The town of #Wai in #Satara district of Maharashtra located on the banks of the Krishna river has culturally and historically been an important center. It was here that Afzal Khan camped when he attempted to subdue the Maratha power under Chhatrapati Shivaji.
#Wai has seven ghats or stepped embankments on the Krishna River. Krishnabai or Krishnamai as the river is reveretially and affectionately called here is celebrated with an annual celebration or उत्सव in her name.
The Ganpati Ghat has the Mahaganpati Temple also called the Dholya Ganpati ढोल्या गणपती since the murti is very big. It was built by Shrimant Ganpatrao Bhikaji Raste in 1762.
The Kashi Vishweshwar Temple is also at the Ganpati Ghat is a magnificent piece of architecture. It is protected with a high stone wall along its perimeter.The temple has tall दीप माळ or stone tree structure to place oil lamps.
Many old towns had a city walls and city gates or ves (वेस). This ves was the entry point to Wai from the village of Menavli.
In historical times Wai was a place of learning and schlorship. In modern times the #Marathi Vishwakosh or Encyclopedia project was headquartered here. Wai has been a popular location for film shoots from the times of - Goonj Uthi Shehnai to Sargam to Swades.

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14 Nov
Wada वाडा is a typical Maratha architecture. Big and small, ornate and humble were seen across Maharashtra. This is the wada of Nana Phadnis at #Menavli about 3km on outskirts of #Wai. The wada is recently restored and worth a visit. #heritage
Most large wada had dindi darwaja (दिंडी दरवाजा) large entry gate with a smaller one cut in it for daily use, chowk (चौक) - open to sky quadrangles with buildings on all sides, small stair cases built in the walls
The first chowk in this wada has a smaller murti of Wai Mahaganpati. The diwankhana दिवाण खाना or the hall for audience is typical Maratha with cypress pillars सुरूचे खांब and ornate wooden ceiling.
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Mahadev is worshipped on #श्रावणी सोमवार #Shravani Somwar as a tradition. #Pune has many heritage Mahadev Temples. This thread attempts to share info about a few of them #KnowPune #heritage
Someshwar Temple in Raviwar Peth is from the 1700s. The complex has many otjer temples in addition to the Mahadev temple.
The Nageshwar Temple in Somwar Peth is one of the oldest temple in Pune. Though rebuilt during Peshwa rule, the temple is probably 700 year old.
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There were requests to share info about Sadguru Jangli Maharaj. Sharing information from public domain in this thread. Sadguru Jangli Maharaj was born in 1803. Some say that he was born near Hubballi, as per others he was from Baroda related to Rani Laxmibai's family.
He left home early and gained spiritual learning from different gurus. It  is also said that he participated in the war of independence 1857. Later he was seen at Rethare Harnaksha near Satara, resided there performing sadhana. Thereafter he came to Pune at Bhamburda village.
There he stayed near the Rokdoba Temple. He meditated at the hillock near Pateleshwar. The area was desolate with wild vegetation. He used to seek bhiksha in the village, soon people recognised his authority and began offering food. Jangli Maharaj frequently visited Dehu-Alandi.
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