Of the love that refused to die: Mastani Mahal, Pune

Close your eyes, fall in love. Stay there. 

– Rumi

Love touches everyone. We all experience love & all that it brings with itself: excitement, change and pain. And even after all the pain and change, we don’t bat an eyelid before falling in love again.

They say that love knows nothing. It’s blind. And indeed, it is. When you love someone, you just do it – free of any reservations or restrictions. It’s only then when you choose to act on it, all hell breaks loose.

One such story of pain, change & love is of Maratha general Peshwa Bajirao & the gorgeous daughter of Maharaja Chhatrasal, Mastani Bai.

Peshwa was married to Kashibai when he met Mastani. Love blossomed and they both decided to spend their lives together. The world tried hard to separate them, but only made them more popular so much so that ‘Bajirao-Mastani’ became a legend.

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Peshwa Bajirao constructed an exclusive palace for Mastani and named it, ‘Mastani Mahal’. The remains of Mastani Mahal can be seen in Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum of Pune. If you happen to be in or around Pune, plan a visit to the museum and Mastani Mahal over a weekend. It will be worth it.

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Mastani’s death is a mystery. Noone knows for certain how she died. Soon after coming to know of the death of Bajirao, Mastani gave in and left the mortal world for good.

While they left the world, their love remained. And the world remembers, Bajirao-Mastani! 

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