Bhavani Mandap was an important meeting venue in yesteryears. On exhibit here is a modest wooden throne believed to have been used by Shivaji Maharaj on his visits to Kolhapur, strengthening the idea that the great Maratha warrior king was more a man on a mission with little regard for pomp and conceit. The Bhavani Mandap housed the offices of various court officials and was the site of many celebrations. It also bore witness to a famous murder in the central courtyard.
The place has an old world charm and distinctive architecture of the British Raj. A life size statue of Kolhapur’s most beloved king Shahu Maharaj graces the Bhavani Mandap. On display here are stuffed animals actually hunted by Ch. Shahu Maharaj including a huge bison, panthers, a pair of deer, bringing alive memories of the rich princely state Kolhapur used to be then.
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