Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum was established by Padmashree Dr D G Kelkar in the memory of his son Raja who had met with an untimely tragic death.
This museum showcases artefacts religiously collected from all over India by the late Dr Kelkar , his late wife Sau Kamlabai and daughter Sau Rekha Hari Ranade. The museum is presently being managed by Shri Sudhanva Ranade.
There are priceless antiques, handicrafts, kitchen utensils,musical instruments,locks,weapons, armour, statuetes, paintings, intricately carved doors, windows etc made in wood, stone,metal,ivory etc on display.
There is also a recreation of the Mastani Mahal in the memory of Mastani the beautiful concubine of Peshwa Bajirao I.
The Kelkar museum situated at Natu Baug, off Bajirao Road,Shukrawar Peth is a testimony of one mans tireless quest for the most exquisite collectibles and their juxtaposition under one roof for the world to see.
pic: Varaha carrying Bhudevi
pic: fish scale armour
pic:zodiac sign wheel
pic: Ganesh on horseback
pic: four headed Ganesha
pic: light show puppetry
pic: 5 headed Hanuman
pic: Vithoba Rahi Rakhumabai
pic: crocodile skin armour
pic: Iron plate armour
Address: Natu Baug, off Bajirao road,Pune.
Timings: 9 am- 6 pm
Entry fee: Rs 20/- + 150/- for use of camera.
Text and Photographs : Abhijit Rajadhyaksha