Made by Shahaji Bhonsale for his wife Jijabai and son Shivaji in 1630 AD, this red palace has gone down in history for several reasons. First, Shivaji stayed here for several years. Second, this is where Shivaji and Shaista Khan had an encounter and Shivaji cut off his fingers as he was trying to escape from one of the fort windows. While the old Lal Mahal was ruined over the years, the current building is a reconstruction. The records of the Peshwas also suggest that feasts were organised for the Brahmins as part of the thread-tying ceremony (saboda) for the son of Chimaji Appa. Located in the heart of Pune city, this palace holds precious tales of yore in its ancient walls.

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