|Brave warrior Shivaji.www.hindugodwallpaper.com|
|Chatrapathi Shivaji(1627/1630 – 3 April 1680). www.nitin.myewebsite.com.|
This impressive red brick building, standing in a prominent place in Pune city was witness to the historical encounter between Shivaji and Shaista Khan, a subahdar and a general in the Mogul army, when the latter launched a surreptitious guerrilla attack on Lal Mahal that ended in failure. While Shaista Khan was trying to escape through the window, Shivaji cut oft his fingers. Towards the end of 17th century, because of frequent attacks on the palace, it fell into ruins.
|Shivaji and his mother Jijamatawww.indianetzone.com|
At the palace are statues of "Jijamata" (Shivaji's Mother) and an impressive carving depicting young Shivaji plowing with a golden plough, with mother Jijabai and Guru Dadoji Konddev looking at him. The palace has a rich collection of large-size oil paintings depicting various events in Shivaji's heroic life.