is the glory of the city. Being the biggest & oldest building,
it has historical importance. When Kolhapur became self-governed,
this place was built.It has fine and sound construction with
14 squares. In about 1813, the Muslim knight Sadakhan invaded
the palace and a part of it was burnt. After repair, 7 squares
survived. At the center there is the temple of Kulswamini
Tulja Bhavani. History tells that Shambhu alias Abasaheb Maharaj
was killed in this very Mandap.Nearly stands a body-built
statue to commemorate Shahu Maharaj.
a memory of his hunting a stuffed tiger and buffalo are kept.
Tomb a tant to right with coloured fishes and a tiny temple of
Lord Shiva, all appears to be history in carnate!Opposite to the
temple is a grand hall-pendal which was erected in 1918 A.D when
Shreemant Akkasaheb Maharaj, daughter of Shahu Maharaj was married.
Further, during 1926-30 Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj gave a new
form to it. Taking away original wooden arches, the hall was made
tall and splendid. Within the compound walls of the Mandap, Motibag
Gymnasium, Rajwada Police Station, Maharashtra Batalian are working
on a splendid entrance gate.
built Vittal Temple complex is situated half km south of Bhavani
Mandap Beautifuly stone carved Temple is built in Hemadpanthi
Style. The carving style indicates that this complex is built
prior to that of Mahalaxmi Temple complex.
Rajaram II, who ruled from 1866 to 1870 A.D. was of modern views.
He wanted to provide fascilities like educational and medical to
the people Kolhapur state. As a first step he wanted start a Highschool.
He apointed Major Charles Mant, the British Royal Engineer, as architect.
But before the work started Rajaram died at Florence, Italy, while
on Europe tour. Mant has first built His cenotaph on the banks of
river Arno, Italy. He built this school building in1879. He used
the useful scintific Roman Neogothic style, together with native
style. This mixed style was named as 'Indo-Daracenic' style. Thus
this building is one of the most early building of 'Indo-Saracenic'
style. This beautifully built blackstone building is one of the
best building of such type.
This is the second
creation of Charles Mant in Kolhapur. In this beautifuly built Nio-gothic
blackstone building Mant has used native style dome for porch. This
is the first step to what is called 'Indo-Saracenic' style.