Joshi Wada by Baji J. Ram Rao

The Joshi wada is a small Peshwa-era homestead (6,400 sq. ft. of land), located in Sadashiv Peth, Pune, India.

Located at 1420, Sadashiv Peth, this wada was built in 1774 by V. S. S. Ganeshbhatt Joshi.

In 1773, mutiny by the Council of twelve (बारभाईंचे कारस्थान) had overthrown Raghunath Rao as Peshwa. The governance of the Maratha Empire was in the hands of Nana Phadnavis, regent for the infant Sawai Madhav Rao Peshwa.

Frontage of Joshi Wada

India's freedom fighter Vasudeo Balwant Phadke(1845-1883), lived 15 years, in this wada from 1865 until 1879.

The north-south road on which the wada is located is named Krantiveer Vasudeo Phadke Path, after him

Heritage Plaque

The tenants of the Wada still pay monthly rents such as Rs. 3/- and Rs. 5/- per month -- rents which haven't been corrected for inflation, over two centuries!

In the present day, one of the apartments within the Wada (northwest corner) is also home to a software products company, "Whitehedge Software", building logistics and transportation software.

Shri Lakshmi-Nrusimha temple (श्री लक्ष्मी-नृसिंह मंदिर)

Within the wada, back in 1774, Ganeshbhatt Joshi established a Shri Lakshmi-Nrusimha temple (श्री लक्ष्मी-नृसिंह देउळ). 

Joshi wada and Nrusinha temple

The idol(मूर्ति) was brought from Panchvati (Nashik Dist.). It is made of polished white marble and has a silver crown and ornaments. The Lord's reposing seat -- the thousand headed divine serpent -- Aadishesha is also made of silver.

The temple has woodwork similar to that in the Vishrambaug Wada, and Nana Wada at Menavli.

The temple itself is roughly 75 feet long east-west and 28 feet wide north-south.
It is located in the South East corner of the Wada.