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An eighteenth century landmark of Pune city that was owned by a temple trust is being conserved on the lines of scientific and contemporary norms… Read More
An eighteenth century landmark of Pune city that was owned by a temple trust is being conserved on the lines of scientific and contemporary norms of practice in heritage conservation. Read Less

One of Punes’ finest places of Architectural, social and religious importance where sculpture, craft, painting and sensible planning converge. The most popular shopping haven for housewives and the most introspective spaces free of noise and sound pollution and a unique heritage of Urban Design that has sustained for over two centuries. Some of the finest woodwork, stonework, lime stuccowork are seen in this ageing precinct.

Very few spaces and buildings of the Peshwa era survive in Pune today out of which the enduring charm of the Tulshibag Ram Mandir Precinct is largely intact and deserves attention
Historic Importance
After the battle of Panipat in 1761 Naro Appaji Khire (Tulshibagwale) started the construction of Tulshibag to boost the morale of the people of Pune.
Shrimant Naro Appaji Khire (Tulshibagwale) (1700-1775) was the Subhedar of Pune from 1751 to 1775
Work on the Tulshibag commenced in 1763 and was completed in 1795 at a cost of Rs 1,36,667 and it covers an area of about an acre.
In 1884 Mr. Nandram Naik completed the work of the spire (shikhar) and the Sabhamandap at a cost of about Rs 30,000.

One of the smallest shrines of this temple complex has an interesting image of the reclining figure of Lord Vishnu 9the preserver among the holy trinity where the other two are the creator and the destroyer), lying on the body of the mighty serpent 'Shesh" who hold a canopy of five heads over that of Vishnu. The five consorts of Shesh are seen at the bottom while the other gods of the Hindu Pantheon are seen, notably the goddess of wealth Laxmi at the feet of Vishnu.
Paintings of peacocks in the niches.
'Abashi' styled painting of the eagle god 'Garuda'.
A traditional tempera styled painting (called 'Abashi') that was commonly used in temple precincts in Maharashtra is found in this precinct. The subject here is the monkey god 'Hanuman'.
One of the most magnificent and revered sites and landmarks of Pune city this spire was once one of the tallest of all in the city.
Sheer dexterity in the use of lime stucco plaster with images of saints and important persons from the city are found on this temple spire that are in need of urgent but careful and sensitive repairs.
Traditional wood woork as found in the loft of the temple. This needed few repairs which were conducted while conserving this late eighteenth century wood work.
The need of conservation

The timberwork of the roofs has been repaired and necessary replacements made. Excess timbers were removed to retain the essential features of the historic woodwork. The Basalt stone floor that was damaged due to bad repairs in cement is being replaced with new stonework in the traditional style. The Ramji Devasthan Trust that is run from the home of Mr. Babasaheb Tulshibagwale is in need of an office to run the affairs of the trust. 

Relatively large stone bases have been sculpted out of basalt stone to insert as base for column as the original column was eaten by termites!
Foundation repair works in progress where jacks were used to insert stone bases below columns without disturbing the work above.
The 'koyri' shaped voids in the woodwork are typical of traditional motifs used on fabrics or any other ornamentation.
Stone bases were inserted for all columns to prevent settlement of foundations caused by termite eaten bases.
Enamel paint was removed from the entire woodwork to reveal a rich texture of the traditional woodwork.
The carved stone base being inserted below the great timber column.
Use of crowbars to lever the base in position and ropes to pull the base into its position were employed to place the stone base in position.
The team of Site Engineer Mr Pradeep Khaladkar, Trustee Mt Bharat Tulshibagwale, Architect Kiran Kalamdani, Trustee Gautam Tulshibagwale, Trustee Dr Shishir Tulshibagwale and Trustee Mr Suhas Tulshibagwale
The restored Spire of the Ganesh Temple
The restored parts of the temple spire using lime mixed with pigments.