Santhosh in his museum
Pathanamthitta: Anthichira native Santhosh has a unique hobby of collecting ancient and rare artefacts by spending lakhs and travelling all over the world. Now, Santhosh established his museum, which he named as ‘Shila museum’ (Stone museum) adjacent to his residence in Anthichira. Visitors can spend time inside the museum and study the glorious past without paying an entry fee here.
The incredible display of the remnants in the courtyard will woo the visitors to the museum. Interestingly, the walls of the 'Shila Museum' are embellished with sculptures. A sculpture of a mango tree bearing ripened fruits made in cement baffles the visitors who are likely to think that it is real. The puzzles and artefacts, which were only read in legends, including ‘Edakoodam’, ‘Oorakkurukk’, ‘Chinnamaruth- Periyamaruth’ and ‘Valari’ are well preserved here.
The different varieties of Aranmula metal mirrors have also been collected by Santhosh. His minuscule collections include the smallest book and spinning wheel, tiny coconut and coins. The smallest coin, rare currencies of Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia and the world’s largest currency are the other valuable items in Santhosh's museum.
Artefacts and objects of an ancient king’s court are also conserved in this museum. It includes a rare collection of weapons such as swords, shields, ‘urumi’, bows and arrows, Travancore knives, ‘Anchal Kuntham’, and many more. The other major attractions are the ancient varieties of paddy grains, medicinal plants, newspapers and magazines.
Currently, Santhosh is busy expanding the museum by increasing its area. He has planned to expand the museum in a way which facilitates children to take references and learn more about the past.
Anyone can walk into the museum without paying any fee, assured Santhosh. People, who are curious to learn about history have started to flock to this museum.