Listen up, folks! If you thought wax museums were just for big cities like London and Paris, think again!
Head over to the Siddhagiri Museum in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and prepare to be transported back in time to ancient village life in India. This place is spread over 7 acres and has almost 80 scenes depicting Gramjivan, or village life, with over 300 lifelike statues.
It’s like stepping into a time machine and journeying back to the days of self-sufficient village life in Maharashtra, before the Mughals invaded. Each sculpture represents activities performed in daily village life, from the highly educated village priest’s abode to the goldsmith at work, ironsmith shoeing a bullock, and even a barber shop.
You’ll see villagers fetching water from a public well, a grandma stitching a godhadi (quilt), farmers ploughing their fields using a bullock-drawn plow, and even a shepherd boy with his herd of sheep. The scenes even include villagers performing Bhajan and Kirtan, singing Hindu devotional songs.
And the best part? This museum was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, and was created through the vision and efforts of the Siddhagiri Gurukul Foundation.
So not only will you have a blast, but you’ll also be supporting a good cause. What’s not to love?