Tourists interested in knowing a little more about India’s nationalist movement like to visit the sprawling complex of Kesari Wada, located in Narayan Peth, Pune. This was the very place from where Bal Gangadhar Tilak published his famous newspaper “Kesari”. He had also resided at this “wada” for a long time.If you take a walk through the aisles of Deccan College and Kesari wada, you will come across an old printing press, which was used to print the newspapers edited by Tilak. The floor above contains some important photographs, handwritten letters and details of Tilak’s trials. This gallery is also home to a famous relic –the pen used by Rajguru.
This well maintained home-turned-museum can spring a few surprises on you as well. As you walk around, you may see life size portraits and statues of Tilak staring back from within glass cases: Tilak jailed in prison, Tilak working at his desk and so forth. Till date, the newspaper is published from the same venue and the wada acts as a residing place for many people.
Just across the river is the famous Deccan College. Here, courses in linguistics and archaeology attract students from all across the world. There is a marble inscription locate above a room, that signals that it was Tilak’s room from the period 1873 to 1875.