Shaniwarwada, Pune Maharashtra – One of the most haunted place in India:
Shaniwarwada fort built in 1746 in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India at the time when Peshwa of Maratha Empire rules there. Peshwa lost to British East India Company in third Anglo-Maratha War and lost control over that place to British East India Company in 1818. The fort got a mysterious fire in 1828 which destroyed mainly area of Shaniwarwada fort. Now to maintain as a tourist site some area of Shaniwarwada has reconstructed. Shaniwarwada is the combination of two words “Saniwar” means Saturday as the traditional foundation of the fort is held on 30th January 1730 i.e. on Saturday and “wada” is the local word for residential complex. With all these historical background of Shaniwarwada fort, there was a terrifying story of the fort which made this historical tourist place one of the most haunted places in India. The local people assured to hear a sound saying “KAKA MALA VACHWA” means “Uncle Save Me” coming from the fort on every new moon night. What is the story behind all these unusual sound? Who is crying for help?? Why Shaniwarwada is one of the most haunted places in India?
Story behind the sound “KAKA MALA VACHWA”: There were three son of Peshwa Nanashaheb named Madhavrao, Vishwasrao and Narayanrao. In the third battle of Panipat which was remunerated between the Marathas and a threesome of King Ahmad Shah Durrani of Afghanisthan, the Shuja ud Daula the Nawab of Awadh and the Rohilla Afghans of Doab, Peshwa Nanashaheb and son Vishwasrao died. Elder son Madhavrao became Peshwa, but he was also died due to depression. So, young Narayanrao became Peshawa in the age of 16 year old. Raghunathrao, uncle of Narayanrao and the brother of Nanashaheb became the caretaker of the administration and state till Peshawa Narayanrao became minor. Raghunathrao’s wife Anandibai was not happy with this decision as she had a burning desire to become queen of the state. So she decided to kill Peshawa Narayanrao before he takes over all charge from his uncle. With time goes nothing remaining good between young Peshawa Narayanrao and Raghunathrao. Narayanrao had a bitter relationship with the hunting community known as Gardi. Raghunathrao wrote a letter to the chief of Gardi to capture Narayanrao but his wife Anandibai changed just one letter and it became to kill Narayanrao instead of capturing Narayanrao. Gardi chief sent a group of killer who entered into the room of Narayanrao in night. All security of young Peshawa Narayanrao was removed. When Narayanrao realised that he was going to be killed. He ran towards Raghunathrao room and shouted “KAKA MALA VACHWA”. But he was finally killed by killer, chopped into pieces and dumped in the river.
It is said that on every new moon day still the ghost of young Peshwa shouting for help “KAKA MALA VACHWA”. Whatever the truth is but Shaniwarwada fort is famous tourist place in Pune, Maharashtra and the story like this attract more tourist.