Mastani Mahal recreated at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

14 Sep

Mastani Mahal was a palace built by Bajirao I for his second wife Mastani. Stories and movies related to Mastani are well known to the people. It was named after this leading lady of immense beauty and skills. He built this palace for Mastani at Kothrud. After a long time of negligence, the palace fell into ruins. Mrityunjaya Temple, along with few other ruins, is now what remains at the site.


Painting of Mastani

It was Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar who preserved some of its remnant when the palace was dismantled. He tried to recreate the beauty of Mastani Mahal’s inside architecture in Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. Dinkar Kelkar was an ardent art collector, so he transplanted the fine wooden pillars and wall paintings to his museum in Pune.


Replica of Mastani Mahal in Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

There is a special section inside the museum that is dedicated to the legacy of Mastani Mahal. Its living room assembled the old carpenters work. The replicated architecture inside the museum reveals the intricate design and woodcarving. The breathtaking furnishing recalls the atmosphere of the home of Mastani, whose portrait on glass is also presented in the museum. It is a lesser know, but a great place to visit in Pune.

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Replica of Mastani Mahal in Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

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Mirror in Mastani Mahal


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8 responses to “Mastani Mahal recreated at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

  1. frizztext

    September 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    second picture: a wonderful room for music!

  2. Sonnja

    September 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  3. Margie

    September 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I have been on a lovely trip to India, thanks to you and your site! Cheers, and many thanks for stopping by my space and leaving a comment.

  4. ventisqueras

    September 15, 2013 at 1:54 am

    amo moltissimo questi vecchi palazzi sontuosi, la grazie elegante degli arredi
    sono molto lieta di avere conosciuto il tuo blog
    a presto

    I love so much these old sumptuous palaces, with elegant furnishings
    I am very pleased to have known your blog
    See you soon

  5. shannaduffyphotography

    September 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is just beautiful!! I love all of the color and texture!

  6. Anjali

    September 16, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Hi Swati love your posts, I must check out mastani mahal, their is a lot of mystery attached to it due the alluring beauty that she is described as. Bajirao and Mastani are to Marathas what Romeo and Juliet are to the world.

  7. Vikram

    February 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Nice article, I would like to add small detail about Mastani Mahal, It is not a replica but original Mastani Mahal was reconstructed in the Museum using same material.


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