza gatehouse has massive doors, large enough to admit elephants outfitted with howdahs (seating canopies). To discourage elephants charging the gates, each pane of the gate has seventy-two sharp twelve-inch steel spikes arranged in a nine by eight grid, at approximately the height of the forehead of a battle-elephant.
Each pane was also fortified with steel cross members, and borders were bolted with steel bolts having sharpened cone heads. The bastions flanking the gatehouse has arrow-loops and machicolation chutes through which hot substances could be poured onto offending raiders. The right pane has a small man-sized door for usual entries and exits, too small to allow an army to enter rapidly.
Even if the main gates were to be forced open, a charging army would need to turn sharply right, then sharply left, to pass through the gateway and into the central complex. Source : Wiki
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A beautiful construction Model at Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati, Pune - India.