Siddhagiri Museum: A Replica Of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dream Village

Kolhapur is a historic city on the banks of the Panchaganga River, in the west Indian state of Maharashtra.It’s an empire of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and very famous for temples like Mahalaxmi Temple, Jotiba Temple, Bhavani Mandap, Khidrapur ancient temple and Panhala Fort, Rankala Lake, New Palace of Shahu Maharaj, Shalini Palace etc. If you are planning to travel and explore Kolhapur then do not miss to visit Siddhagiri math which will give you a chance to explore 1200 years old Shiva temple and Wax Museum showcasing a village life.

Siddhagiri Math is around 10 kms away from Kolhapur city and 4kms away from Pune – Banglore National Highway (NH4).The village life project is developed at Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math, Kaneri, Tal. Karveer, Dist. Kolhapur, Maharashtra.This project is a recreation of self-sufficient village life envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi.The project has come to life through the vision and efforts of the present Mathadhipati H.H. Kadsiddheshwar Swamiji.

The Siddhgiri Math welcomes you with the big statue of Lord Mahadev and Nandi. Which really gives you feeling that your God is much bigger than any of your problems.

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You may start the beautiful journey toward village life by darshan of 1200 years old Shiva temple. The temple is carved in black rocks which gives you very cool vibes and peace.

 

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1200 years old Shiva Temple
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Nandi and Shivlinga
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Entrance to temple

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and this cute Ganesha welcomes you!

 

After darshan, you may lead to Museum and get ready to lose in a beauty of compassionate village life.Here you may feel like all the statues are alive and all the scenes are real as the statues are made with so perfection that all the expressions look very real.

 

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A big entrance of a museum

 

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Great study and deep research have been gone into making this unusual museum. The museum currently spans over 7 acres of land where 80 scenes of village life and around 300 life-size statues of humans and domestic animals are on display in open natural surroundings.

The Museum starts with a big cave and it takes you through narrow paths with some beautiful statues of monks, Hindu Gods and some great personalities who invented great theories and practices for us.

Most of the statues depict various inter-dependent 12 caste-based professions (12 Balutedars) and 18 related occupations(18 Alutedars) that were then in existence in a largely agrarian society. Every scene shows how these 12 balutedars, 18 alutedars, and other people serve society and live their day to day life.

 

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The Old Chemistry labs
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Farmers
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Sonar (Jweller)
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Cutlery shop
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Musical Instruments makers
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Iron pots maker (Lohar)
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Pan Maker
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Clay Toys seller

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Sweets Makers (Halwai)
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Clay Pots Maker (Kumbhar)
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Agarbatti Sellers(Scented sticks sellers)
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Mango Seller
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Wooden crockery shop
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Rath Yatra
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Palakhi

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Astrologist
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travelers taking rest
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People who put nal to bull
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Barber
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Farmer
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People bringing water from well
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Mother grinding wheat in old grinder made of rock called as jate
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People who sharpen the knifes and scissors
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Mother Cooking in a kitchen

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Gardener’s Home

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Shoemakers (Chambhar)

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This place takes almost one day to explore every scene and statue. This is the best place to have a one day trip with your beloved family.

Some more information:

Entry Fees: 120rs/- for Adults and some 20rs./- parking charges

Facilities available:

  • Food courts where you can have kolhapuri food for some reasonable rates
  • Spacious Parking Area
  • SBI ATM (But don’t rely on it because it may be running out of cash in rush seasons)
  • Khadi clothes shop
  • Local products mall where you can buy products made in Kolhapur.
  • Clean washrooms

How to reach:  Map – Kolhapur To Kaneri Math (Siddhgiri Museum)

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By Air: There is an airport located nearby ‘Ujalaiwadi’ – 9 km away from Kolhapur.
Once you reach Kolhapur airport you can take KMT or book cabs.

By Rail: Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus railway station is the nearest railway station.Once you reach Railway Station you will have to catch a KMT bus for Kagal, Kaneri from Kolhapur bus stand( near Kolhapur railway station). If it is ‘Kaneri‘ Bus then it will directly reach you to Siddhagiri Museum which is situated at Kaneri Math. If you catch ‘Kagal‘ bus then get down at Kaneri MIDC and catch an auto from there for Kaneri Math.

By State Transport buses: Catch a bus for ‘Kaneri MIDC’. There are many buses which will go to Kaneri MIDC. Some of the buses are for ‘Chandrapur‘, ‘Chandgad‘, ‘Kagalwhich halt at Kaneri MIDC.

 By your own vehicle: This location is on the Pune Banglore highway at Gokul Shiragaon MIDC or Kaneri MIDC.

 

Happy Travelling!

Till next blog,

Loads of Love,

Gouri ❤

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Vivek says:

    Beautiful article ,capturing lot of intricate details about the place. Also reflects a lot of pre-work that went in getting the historic details . Highly recommended reading.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. gourisays says:

      Thank You Vivek for your kind words!

      Like

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