Town Hall Museum Kolhapur – Witness to History

The next stop on our way was the Town Hall Museum Kolhapur. It was a very short distance away from the temple and we reached the place within a few minutes. This was another popular tourist spot in the city and attracted a lot of tourists every year. Many of the local schools brought their students to this museum as well, so that the students could get an idea about the past. This building is the only one in the whole city of Kolhapur to be built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Charles Mant constructed the building between 1872 and 1876. Our driver once again played the role of our guide and accompanied us inside the museum. The present authorities of the museum have managed it really well and preserved the building with utmost care.

Town Hall Museum Kolhapur

Town Hall Museum Kolhapur I Image Resource : wikimedia.org

A couple of European canons are displayed at the entrance of the museum and one of them dates back to the year 1609. The museum mainly had a lot of items from the Satavahana period. These were excavated from the Brahmagiri Hill, which is located nearby. There are a variety of such items like – A medallion which had Hellenistic figures on I, an elephant with riders on it, Poseidon’s (Greek god) figurines, beads, coins and fragments of pottery from that region. As photography was not allowed inside the museum, I had left my camera in our car itself. There are other sculptures depicting female musicians from the Mahalaxmi temple in graceful poses. The finest among them was that of a female attendant who was bearing a flying whisk. We also saw an old Bronze bell that was originally meant to be displayed at the Mahalaxmi Temple. This bell was bought by the authorities from Vasai during the year 1939.

The items displayed were regularly taken care of by the attendants and staff of the Museum. The Town Hall Museum Kolhapur stood as a testimony to the existence of human beings in the region and their culture. The driver explained to us the various cultural beliefs of the place. We left for the Radhanagari Dam after that.

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