Legends about Mastani and her presumed stay at Shaniwar Wada apart, it is most certain that Bajirao I did build for her a palace at Kothrud. Laying waste in the wilderness, the Mahal was recreated by Pune's 'Kaka' Dinkar Kelkar. An avid art collector, 'Kaka' transplanted the fine wooden pillars and wall paintings to his museum at Pune.
The living room of the Wada as assembled in the same style from the original woodwork here reveals the intricate architecture and woodcarving as well as wall paintings. The superb furnishings evoke the atmosphere of the home of Mastani,whose portrait on glass is also present in the museum