Peshwa Museum

The palace built by Shrimant Peshwa in the year 1795 still exits. Part of the same has been converted into Peshwa Museum. Near the museum is situated the Samadhi Sthan of Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa, who died here due to the intense grief experienced by him when his son Vishwasrao  and elder brother Bhausaheb lost their lives in Panipat war. The Peshwa Museum has been built using part of the Peshwa’s Mansion, using many old carved wooden pieces and displays a collection of items belonging to the Peshwa Era. The museum contains paintings of all Peshwas, Maratha Sardars, their family members along with the arms, articles and coins which were in use in Peshwa era. The entire palace of Sardar Bhuskute of Burahanpur (M.P.) has been installed in the museum. The rare collection is displayed in the museum and hence treated to be the most important museum connected with the history of Pune and Peshwa Raj. Samadhi Sthan of Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa is now renovated and converted into sabha mandap where the paintings relating to various battles fought by Marathas are on display. Some of the beautiful paintings of Peshwas are also displayed in the hall.

The Kartikeya Temple

Kartikeya or Shadanan, the God with six heads is the eldest son of Lord Shiva. Kartikeya is, in Maharashtra, believed to be a bachelor God, whom ladies are not supposed to worship. His temples are rather rare in Maharashtra. However in South India, he is commonly worshipped without any taboo attached to women-worship. The Kartikeya mandir was built by Shrimant Raghobadada, elder brother of Nanasaheb  Peshwa. There was a continuous family feud between these two brothers and a life – long competition and rivalry between these two families. We see a clear picture of it in the words of his wife Anandibai, kept in confinement as a political prisoner at Kopargaon. When the subject of Parvati came for discussion, she said, “the idol of Kartikeya should have been installed on some other hilltop. It would have at least brought good name.” Unfortunate incidents with Kartikeya’s idol Historical events have proved how unlucky the idol of Kartikeya has been. During the invasion of Nizam, the idol was broken and so Madhavrao got a new one made through his able Prime Minister, Nana Phadnwis. It was installed on 14th March 1766. In 1767, it developed big cracks; hence another idol was made at Pune and was installed. The records show that on the day on which it was installed, coconuts were offered to ward off the evil eye. In 1791, lightening struck the temple. It destroyed the temples but spared the idol. It was a bad omen and hence another idol was installed. In June 1820, the British took over the administration of the temple. Shri Madhavrao Jayaram Sadavarte became the manager of the Devesthana and he restored the idols. In 1867, the right hand of the deity broke down due to the crown falling on the hands of deity. Hence on…