Today I am going to share the landmark of the princely state of Kolhapur. It is none other than New Shahu Palace of Kolhapur.
What to see at 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 were painted with beautiful scenary 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.
When was Shahu Palace Constructed?
New Shahu Palace of Kolhapur was build in 7 years between 1877 to 1884.
Who lives in Shahu Place?
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.
Where is Shahu Palace located?
The New Shahu Palace was located at Bahvani Mandap at Kasaba Bawada Road.
Is Shahu Palace a Museum?
Yes, at ground floor the Shahu Palace converted into Chhatrapati Shahaji museum
What are the Charges for 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)
What is the Timing of New Shahu palace?
9:00 AM-1.00 PM
2.30 PM- 6.00 PM
Note: Monday O
History of New Shahu Palace of Kolhapur
New Shahu Palace is the Royal palace and a significant landmark of Kolhapur. Its construction started in 1877 and remained under construction for 7 years till 1884.
Features of New Shahu Palace
Entire building is built with polished black stone and it attracts huge amount of crowd every year.
The grand palace has large premises and garden. In front of the main gate, there were eye-catching fountains. There was also a wrestling ground where once used to organize competitive events.
The main clock-tower of the building is eight-angled with a huge clock in the middle. That clock was fixed in year 1877 CE.
Residence of Shahuji Maharaj of Kolhapur
Once the building was used as residence house by Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur. We also knew him as Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj.
What is the relation of Chhatrapati Shahu of Kolhapur and Chhatrapati Shivaji?
Instead of not having direct blood relation with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, he was really popular. It is because of his social reforms and developments.
Chhatrapati Shahaji Museum at Shahu Palace
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.
Holdings of Shahuji Maharaj
In the museum, you can see each possession of Chhatrapati of Kolhapur. The possessions include the weapons, embroidery, jewellery, costumes, games, and paraphernalia, including elephant saddles.