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Chatrapati Shivaji Museum Mumbai Maharashtra

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum which is also known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India was established by an efficient by collaborating with the government during the call of 20th century. It is believed that he took such initiative to preserve the legacy of Maratha warrior or the founder of Maratha dynasty Lord Shivaji. Perched perfectly within the centre of the Mumbai the museum was inducted by the dignitaries to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. Historical Facts It was during the call of early 19th century active citizens of Bombay decided to construct a museum to praise the visit of Prince of Wales and soon after their commitment they passed the resolution to construct the same. We must understand that the foundation stone of the museum was laid by the Prince in 1905 and during 1907 the government of the Bombay state agreed to grant a piece of land to proceed with the plan. During the course of 1909 George Wittet was assigned with the task to design the museum. The construction of the museum was completed in 1915 and during the phase of erection it received many fold grants from government bodies and foreign dignitaries. Soon after its completion it was used as a children’s welfare centre and military hospital before handing it over to the committee. The museum was inaugurated in grant manner by Lady Llyod in 1922 and at present it is maintain and developed by the Bombay municipal corporation. During the phase of 1990 the museum was renamed as Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and within the walls of it one would have lifetime opportunity to see the unique and historic collection of narrative phase. Architectural Importance Sprawled over an area of around 12,142.23 square meters the building of the museum is elegantly surrounded by the lawns of palm trees and blossoms. The entire stand of edifice which is structured by using basalt and Kurla stones speaks the volume of wisdom beside that its rectangular formation which is complimented by a dome at the base makes it astounding. The building of the museum is built by using Western Indian and Indo-Saracenic style of architecture beside that it incorporates elements of Mughal, Maratha and Jain architecture. Central entrance of the museum from where the majestic dome arises ornate the class of it beside that the flecks of blue and white tiles along with lotus petal base adds more glory to its architectural stands. The interior designs of the museum incorporate columns, railings and balconies and the pavilion which is placed below Maratha balcony divides the section according to its classification. The recent prospect of the museum created the space of 30000 square feet where five new galleries were successfully installed to incite the glory of historic days. Collection of the Museum The huge compilation of museum that covers around 50000 arte facts speaks the volume of their conservation. The museum as a whole is classified into three sections namely art, archaeology and natural history. The forestry section of the museum displays the timbers grown during the time of Bombay presidency beside that it has geological compilation of rocks, minerals and fossils. The maritime Heritage gallery of the museum is amongst the most prestigious section where traveler would have an opportunity to review the glory of bygone era. Tourism Importance From tourism point of view it connotes huge importance because it not exhibits the brilliance of architecture but it’s amazing and exclusive allows traveler to understand the history of Maratha and India as a whole.
Anjali Kohli - About the Author:
Astrologers Pt. Narayan Bhatt (Founder of Birth Time Rectification, Vedic Horoscope Astrology Online) is a famous Astrologer, Palmist, Indian Vedic Horoscope Astrology and Vastu Consultant from Delhi NCR India.
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