A five-hour drive from Mumbai, located near picturesque Panchagani and British-era hill station Mahabaleshwar, Bhilar is blessed with lush greenery, pleasant climate and surrounded by hundreds of acres of strawberry farms which pink up in winter.
Seventy five artists have creatively designed 25 spots which are like mini libraries that house about 15,000 books in Marathi. On offer will be fiction, poetry, books on religion, women and children, history, environment, folk literature, biographies and autobiographies.
Conceptualised by Education Minister Vinod Tawde and the Marathi Bhasha department, the project, Pustakanche Gaon, will be inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on May 4.
Besides a treasure of classics, there will be comfortable chairs, tables, decorated umbrellas and glass cupboards to create a perfect reading atmosphere. The project was conceived in February 2015 on Marathi Language Day.
"We are now opening it to all those who love the language and want to explore literature. All these books are going to be available free of cost to the readers," Mr Tawde said.
The minister said that the government is also planning to hold summer literature festivals in the village as a lot of tourists visit Panchgani and neighbouring destinations during this time. These festivals will comprise sessions with authors, poets, presentations, teaching workshops, exhibitions, discussions with literary biggies and other literature-culture programmes.
(With inputs from PTI)