Today I am going to share the landmark of the princely state of Kolhapur. It is none other than New Shahu Palace of Kolhapur.
On the glasses, there you can see the painted life events of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Along with other literature, you can also see the letter from Government General of India and British Viceroy.
Also, at Chhatrapati Shahaji Museum you can see the sword of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
There you also find the Tiger heads, Black Buck, Staring Wild Buffalo, Black Panther, Wild Boar, Lion, various varieties of Deer, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Stuffed Tigers, and a Himalayan Black Bear.
The Durbar hall has extensive height in the middle of court. Side walls are decorated with display lobed arches filled with stained glasses.
Stained glasses was painted with beautiful scenaru illustrating the events in life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosale.
Columns inside the palace has brackets supporting the balcony above of cast iron. Brackets felt like one we seen in the Indian temples.
At the end of court hall, beautifully placed elevated throne can be seen. Also large photographs of Shahu Maharaj can be seen with his hundredth hunted Tiger, elephant hunts, and details of Cheetah taining.
New Shahu Palace of Kolhapur was build in 7 years between 1877 to 1884.
New Shahu Palace was built for residence of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj. After Shahu Maharaj it might be used for residence by next generations.
Today, now it is converted as tourist destination and from royal family Chhatrapati Shahaji living in a palace.
The New Shahu Palace was located at Bahvani Mandap at Kasaba Bawada Road.
Yes, at ground floor the Shahu Palace converted into Chhatrapati Shahaji museum
Charges of Chhatrapati Shahji Museum are as below:
Physically Challenged: Free( ticket essential)
Childrens: Rs. 6/-(uniform)
Adults: Rs. 18/-
School Excursion: Rs. 6/-(Std I to VII), Rs. 12/-(Std VIII to Std X)
Army/Police Personnel: Rs. 12/-(uniform)
9:00 AM-1.00 PM
2.30 PM- 6.00 PM
Note: Monday O
New Shahu Palace is the Royal palace and significant landmark of Kolhapur. Its contruction started in 1877 and remained under contruction for 7 years and completed in 1884.
Entire build is build with polished black stone and it attracts huge amound of crowd every year.
The grand palace has large premises and garden. In front of main gate there was eye catching fountains. There was also a wrestling ground where once used to organize competitive events.
The main clock-tower of building is eight-angled with huge clock in the middle. That clock was fixed in year 1877 CE.
Once the building was used as residence house by Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur. He was also known as Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj.
What is the relation of Chhatrapati Shahu of Kolhapur and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj?
Instead of not having direct blood relation with Chhatrapati Shivaji, he was really popular because of his social reforms and developments.
Chhatrapati Shahaji Museum was at the ground floor of New Shahu Palace of Kolhapur. It identified as memorials of generations of Kolhapur rulers. Inside the palace museum we can see the royal way of existence.
In the museum you can see the each possessions of Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur. The possessions includes the weapons, embroidery, jewellery, costumes, games, and paraphernalia including elephant saddles.
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