Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum (Pune) – Collection of Over 20,000 Artefacts!

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Prototype of Taj Mahal !

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune is one of the best museums in Maharashtra. Having a collection of over 20000 artefacts, it has its own unique identity.

Best Time To Visit: Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune remains open to tourist all year round.

Location: Bajirao Road, Shukrawar Peth, Near Abhinav Kala Kendra, Pune, Maharashtra (India) – 411002.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum Information

This museum has a collection done by art lover Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896-1990). He has organised this museum throughout his life alone in the memory of his only loving son – Raja. The museum is located in a beautiful 3-storied building in the Shukrawar Peth part of Pune. It is probably the biggest museum of its kind in the entire world. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune nicely exhibits the ancient culture and traditions of India. It has a collection of more than 20,000 objects. Though this museum is not much popular among tourists, it is among the most excellent museums in Maharashtra.

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Magar Harp !

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About 2,500 artefacts out of 20,000 have kept on the display. Inside Raja Kelkar museum complex, there are also Research and Storage facilities along with the Institute of Musicology & Fine Arts. The museum building has been designed in a Rajasthani architectural style, but the various structural elements of the building elegantly show the culture of the Marathas.Even after the death of Dr Kelkar’s in 1990, Raja dinkar Kelkar museum in Pune has continued showing his passion towards art. It is certainly one of the best places to visit in Pune.

Collection

The collection of this museum contains various artefacts of 14th, 18th and 19th Century, Ornaments made of gold, silver and ivory, musical instruments, vessels, war weapons and many more things. The collection depicts the skills of ancient Indian artists. Many things from Peshwe times can be seen over here. All collection of Raja dinkar Kelkar museum in Pune is divided into various 36 sections such as textiles, coins, musical instruments, writing tools, sculptures, beauty culture, lamps, ivory, toys, arms, terracotta, kitchen utensils, earthenware and tambool. Various paintings, carvings, instruments, door frames, ornaments and other things are worth watching.

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A prototype of Taj Mahal !

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Various artefacts of daily life like lamps, pots, pen and ink stands, containers and nutcrackers are there in this museum. Wooden carved doors-windows from Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala & Karnataka can also be seen over here. Metal articles like bronze idols, locks, ink pots, ritual bowls, kitchen utensils are nice to watch. Raja dinkar Kelkar museum in Pune has a delicate carving of Lord Ganesha on a single grain. The rare idol of  Lord Ganesha with his trunk towards the left can also be seen. All these artefacts represent the ultimate example of various artists. There is also  a collection of late industrialist Chandrashekhar Agashe donated by his son Dnyaneshwar Agashe.

History

Dr Dinkar Kelkar started collecting the various artefacts from the year 1920 till 1960. He had around 15,000 articles by 1960. Dr.Kelkar spent almost 60 years of his life travelling and purchasing objects from all over the India. He visited many rural villages, towns and cities to get artefacts. By hearing of his excellent collections, various friends and family members used to visit him in order to see the collection.

So day by day his collection, as well as visitors, started growing in huge number. He got the help from state government and local bodies to grow his collection. Furthermore, in the year 1962, Dr Dinkar Kelkar gave the charge of his whole collection to the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Maharashtra.

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Mahal of Mastani!

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Mastani Mahal

One another interesting part of Raja dinkar Kelkar museum in Pune is Mastani Mahal. Raja Kelkar tried to depict the palace of Mastani who was the wife of Bajirao Peshwe – I. The collection is very rich as well as interesting. It tells you stories of the time that you don’t see otherwise. It has preserved the marvellous collection of memories of Indian Culture!

TOURIST INFORMATION

Year of Establishment: 1920

Timings: Museum remains open every day of the week from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm. (Except government holidays)

Time Required: 1 hour is enough to see Raja Kelkar museum properly.

Entry fee: Rs 15/- per person for Indian tourists and Rs.100/- per person for foreign tourists.

Contact: You can contact Raja dinkar Kelkar museum in Pune authorities on 91-020-448-2101/ +91 – 020 – 24474466 between 09:30 am to 06:00 pm.

Website: www.rajakelkarmuseum.com

How To Reach

Pune has nice connectivity to all important cities in Maharashtra. One can easily reach Pune via Road, railway and air.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Pune railway station is the closest railhead to reach this museum. The station is about 3.4 kms away from the museum. Auto-rickshaws and buses are easily available inside the city.
  • Nearest Airport: Pune airport (12 kms) is the nearest airport to the museum.

Stay: Pune has a wide range of hotels suitable for all budgets. Various luxury- semi-luxury and budget hotels offer comfortable accommodation and amenities.

Eating Stuff: As Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune is situated inside the main city, there are lots of restaurants nearby it.

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