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Bhavani Mandap

Bhavani Mandap, known as 'Glory of the city', is the biggest and the oldest building of Kolhapur. This palace was built during the reign of Shivaji Maharaj II (1785-1800 AD), when Kolhapur became a self-governed state. It has 14 squares. In 1813 the Muslim King Sadatkhan invaded the palace and a part of it was burnt. After repairs only 7 squares have survived.

There is the temple of Kulswamini Tulja Bhavani at the center of the Mandap. A statue to commemorate Shahu Maharaj is located near the hall. The main hall was made tall and splendid during 1926-30. Special 'Zumber' (cluster of lights) from Italy was also fixed. The entrance hall can be seen while passing under a pillared porch that extends out into the town square. This was once used for wedding ceremonies for the poor, financed by the Maharaja. Inside, a large courtyard contains a shrine to the family deity, Bhavani. A variety of stuffed creatures and a statue of the late Maharajah, Shri Shahu Chhatrapati is on display.

Updated on 13th October, 2014
District: Kolhapur

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