SHANIWAR WADA : HISTORY.
Shaniwar Wada was built by Peshwa Baji Rao 1, a general under Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of the Maratha Empire. It was a colossal seven storied palace made up of stones. However, after the construction of the base floor, the people of the national capital complained to the king that only he was authorized to build stone palaces. And that is why, the remaining floors were constructed using bricks. When the British artillery attacked the palace, except for the base floor, the other floors could not stand the attack and all the top stories collapsed. The Peshwas made many additions to the mansion such as fortification, reservoirs, court halls, fountains, gateways and so on. The palace also witnessed several significant episodes in the history of the Peshwas. Like, the fifth Peshwa, Narayan Rao was murdered inside this palace by his guards at the behest of Raghunath Rao, his uncle and Anandibai, his aunt. It was also the site where the romance between Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani Sahiba blossomed.