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Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Description :

The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is situated Near Bajirao Road, Shukawar peth in Pune, Maharashtra. It consists the collection of Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896-1990); the museum is dedicated to the memory of his only son Raja, Who died an untimely sad death. The 3 story building houses many sculptures dating back to the 14th century. There are also collection of ornaments made of ivory and collection of silver and gold, musical instruments, war weapons and vessels, etc.A testimony to man’s imaginative spirit. A man who for over 60 years, traveled extensively around the country – to inconspicuous villages and tribal settlements, to important temples and inferior huts, to unnoticed attics and folk fares. The compilation had raised to around 15,000 items.

In the year 1962, Dr Dinkar handed over his whole collection to the Department of Archaeology, Government of Maharashtra. Today, the collection features of more than 20,000 articles and items, out of which major items date back to somewhere in between 18th and 19th century. Inside the museum only 2500 particles have been displayed. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum of pune also has much elegant collection of musical instruments. The other items and articles include Mughal antiques like paintings, instruments, lamps etc.

There is extraordinary compilation of Ganpati’s guns, carved palace doors, nutcrackers, pottery etc. The museum also houses a recreation of the illustrious Mastani Mahal. Other designs inside its complex consists storage and Research facilities and the institute of Musicology and fine arts. The ground floor of this Museum exposes household vessels made of terracotta, brass and copper. These items and articles date back to the 18th and 19th century and were buyed from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Kerala.

Another floor of the museum is altered with statues of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess parvati. The paintings here depicting incidents from the Great Indian Epic Ramayana. Armors made of crocodile skins and fish scales, long barreled muskets, pistols, swords, shields and little cannons are other items on exposed inside the Museum of pune. Lime containers, spittons and Betel boxes used by the Maharajas have also been exhibited here.

The timings to visit the museum by tourists are 9:00 am to 6:00pm.