Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is an anthology of Indian artefacts near the Dagdusheth Temple. It’s a one-man collection of Dr. D. G. Kelkar, of over 20,000 artefacts, making it one of the best places to visit near Dagdusheth Ganpati Pune.
Dr. Kelkar has been obsessed with travelling and art. He travelled across the country and got something for his collection whenever he spotted anything exotic.
From villages and tribal settlements to grand temples, every place had something to add to his collection. The museum has items of stone, wood, ivory, and various other elements representing Indian culture and traditions.
Dr. Kelkar built this museum in the memory of his son Raja, who suffered an untimely death. This three-storeyed building has Mughal-era lamps, musical instruments, and an excellent pottery collection on its display. The collection also includes different statues of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati.
Carved palace doors, terracotta, copper and brass vessels, and paintings are some of the other things put out for the public to see.
But the most attractive feature of Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is the recreation of Mastani Mahal palace. With its artistic decor, grand chandeliers and gorgeous paintings, the room has a vibe like the original palace.