This is about the story of Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune. The Shaniwar Wada was originally the seven storied capital building of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. It was supposed to be made entirely of stone but after the completion of the base floor or the first story, the people of Satara (the national capital) complained to the Siva(King) saying that a stone monument can be sanctioned and built only by the Siva(King) himself and not the Peshwas. Following this, an official letter was written to the Peshwas stating that the remaining building had to be made of brick and not stone. The Wada was then completed and upon being attacked by the British Artillery 90 years later, all the top six stories collapsed leaving only the stone base, which was immune to the British artillery. Hence only the stone base of the Shaniwar Wada remains and can be seen even today in the older parts of Pune.
After “Baji Rao’s death, his son Balaji Baji Rao (or Nana Saheb) held Maratha banner. Madhavrao, Vishwasrao and Narayanrao was three sons of Peshwa Nanashaheb. After the death of Pesha Nanashaheb in the third battle of Panipath, Madhavrao succeeded as Peshwa. During the war of third Panipath Vishwasrao accepted death. After death of Vishwasrao Madhavrao also died in broken heart for his brother. Narayanrao had been just sixteen years old then. He became Peshwa on that very young age. Due to his age his uncle Raghunathrao was in charge of state on behalf of young nephew.
In 1773, Narayanrao, who was the fifth and ruling Peshwa then, was murdered by guards on orders of his uncle Raghunathrao and aunt Anandibai. A popular rumour says that Narayanrao’s ghost still calls for help on full moon nights. Various people, working around the area, have allegedly reported such cries.
Narayanrao was trying to nullify all conspiracies against him. He started to restrict the influence of Raghunathrao and house arrested him. Narayanrao had a bitter relationship with Gardi, the hunting tribe. Raghunathrao’s wife Anandibai used this and sent a signed letter from Raghunathrao to the chief of Gardi. But in the original letter Raghunathrao wrote to Gardi chief Sumer Singh Gardi to capture Narayanrao but cruel Anandibai changed just one word and it became the message to kill Narayanrao.
Sumner Singh sent a group of assassins who entered in the room of sleeping Narayanrao at night removing all securities. Narayanrao woke up and understood he was going to be killed. He ran towards Raghunathrao’ chamber and shouted to him “Uncle save me”. But he was caught by assassins and brutally assassinated by them. Hacked into pieces and then dumped in the river.
It is also said to be infested by dark spirits of the people who died in the fire that destroyed the fort. Entry is restricted after 6:30 p.m. The yells and cries of the young prince brings chilles to the people who have said to heard about the screams.