Tomb of Mastani - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Mastani was a daughter of a Hindu, Maharaja Chhatrasal (1649-1731), of Bundelkhand, and was borne by his Persian Moslem wife. When a Mohammad Khan Bangash, invaded Chhattrasal's kingdom during 1727-28 and imprisoned him and his family, Chhattrasal sent a secret message, seeking help, to Baji Rao, who came to the rescue of Chhatrasal, defeated Bangash's army, and restored Chhatrasal to his throne. In gratitude, Chattrasal gave Bajirao his daughter Mastani, and also a third of his kigdom. Mastani died in 1740 at Pabal.
Tomb of Mastani - FURTHER INFORMATION
Tomb of Mastani - Pune visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tomb of Mastani' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Maharashtra.
The eighteenth century tomb of Mastani lies just north of Pabal in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. Mastani was a Muslim courtesan, the mistress of Bajirao Peshwa (First), a Hindu who ruled the Maratha empire at the time. Bajirao fell in love with Mastani and eventually married her and she lived with him in Shaniwarwada palace. Records state that Mastani committed suicide after learning of the death of Bajirao, who died of fever when he was camping at Rave while inspecting jagirs en route to Delhi.
In January 2009 the tomb was dug up by presumed grave robbers. The site is venerated by both local Muslims and Hindus, and is one of the tourist attractions in the area.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Pabal is about 60km northwest of Pune, 17km east of Khed and the nearest junction with the NH50 highway.