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Aundh Museum Satara
Aundh Museum Satara is located at a 1.45 hours drive from Jakson Inns Phaltan. The Hotel can organize trips for its guests if booked 24 hrs in advance.
The Museum was built by the Raja of Aundh, late Bhawanrao Pantpratinidhi in 1938. The Aundh Museum Satara has 500 miniature paintings of all major schools - Jaipur, Kangra, Mughal, Punjab, Bijapur, Pahadi and Maratha of the period between 15th and 19th century. The Aundh Museum Satara also known as the Shri Bhavani Museum is probably the only museum in India, which has such a large collection. Late Shrimant Bhavanrao alias Balasaheb Maharaj Pantpratinidhi (Raja of Aundh State) was a good artist and lover of art. He had a good collection many paintings, statuary, sculptured pots, weapons and holy books and many more. He wanted to give the benefit of his collection to the people , he established Shri Bhavani Museum & Library in 1938. It has reach collection of articles of sandalwood and ivory, Indian miniature paintings, Bengali/Western paintings, coeval paintings etc. Strong room consist of very valuable ornaments and diamond collection. The museum is open on everyday between 10.00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2p.m. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays. The Museum exhibits mainly the work of Bhawanrao done in his lifetime. The Aundh Museum Satara has various paintings drawn by various well painters such as Rao bahaddur Dhurandhar, Baburao Painter, Satavalekar etc. Three paintings by Raja Ravi Varma is the pride of the Museum. Shri Bhavani Museum also has the famous stone created structure of 'Mother and Child' by Henry Moore. It was last exhibited in Delhi 10 years ago. The museum has four sections entirely devoted to Western paintings that includes Madonna of the Book by Andrea Del Sarto; a Rembrandt self-portrait, In The Prison Of Aurangzeb by A.H. Muller, Beggar Boy by Bartona Morilla, Franciso by L. Goya, Boy Volunteer by G.G. Hierice, Game of Draughts by F. Morelli, Pairs by Cornil and many more.
The Aundh Museum Satara treasures above 8,000 articles and 16,000 texts. Of these numerous books, there are at present 3500 handwritten holy books.