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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inside the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad

These are a few pictures of the Sardar Purandare Wada (which is a large house with a courtyard), and is a continuation of the previous post with pictures of the exterior of the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad. Saswad, near Pune, is a small historical town. It has some ancient temples, and also has this huge Purandare residence, which is more like a fortress!

These are some photographs of the interior. The first image is a close up of a small trap-door, which is at the bottom of a very high spiked door at the entrance to the wada. It was my ancestor, Ambaji Purandare, a Diwan of the Peshwas who owned this wada and built it with the help of the Peshwas, possibly in 1710.
Opening the huge iron doors is not practical today, and the way to enter is through this small trapdoor. You enter into a fairly large corridor inside with a very high ceiling which is a buffer between the door and the actual wada. At one time, there were doors on both the sides. A way to trap invaders if they did break into the main door.

ancient trapdoor of Sardar Purandare Wada in Saswad

Walk a little further ahead and you enter open space, and another door which leads you into another corridor. This is the entry to the main house. Carvings still decorate this wooden door.

carved entrance to the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad

Once you enter and look to the right, you can see the dilapidated rooms. Huge corridors line the rooms. The structure is still standing and it is possible to climb up three floors and explore the inside.

interior of the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad

The other side of this structure lies in ruins.
ruins of the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad

You might also like to see photos of the exterior of the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad or more photos of the inside of this old historical fort:  Interiors of the Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad
Or photos of Ancient Doors in India or more ancient culture from Maharashtra: Vishram Bag Wada Pune - Photos or Ancient Narsimha Temple in Pune



  1. Hello there..!!!
    Thanks a lot for sharing this photo journey
    I am very happy to see this blog and also very curious to visit the Sardar Purandare wada. and know more about it
    Like how many rooms are there? how many people were lived there on that time? How much money they spend to build the wada that time? ..... some thing like that.

    Is that open for everyone? mean if i want to see that wada from inside then is it possible to go there and see the wada from inside?

    Many Thanks,

  2. Hi Mayuro. Thank you for your interest. At present there is not way to see the inside as it is not open to the public. A lot of people lived there, all a large joint family of Purandare and included servants etc. I do not know the details but I will ask my uncle and write it here if he knows any of these details. They are of course already in the history books, but I do not have that book which is in Marathi. The history of the Purandares is a matter of historical record. I will try and encapsulate it in this post and let you know when I do.

  3. I studied in this place between 1962 till 1964
    Dinesh Kumthekar Saswad, Pune, Kuwait

    1. That is very interesting Dinesh. Was there a school there? I will try and find out from my uncle. Thanks.

  4. I have selected this wada for mg studies who's permission shld I take for measurement drawing

  5. Hi, may i know why this is not open to public. the government of maharashtra should take care of this magnificent structure.

    1. Sheela, I agree that the government of maharashtra should take care of it. But they have refused. It is not open to the public because someone will have to be there to manage it, clean everyday etc. At present this is not possible.

  6. Replies
    1. I am afraid you cannot go in. It is private property

  7. TO see Sardar Purandare Wada at Saswad, one has to get consent of Purandare's relatives who reside in Saswad city and get the key of Wada. As a Reporter I got privilege to be invited to see this Wada. You just enter into history. There was a primary school in that property. The walls of the Wada are full of some good thoughts which are taught in the schools. The condition of Wada is dilapidated.
    One can not dare to enter into the property after the day light. A film named, Tumbad depicted this property very nicely. Do visit this Wada and just peep into the history.

  8. We must preserve our history . Ruined monuments like this insult our ancestrals .

    1. I agree. The government should give the money for it.


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