Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum (Kaneri Math)

Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum ('Grama Jivan' simply means Village Life)
Kaneri near Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

This wax museum is one of its kind in India. The museum is called ‘Siddhagiri Gramjivan' Museum

This project is in 'Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math'.

This 'Math' is well known for its 500 year old Shiva Temple which has a 42 feet huge Shiva idol, yet many people are unaware of this museum

This initiative was dream project of Mahatma Gandhi, visually and symbolically created through the vision and efforts of Siddheshwar Trust

The history of self-sufficient village life before invasion of Mughals in Maharshtra is depicted here in the form of wax sculptures.

Each sculpture is life-like and has a multi dimensional effect and lifestyle theme

There were 12 ALUTEDARS (12 main profession-based castes i.e. Professions performed from generation to generations by families) and 18 BALUTEDARS, who provided equipments to all villagers to fulfill their day-to-day necessities (domestic as well as professional)

The museum is spread over 7 acres area and has almost 80 scenes which showcase more than 300 statues.

The simple yet joyful family life

Every aspect of village life has been depicted in this museum.

It is a perfect blend of fact, powerful imagination and enormous hard work in getting the life-like expressions of the whole village

The surrounding countryside is beautiful and is surrounded with lush greenery.

All Welcome to this wonderful Village

(all pics and info from net)*


lakshmi said...

wow they look so beautiful and lively

darsden said...

What an awesome museum and display of life

Rajesh said...

This simply superb. We knew so far only about "madame Tussaud" and were unaware something which is close to real life in our own backyard. Great stuff.

claude said...

Very interesting ! In Paris there is a Wax Museum too.We can see some historic figures and some celebrities, as actors, singers (Mickael Jackson for example)

Vancouver, Canada said...

Wow! Absolutely lifelike! cant tell they are wax sculptures! thanksss so much for sharing Nar!

Tina said...

those are lovely wax works. better than some of ours over here!

Sabu Mangalasserril said...

thats a great post dude.. hope to see more of u !!!

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