Did you know India has a wax museum too? A unique and superb wax museum, named ‘Siddhagiri Gramjivan (Village life) Museum’ located at Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math, Kaneri near Kolhapur. Many of us don’t have any information about this museum, so we have provided some information about this museum through this article.
Siddhagiri Gramjivan (Village life) Museum displays special features of Gramjivan (village life). In Marathi language, ‘Gram’ means ‘village’ and ‘jivan’ means ‘life’. The museum has approximately 80 scenes which showcase more than 300 statues. The statues in this museum are so real that nobody can realize that they are made of WAX. It is spread over 7 acres of area. The surrounding around the museum is very calm and quiet, a hilly place with a good collection of Flora and Fauna.
The main purpose of the ‘Siddhagiri Gramjivan (Village life) Museum’ project is to refresh the history of self sufficient village life before the invasion of Mughals in Maharashtra. There were 12 BALUTEDARS (12 main profession based casts i.e. Professions performed by generation by family members) and 18 ALUTEDARS, who provided equipments to all villagers useful in their day-to-day necessities of domestic as well as Agricultural life. The description of all 18 Alutedars, 12 balutedars and other people and their duties are brilliantly described in the museum.
Each and every statue has multi dimensional effect and village lifestyle theme. To make a proper visual story, Swamiji very keenly arranged each and every scene. Barter economy, Interpersonal healthy happy relationship among villagers is reflected. The entire village as a single family and as single family members in a joint family is projected in the museum. No adulteration, no cut thought practice, no mad Rat Race, No pollution, but Caring, and delightful atmosphere, no bitter feeling, but fertile land, clean water, clean air, quality food, maximum use of natural resources, cattle field, livestock, job satisfaction. The pure beauty and happiness are seen in each sculpture.
Check out some of the photos of the wax work from the museum with their description:
Village well: Villagers fetching water from the public well.
Grocer’s shop: Woman visiting the grocery shop with her son. The shop-keeper is weighing items in old weighing machine. Items like jaggery, sugar, chillies, salt, wheat, rice are stocked. The son is asking his mother to buy kites for him.
Farmers ploughing his farm using bullocks
Villagers performing Bhajan and Kirtan (singing Hindu devotional songs)
Village priest’s abode: First scene is the house of a highly educated village priest. He performs his duties, rites and rituals like weddings, thread ceremonies and is tasked to find auspicious days and time for any major activity e.g. house building and house warming activities, digging of new wells, start of sowing seeds, pierching nose or ears etc. He earns his livelihood from ‘Dakshina’ (donations) he receives. He consults the ‘Panchaang’ (almanac) for finding auspicious dates.
Grandma stitching ‘Godhadi’ (quilt)
Nailing the bullock with iron shoe
Shepherd boy with his herd of sheep
Women doing Laxmi Pujan
Farmer’s Wada (house):
Potter making their Pot:
Farmers are ploughing their Farm:
Woman serving food and father is playing with his son:
Woman are buying bangles:
Carpenter are making furniture:
Video of Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum from YouTube: