(Last Updated on : 01/04/2011)
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is one of the prominent sights to visit in Pune. This is a museum which was created by Dr Dinkar Kelkar who made a collection of various sculptures, ornaments made by ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, war weapons and vassels which can be dated back to 14th century. He started the collection from 1920 and finally handed it over to the Department of Archeology in association with Government of Maharashtra. Overall the museum had a collection of 15000 items in 1960 which has now been raised to 20,000 items. Out of the 20,000 items only 2500 items are on display.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum largely displays the items which include the decorative items of everyday life and other decorative items which belong to the 18th and 19th century. The museum also includes a superb collection of Indian artists that depict the art and culture of India. With a wide collection of door frames, vessels, ornaments, musical instruments, paintings and carvings this museum is considered to be one of the well maintained museums of Pune
. Along with thia a major part of the museum is dedicated to Baji Rao Peshwa's Queen Mastani which is known as Mastani Mahal. This includes the possessions of the queen. The three storeyed building of Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum also include a unique statue of Lord Ganesha
which shows the trunk of the Ganesha on the right side. This unique figure adds to the curiosity of the visitors.
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