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Dr. Ramnath A. Podar Haveli Museum

Built in the year 1902 by Mr. Anandilal Podar, the Podar Haveli has excellent frescoes exceeding 750 in number, all are more than a century old.

The Haveli was converted to a Heritage Haveli Museum by Mr. Kantikumar R. Podar, grandson of Mr. Anandilal B. Podar, with the aim to build up a cultural center to exhibit the Rajasthani heritage for the promotion of tourism in the Shekhawati region.

The Haveli Museum truly represents all the characteristics of the haveli - two storied building, open big platform outside the entrance gate, main gate with wooden carving, two open courtyards with open Nohra (open land surrounded by wall) and big living rooms with windows for proper light and air.

The frontage of the Haveli Museum admeasuring 110 ft. in length and 25ft. in height is complete with frescoes. Its balcony at the top has very attractive pillars and arches. All the four walls of the two courtyards and the main baithak (Sitting Room) are fully covered with frescoes. The ceiling and passages of the gates are also full of frescoes.

The frescoes in this Museum along with its pillars, arches and the artistic carved wooden gate are the best-preserved items in India. The gate between the outer courtyard and the inner courtyard is unique by itself and has been hailed as amongst the 10 best gates in the country.

The frescoes involve a wide range of subjects. They depict not only Indian Gods ad Goddesses or scenes from Indian mythology but also cultural and social life of rural India prevalent at that time. Some frescoes also depict the modern trend that had set in India such as trains, changes in Dress code, etc.

However, with the passage of time, these frescoes were damaged or faded. Mr. Kantikumar R. Podar, decided to restore all the frescoes in the Podar Haveli. The work was undertaken in 1992 under the supervision of the specialists in the field.

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