The number of tourists visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj museum, where Shivaji era and other historical articles are on display, is increasing. A large number of college students are coming to visit the museum after the completion of the academic year. They are studying various aspects like situation in Shivaji Maharaj era, standard of living, culture etc. Students are also taking details about the antique pieces in the museum like coins, hanging lamps, hukkas with Bidri work, 'pan' box, Paithani, the century old handwritten Dnyaneshwari, Gurucharitra, Bhagwat and other items. Several students are coming through their colleges to gather information on Shivaji-era literature.
All these items available in the museum reflect the social, political, religious life of Marathas during the Shivaji Maharaj era. Tiger-shaped iron lamps, pooja items in shape of 'Dashawtars' (ten incarnation of God) like fish, tortoise, Nursinh are among the collections preserved in the museum. Students are getting in-depth knowledge of the life during the Shivaji period. museum director Prakash Purwar said that there are several antique pieces preserved by the museum. Citizens and tourists evince keen interest in studying them. Though people agree that antiques preserved at the museum help the posterity, they are not ready to part with antiques at thier homes, Purwar added.