Gujari Mahal Archeological Museum: Gwalior
Hi dear friends! I am back again after a long break. It’s my pleasure always to remain in contact with you. Here today we are going to visit central India i.e. Gwalior. It was an eight days trip so would not be possible to write it in a single post and will not also be appropriate. Gwalior itself is a big and rich city from the perspective of culture and History. Today, we would go to visit Gujari Mahal which is now a state museum and yes not an ordinary museum; it’s different and very unique.
It was a cold night of December-2019 when I left my train Dakshin Express at Agra Cantt to take a local passenger train to Gwalior as I want to travel from Kashmir to Kanyakumari by local passenger train only and so rejoining my journey again. It was about 9 AM when I was coming out from Gwalior Railway station after having a cup of coffee at the same. What a shiny, pleasant morning it was. Gwalior Railway station is also a beautiful and very clean station. I would request you to please taste “Kachori “, “Samosa” & ‘Poha’ before starting your journey as these are very tasty. Now we are heading to Gujari Mahal.
The Gujari Mahal Archeological Museum or State Archaeological Museum, sometimes called the Gwalior Fort Museum, is a state museum in Gwalior, located in the fortress of Gujari Mahal. It displays numerous artifacts of the region, including a fragment of the Garuda capital of the Heliodorus pillar from Vidisha.
The palace of Gujari Mahal was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his wife Mrignayani, a Gujar princess. She demanded a separate palace for herself with regular water supply through an aqueduct from the nearby Rai River. The palace has been converted into an archaeological museum. Rare artifacts at the museum include Hindu and Jain sculptures dated to the 1st and 2nd centuries BCE, a miniature statue of Salabhanjika, terracotta items and replicas of frescoes seen in the Bagh Caves.
to be continued…