Tambekar Wada is located at Tambkear no Khancho, Raopura Area, Vadodara (Baroda). It is a three-storeyed building which is a typical Maratha Mansion, which was once the residence of Bhau Tambekar. Inside of Wada, there are some of the most beautiful but decaying 19th Century murals. The Building is almost 140+ Years Old.
Tambekar Wada is a spacious, four-storey building that has been constructed in an oblong fashion. It is originally the former residence of the Baroda State Diwan or Minister, Bhau Tambekar, who owned the responsibility of the administration of the state. The walls, doors and ceilings on the first and second floors of this old fashion building are adorned with the best specimens of mural paintings dating back to 17th and 18th centuries.Other wall paintings dating back to the first half of the 19th century represent epic scenes depicting the life of the people. The paintings are in poly-chrome and are of Maratha style of paintings of 19th century A.D. They are the best specimen of mural paintings in Gujarat. As the paintings have been made by some careless people, most of them had to be restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The ASI still attend to the chemical treatments of these paintings on a frequent basis.
There are Paintings of Lord Krishna in childhood breaking Pot, Lord Krishna doing Raas with Gopi's, Lord Ganesha in childhood etc. Also it has British-Maratha Fight Paintings.
According to Archeaological Survey of India (ASI), paintings in Tambekar Wada are made during Year 1874. There are ~300 Paintings in Wada from 1st to 3rd floor. The Paintings are not only painted at wall, but also it is painted on door frames. Also there is nice design of Jali's and wood carving.
Who was Bhau Tambekar ?
Bhau Tambekar (Vitthal Khanderao Tambekar) were Deewan of Baroda from Year 1848 to 1854. He was one of the most trustful person of Maharaja Ganpatrao Gaekwad. These paintings were made during Year 1870 to 1874. On third floor, there is a painting of Meradeshwar Temple which was erected in Year 1860.
What is Secco?
Secco Paintings are made in dry wall. When it is again dried, then a mixture of Wet Sand is applied on granite or wood. Then again a mixture of Wheat's small pieces is made and it is then Lime-coated. Then lastly it is painted on the wall. The colors of paintings are also made from natural pigments like Sindhur, Mesh etc. But the Paintings at Tambekar Wada are not of high quality.