One of the lesser-known but absolutely marvelous places to visit in Pune is the Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum. A collection of artifacts by Dr. Dinkar Kelkar, the museum is dedicated to Dr. Kelkar’s only son, Raja. It contains a large collection of pan-Indian furniture, utensils, hookahs, puppets jewelry and also musical instruments. It houses around 20,000 articles all collected by Dr. Kelkar himself. It comprises of a recreation of the historic Mastani Mahal (home to Bajirao’s Mastani) and the Institute of Musicology and fine arts.
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The household vessels placed in the museum are belong to the 18th and 19th century and are made of terracotta, copper and brass. They have been collected from various parts of India like Kerala, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Other interesting objects in the museum include idols of Indian Gods and paintings depicting scenes from the epic Ramayana. You can also see warrior armours made of fish scales and crocodile skin and several old weapons belonging to the bygone era. Even after Dr. Kelkar’s demise in 1990, the museum continues to serve as a resting place for his passion for history.
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