Namaskar!

    I am Nitin Dhepe, a proud entrepreneur based in the historically-rich, prosperous and extremely positive city of Pune. I would like to let you know my concept behind building Dhepewada. My creation, Dhepewada is about preserving and promoting classic Maratha architecture in the most elaborate and rich form and reintroduce it in the contemporary context!
    We understand from authoritative sources that Dhepewada is the only new structure constructed in last 200years based on Maratha architecture.  To put things in perspective, Maratha architecture has history close to 350 years starting around 1641 with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s rule when he commenced the reconstruction of monuments destroyed by the Mughals.His zeal and zest were matched by his successors till the Peshwa era(till 1818). The intervening period from 1645 to 1818 is considered the golden age of Maratha Architecture which found inspiration from Mughal, Rajasthani, Gujarati and South Indian architecture. Build from locally available material and backed by rock-solid architectural norms, these have stood the test of time though some are in urgent need of repairs.
    Some of the known “wadas” are: 
    -          Purandarewada at Saswad, 
    -          Kadamwada and BabujiNaikwada at Baramati, 
    -          Rastewada, Vishrambaugwada and Shaniwar Wada in Pune  
    -          Those constructed by the then Sardars, Patils and Deshmukhs
    These wadas tell their own stories, have their own characteristics and have set milestones in history both on the regional and national level. In Northern India Wada is known as ‘Haveli’ and in Southern India it is known as ‘Wid’ or ‘Tarwad’. 

    After 1818, during British regime Common people too have constructed various sizes and designs of wadas in all parts of Maharashtra. From then, a culture got developed which is fondly named as wada culture.
    The intention behind building these colossal structures was not only to provide shelter but also influence life and make it memorable. With several generations being housed under one roof, it is but obvious that a stated tradition and culture was maintained for ages. Respect for the elderly, the very young and the infirm was inculcated right from birth.
    One essential feature where a “Wada” prevailed over independent accommodation was that there was no concept of loneliness which is common in today’s “independent, private” living with demand for individual space. Those wadas had more of common spaces such as courtyards, backyards, etc. naturally communication amongst the people staying in wada was more compared to latest flat system.
    Occasions right from birth to the last breath had people coming together. Be it an engagement, marriage, mangalagauri, diwali or Sankrant, everyone in the wada was invited. The most important was the space for the women of the house, they were to enjoy togetherness through, haldikunku, bhondale, valwan etc. Children in wada were to enjoy recitations like barakhadi (Marathi alphabets), prayers, songs sung, games played collectively in the evening ....how could you ever feel bored or alone?
    Times and circumstances change and with them go an entire way of life. Wadas too have gone that way....unfortunately. The joint family is in disarray today with those feeling dominated thinking of their own little shelter. Economics too have played a major role in this!
    Being a developer by profession, I went through a phase where old wadas had to be demolished in order to give way to new construction in form of residential apartments. Doing so, I always felt guilty of being instrumental in wiping off memories of a glorious past. This led me to think on how I could present the same to the world!
    Having dreamt of constructing wadas instead of buildings where given a chance to, it was in grievance that I finally found the determination to turn my dreams into reality and introduce to those who have experienced it and especially to the young generations to experience a culture, a sanskar filled with love, joy and mutual respect. Yes, priceless it is. And like a priceless piece of art, this too is slowly disappearing into oblivion with changing times and mores. Being so close to my heart, I have taken it upon myself to recreate the magic of old times and present it to the next generation and beyond who may in good measure be completely unaware of its significance and beauty. Believe me, there are things from the past which are just as (if not more!) interesting and joyful as i-pads, cars and high-end malls. It is difficult to describe them in words! What comes to my mind is simplicity, grandeur and an unstated charm and elegance.
    When I decided to construct Dhepewada, I found that tourism will be the best option through which I can retain our Marathi culture.
    I knew that my investment, maintenance of wada and the income  from tourism will never be in proportion. But all these things were negligible before my dream. I wanted to supervise the entire construction process to provide a perfect shape to each and every part of the wada which I have experienced and also wanted to enjoy the entire process.  
    It would have remained a distant dream had it not been for the blessings of stalwarts and the invaluable guidance of an expert in Maratha Architecture, Dr. Avinash Sowani and unending hard work of my family members, all my colleagues !
    Feeling proud to tell you that I got the patent for this ‘Wada’ concept from the government of India on 14th January 2016. Not only Indians but also people from abroad come here to experience this culture and no doubt they enjoy and admire the Wada. events like engagements, marriage, family get together are arranged over here.
    With folded hands and bowed head, I present this monument to you (our atithies). I request you to bring along your family and experience  this Wada culture! You will definitely feel like you are actually living in that era when our old traditional culture and and Maratha architecture was at its zenith! 

    NitinDhepe