Panpoi at Shirwal
Research & Documentation | Heritage Conservation | Restoration
Location – Mumbai – Bengaluru Highway Road, Shirwal, Satara
The Panpoi at Shirwal is one of its kind in terms of it form, layout and design. As the name suggests, it houses through two water storage elements and a structure to provide shade. Such systems were familiar on trade routes in Western Deccan region of Maharashtra. The social and cultural value that it resonates through the idea of a service for others is the main asset of the built form. It is built in basalt stone ranging over a height of 300-600mm. The structure is very simple and the crux of it completely lies in the interlocking of stones.
By initiatives of local heritage enthusiasts namely Mr. Chandrashekhar Shelke under the guidance of Ar. Rahul Chemburkar of Vaastu Vidhaan, Mumbai, Dr. Sachin Joshi of Deccan College, Pune, the activity of proper cleaning of the site, documentation and onsite numbering of the stones was undertaken along with the students of Bricks College of architecture, Pune.
Vaastu Vidhaan has taken the initiative to sensitize the locals to preserve and restore the structure because of its uniqueness as a historic marker. Documentation of this structure will form a base for further comprehensive conservation initiatives.