Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune

It is said that on Full Moon nights this place is very much haunted and people often hear the scream "KAKA MALA VACHWA" (uncle save me). 

According to an old story, this fort is haunted by the ghost of a prince who was brutally assassinated when he was 13 year old by one of his relative. His ghost can be heard shrieking in the middle of the night. 
The story goes like this 
"After Baji Rao I's death, his son Balaji Baji Rao (NanaSaheb) held Maratha banner. Madhavrao, Vishwasrao and Narayanrao were the three sons of Peshwa Nanashaheb. After the death of Pesha Nanashaheb in the third battle of Panipath, Madhavrao succeeded as Peshwa. During the war of third Panipath Vishwasrao was also killed. After death of Vishwasrao , Madhavrao died from the news of his brothers traumatic death. Narayanrao was just thirteen/sixteen years old. He became Peshwa at that very young age and his uncle Raghunathrao was in charge of the state on behalf of young nephew. 
Raghunathrao's wife Anandibai became very jealous. All her life she wanted to become the wife of Peshwa. Narayanrao was trying to nullify all conspiracies against him. He started to restrict the influence of Raghunathrao and house arrested him. Narayanrao had a bitter relationship with Gardi, the hunting tribe. Raghunathrao's wife Anandibai used this and sent a signed letter from Raghunathrao to the chief of Gardi. But in the original letter Raghunathrao wrote to Gardi chief Sumer Singh Gardi to capture Narayanrao but cruel Anandibai changed just one word and it became the message to kill Narayanrao .
Sumner Singh sent a group of assassins who entered the room of sleeping Narayanrao. Narayanrao woke up and understood he was going to be killed. He ran towards Raghunathrao' chamber and shouted to him "Uncle save me". But he was caught by assassins who brutally assassinated him. They chopped him into pieces and then dumped the body in river."

Deepakkumar Poojari

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