It was an amazing visit to the Lalbaugcha raja Ganpati mandal. I was thrilled to take blessings from the lord. Once done with it, I continued my journey and headed for the next location on my itinerary which was the famous and the oldest museum of Mumbai known by the name of Dr BhauDaji Lad Museum. It is located in the Byculla East area of the city and was established in the year 1855 as a treasure house for keeping arts.
The museum when established by lord Elphinstone in the year 1855 was known as Central museum of Natural History and Arts. Dr Bhau Daji Lad was made a member of the museum committee. He was a renowned Sanskrit scholar, antiquary who raised money for the construction of a new building for the museum. With the patronage of many Indian industrialists the new museum was formed and started in Byculla in 1872.
The museum is a fine example and one of the first cultural institutions which is taken care of through a public private partnership model. The infrastructure of the museum is reminiscent of the colonial architecture. I was quite scintillated when I entered the hall. There are many great things which are preserved inside the museum and will interest one and all.
There are a large number of finds by the archaeology survey of India in the form of maps, many amazing historical photographs of Mumbai, never ever seen be me before. There is also a section which houses the clay models, costumes made from finest artistry and some of the rare silver and copper wares too.
The best part for me inside the museum was the manuscript of the famous Hatim Tai story which is as old as 17th century. For the lovers of history and art this museum is a must visit place if you happen to be in Mumbai.
The visit to this famous museum was worth every penny. After this visit I took a break to try some local street food after which I headed towards my next location which was the Haji Ali Dargah, a famous spiritual Sufi shrine located in Mumbai.