He was Peshwa Bajirao I. She was his danseuse and concubine, Mastani. A woman of legendary beauty and talent. And their love story is a well-known folk tale.
Here, in the recreated ‘palace of Mastani’ is romance recaptured. The luxurious setting, colourful paintings, glittering chandeliers, ornately carved ceiling, splendid lamps and innumerable musical instruments all combine to capture a fascinating period in Indian history, and evoke all the grandeur of Peshwa life.
Mastani - a lady personality attached with the name of the great worrier Peshwa Bajirao I, she was supposed to be the daughter of Chhatrasal Bundela, the king of Bundelkhand (Madhya Pradesh). Mastani was known as a most beautiful queen as well as a brave lady. Bajirao I is known to have built a palace for his beloved ‘Mastani’ at Kothrud near Pune City in 1734 A.D. The founder of the museum Late Dr. Kelkar dismantled this historical palace with help of skilled artisan and reconstructed in the original position in the premises of the museum. From this one can realise India’s aesthetic glory.