“KAKA MALA VACHWA” - Shanivaarwada in Pune, India

On the night of every new moon, this fort becomes a place of horror. People often hear a sound “KAKA MALA VACHWA” (uncle save me) from the Fort

Walls of Shaniwaar wada fort in Pune hide a painful story of a small boy, Prince Narayanrao who was killed by Sumer Singh Gardi.

On the night of every new moon, this fort becomes a place of horror. People often hear a sound “KAKA MALA VACHWA” (uncle save me) from the Fort Where the spirit of Prince Narayanrao till now utters its last words of his past mortal life.

Shaniwarwada name came from Word Shaniwar (Saturday) as the ceremonial foundation of the Fort was started on 30 January, 1730 which was a Saturday.


Behind the Fort’s mysterious activities there A horrible story of greed for power and betrayal by a real uncle, Raghunathrao and aunty, Anandibai of Narayanrao. Madhavrao, Vishwasrao and Narayanrao were three sons of Peshwa Nanashaheb. After the demise of Peshwa Nanashaheb in the third battle of Panipath, his eldest son Madhavrao succeeded as Peshwa. But Madhavrao also died in unexplained circumstances after death of his brother, Vishwasrao. Then after Narayanrao became Peshwa at the age of 16 while his uncle Raghunathrao was in charge of state on behalf of the young nephew.


Raghunathrao’s wife Anandibai became very jealous. She had the burning desire to be the queen of State. With time situation becoming worse than ever. Narayanrao started to control the power of Raghunathrao and arrested him in his house. Raghunathrao wrote to Gardi Chief Sumer Singh Gardi to capture Narayanrao but spiteful Anandibai change just one letter and made the letter to slaughter Narayanrao.


Sumer Singh sent a group of murderers who entered the room of sleeping Narayanrao at night eradicating all securities. Narayanrao woke up and understood he was going to be killed. He ran towards Raghunathrao’ chamber and shouted to him “Kaka Mala Vachwa”. But he was caught by assassins and brutally murdered by them. His body was sliced into pieces and then dumped in the river.

The Ghost of the young Peshwa is considered to be residing in the fort with his painful agony. Every new moon night he cries for saving him.

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