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)*