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Bhopal Archaeological Museum – India’s Priceless Heritage

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 8 months ago

Madhya Pradesh is the land of stupas and national parks and the state is home to a variety of fairs, but one destination that can take you back in time straight to the roots of Indian culture is the Bhopal Archaeological Museum...

Madhya Pradesh, the central state in India that’s famous for its thriving natural reserves, is a hotspot for archaeological collections from all parts of the country. The state’s capital Bhopal houses the famous State Archaeological Museum that is home to an incredible collection of artefacts and sculptures from the far corners of the country.

The Museum Timings

Located near the famous Lower Lake, the archaeological museum is open to visitors from 10:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening every day except on Mondays and public holidays.

What the Museum Features

The building alone can floor any architecture buff with its magnificence, as it’s a grand structure that houses some of the rarest prehistoric exhibits from ages as old as the 10th century. It also has sculptures from various Hindu dynasties and some vital Bagh Cave treasures.

The artefacts that are stored in this museum set it apart from the other museums that are located around the country. The ancient Bagh Cave artefacts in this museum provide an insight into the rich heritage that lies behind the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Bagh cave paintings and statues of Hindu and Buddhist icons like Parvati and Shiva and Buddha are put up on display for all archaeological enthusiasts to marvel at.  

The museum also houses images of the Holy Trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh, and these images provide a glimpse into the age old religion and the effect that it’s had over centuries, through different kingdoms and empires.

In addition to its impressive collection of art, the museum features a magnificent image of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and an erotic carving from the Khajuraho caves.

There are 87 Jain bronze coins in this museum that were unearthed from the great Dhar remains, dating back to the 12th century. These coins are from the times of the Paramara Dynasty and they add an element of rarity to the museum’s collection.

With its priceless artefacts, the Bhopal State Archaeological Museum paints up an exceptional illustration of the state’s cultural history and the rich heritage of the country that it belongs to.  

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