Octagonal in shape, the tall tower is in the center with a clock on it. The clock is believed to have been fixed in 1877. South facing, the main two-story building has a terraced roof and numerous turrets and domes. The end rooms of the Palace are octagonal in shape both in front and at back, and it has a grand Darbar hall and billiard room on one side and two reception rooms on the other. At the back is an open chauck (square) with a fountain at the centre and an enclosed verandah arcade and rooms on all sides of the chauck. The palace's south front's two-story structure has Neo-Mughal lobed arches beneath and temple-like columns and brackets above. This scheme is interrupted by well-planned trefoil arches capped with curving cornices and small domes. The same elements cap the octagonal corner towers. It is a blend of Hindu and Mogul design
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There is a nice museum on the ground floor of the New Palace called the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum, and here on display are the countless personal collections and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers and they bring out the rich legacy of Kolhapur ruling dynasty and their varied interests. Included in the collections are the possessions of Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur like costumes, weapons, games, jewelry, embroidery and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles. A letter from the British Viceroy and Governor General of India is the other memorabilia. There is also one of Aurangzeb's swords at the Museum. A section of the museum is dedicated to stuffed animals such as tigers, tiger heads, wild dog, sloth bear, staring wild buffalo, lion, black panther, wild boar, black buck, a number of other deer varieties, and a Himalayan black bear. It clearly shows that the Kolhapur rulers' major outdoor sport was hunting in the near-by thick jungles and other places. The museum also houses rare paintings, artifacts used by the royal family, variety of daggers, swords, pistols and Dan Patta, a type of sword.
This historical palace and the museum in it display a rich heritage of Shahuji Maharaj and his dynasty. The graceful outline of this palace building with a profusion of ornamental details, the small corner octagonal towers, etc add zest to the beauty of this amazing royal residence of the Kolhapur ruling family and their close links with this city. A surprising fact is the past Maratha rulers of Thanjavur city, Tamil Nadu and the present Maratha Prince there have close links with the ruling dynasty of Kolhapur.