Chaskar Wada Kasi Bai 300 years old Parental Home Great Bajirao & Kasi Bai history
When you visit unexplored historical places. Definitely, it will give you immense pleasure. The Chaskar Wada is one of the unexplored historical place near Pune. The Chaskar Wada is the home to Kashi Bai who was the first wife of Shri Mant Bajirao Ballal Bhat Pratham. Shri Mant Bajirao Pratham was a great 7th Peshawa during Chatrapati Sahu Maharaja reign in Maratha Empire.
About Chaskar Wada
The Chaskar Wada ( Home is called Wada in the Marathi Language) is a big haveli almost 280 years old. The main entrance has a portico with a big Door (Darwaza). The door has big nails to protect it from enemies. Inside the portico, both sides have a securities cabin. After the portico, there is a big courtyard. The old weapon like small canon was lying here and there. The predecessor residence structure still initial time, the earlier wall was made from sands now these are bricks walls.
Currently, the ancestors of Kasi Bai’s 10th generation staying in Chaskar Wada. Here I met with Mr. Vitthal Joshi. It was a warm welcome when I entered Chaskar Wada. Vitthal Ji has shown us 1000 years old brass elephant Murti. In spite of being hollow, it was very heavy and it can be easily dismantled and assembled. He has explained to us the great history of the Kashibai Family.
History of Kashi Bai Family
Our native is Talsoor in Konkan region.In the era of Chatrapati Sivaji Maharaja, our ancestors came to this pargana (province) while fighting battles for swarajya they settled here in Chas village. Our ancestors became vatandar (landowners) of this region.
Kashibai’s father build this mansion ( Wada). Kashibai’s uncle was staying in Kalyan (near Thane) and Kashibai used to stay at his uncle’s house in Kalyan. Joshi – Chaskar (our ancestors) proposed Bajirao’s name for the Peshwa position to Shahu Maharaj. Then Shahu Maharaj ordered us to get Kashibai to marry Bajirao.
We used to be bankers of Peshwa’s. Peshwa’s used to get finance from us, after the war they used to return our borrowings. As Shahaji Maharaj had respect and fame in Adilshaha and Nijamshaha darbar ( court), we also had same respect in Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj darbar. The reason behind this marriage was Bajirao will get the strong support of our ancestors. In 1711 Kashibai and Bajirao Peshwa got married at Kalyan that time Kashibai was 7 and Bajirao was of 11 years.
Peshwas had only 2500 Rs that time while our ancestors spent 25000 Rs for weddings. It was a huge amount. We are staying here from that time. My generation is 10 th, I have a son and grandson. This mansion has completed almost 280 yrs old. We feel really proud about this glorious history.
Mastani and Kashibai never stayed together. Mastani was never allowed in Shaniwarwada. Bajirao had built a bungalow for her in Kothrud and he used to go there. However, after the death of Mastani, Kashibai raised mastani’s son as like own son.
We completely disagree and are unhappy with the movie Mastani – Bajirao, which is not real history. No one has discussed with us or even no one seeks our thoughts even during the inauguration of the Bajirao Peshwa statue we were not invited, Mastani’s successors were invited.
How to reach
The Chaskar Wada is 54 km from Pune. First, reach Pune to Rajguru Nagar then take a left turn to Chas village. The Chas village is 12 km from Rajguru Nagar. The navigation link is given below to reach easily.
Chaskar Wada Images
Chaskar wada Vlog
Main Attraction in Chas Village
Apart from this chaskar wada the Kund Mauli Mata Temple can be visited. It is just one km from Chaskar wada on Bima River. It is local Godes Devi in this area. The ancient Someswar temple is very popular. The Pathhole is also the main attraction on Bhima river near Kund Mauli temple.
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