Opening & Closing Time of Museum: Morning 10.00 AM to Evening 5.00 PM
Indian Citizen: Rs.10.00
Foreigner: Rs 100
Photography fee: Rs. 50 each camera
Videography fee:Rs. 200 each camera
- No entry fee for Children up to 15 years and handicaped persons
- Museum will be closed on monday and Govt. holidays.
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Rani Durgawati Museum, Jabalpur
The museum located Bhavartal garden near of bus stand. This historical city is well connected with big cities like Delhi, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Nagpur, Sagar, etc. by road as well as rail route. Jabalpur region has very rich historical background since time immemorial. The minor rock edict, Rupanath of Ashoka is located in this region. After Mauryas this region was ruled by the Sunga, Satavahana, Kushana, Sakas. The Satavahana stone inscription of Shivghosh, contain information of Ashwamedh Yagya procured from Baghora and Kushana inscription on Yakshi image, are the important source of regional history of Jabalpur region. Copper plates of Buddha Gupta & Jaya Natha are important source of Gupta period. DahalaMandala was the capital of Kalchuris of Tripuri who rules in this region for abput 500 years. Later on Sangram Saha, Dalpati Saha and Rani Durgawati were the brave rulers of Gaund dynasty. Jabalpur was said to have been Jauli-Pattal or Jabalipattan during Kalchuri period. During this period temples, mathas, and sculptures were erected with great magnitude. Among these art centres of Bilhari, Karitalai, Tigwan, Tewar, and Bheraghat are most noteworthy.
Inception of the Museum
The building of Durgawati museum is double storiyed and eye catching bearing the principles of museum. There are four galleries, along with an auditorium in the ground floor. The first floor has four galleries. These are Shaiva gallery, Vaishnava gallery, Jaina Gallery, Index Gallery, Excavation gallery, Inscription gallery, Coin gallery, and Tribal art gallery. The photo of (Sixty four Yoginis are kept in a passage gallery). The remaining artifacts have been placed as reserved collection. However, some of the selected specimens from reserve collection of lesser important are displayed in open garden of the museum. There are total 6163 antiquities in the museum. The details of the galleries are as under:
The entrance hall of the museum is Index gallery having a reception counter at one corner and a departmental publication counter at another corner. A sculpture of Rani Durgawati riding on an elephant displayed at middle, and paintings depicting the life of Durgawati are also displayed on wall. The stone sculptures, displayed here are of Dhyani Buddha, Bodhisattva, Sthanak Buddha, Bodhisattva Padmapani, Buddhist deity Tara, etc. These sculptures are procured from Tevar (ancient Tripuri) village located near Jabalpur which was an important centre of Buddhist religion.
The eight armed dancing Ganesha displayed in this gallery is an outstanding sculpture. Ganesha carries Naga, parashu, tooth, modaka-patra in his hands. In the Uma-Maheshwara panel, Shaiva family is carved. Devi Parvati seated on left thigh of Shiva, holds a mirror while lord Shiva embracing goddess Parvati, holds a flower, trident and Naga in his hands. At the left and right side of his feet Ganesha & Kartikeya are shown respectively and Bhringi, Nandi and Lion are depicted at the middle. In another Uma-Maheshwar sculptures; Ravana is shown lifting the mountain Kailash. In two specimens displayed in the gallery; lord Siva touches his fingure to Parvati’s mouth expressing love and affection. Ardhanariswara form is shown the composition Shiva & Parvati, adorned with ornaments. This belongs to Kalchuri period. Hari-Hara sculptures of Siva and Vishnu show the remarkable art of Kalchuri period. Among the other sculptures in the gallery; Bhairava, Shakti-Ganesha and Parvati are noteworthy. Bahirava is unique of his hair style and ornamentation. He holds kapala and khatvanga in his hands.This figure of Shakti –Ganesha although belong to Kalchuri period but,it also reflects the local art tradition. Adorned with jewellery this sculpture is in amorous pose. The sambhanga sthanaka figure of Parvati is very unique in which a kind of elegancy and beauty are seen. Well proportion , transperant cloths are the main feature of first phase of Kalchuri art. According to art style, out of 20 sculptures displayed in Shaiva gallery the images of Ganesha, Siva, Veenadhar Natesh, Ardhanareswara, Parvati, Hari-Hara and Shakti Ganesha are datable to first phase of Kalchuri art (9th-10thc.AD) but, Uma-Maheswar playing chausar the matured period of Kalchuries datable and other such sculptures belong to the matured period of Kalchuris datable to 11th-12th c. AD in which the finness, sharpness in depiction and rich ornamentation have been shown with great magnitude.
The sculpture of Vihsnu and his incarnations are displayed in this gallery. These are Lakshmi-Narayana riding over Garuda, standing Vishnu, Nrisimha, Varaha, Vamana, Trivikrama, Balrama,Ayudha-Purusha and Garuda. The sampada sculpture of Vishnu found from Barhata, district Narsimhpur is a remarkable figure of the gallery. The halfcosed eyes, elegant posture, depiction of jewellery, well perportion of this figure are the indication of first phase of Kalchuri art. There are three other Sampada standing sculpture of Vishnu procured from Mankedhi and Jabalpur.
Among the other sculptures Nrivaraha of Kalchuri period is outstanding. Lord Vishnu is shown in pratylidha posture carrying Bhudevi on the left elbow, adorned with ornaments and holding Sankha, chakra, gada in his hands.
The sculptures displayed in this gallery have been collected from Jaina art centres of Jabalpur which are important from the art point of view. Among these, Tirthankara Adinatha in meditation on padmasana is important. Matted hair hanging on his shoulders, bull symbol on asanapattika, Gomukha (cow-head) and Chakraswari figures on both side of Simhapithika are the other features of this sculpture. The other sculpture is of Tirthankara Parshwanatha; in padmasana on Nagapitha and canopied by Naga –chratra. The elephant on both sides of Halo are sprinkling holy water.
The Apsara (Naikas) and Dikpal gallery is located on the first floor of the museum. This gallery is housed with the figures of Sura-sundari, Skhalit-vasna, Naika Sadyasnata,Veena-Vadini, the all contain the elements of Kalchuri art traditions such as ornamentation,beautifull hair styles, well proportionate body. All the Naikas are in various postures and adorned with various kinds of jewelleries.
Among the Dikpalas there are Indra, Agni, Varuna, Kubera, Yama. Besides, Agni-Swaha embracing each other, is unique of their representation. The other sculptures are of Buddhist deity Tara, Kalyani Devi and panel showing war scenes.
The Jabalpur museum preserves less number of inscriptions but the Satvahana stone inscription found from Baghora is the earliest one in this gallery. This inscription possesses the figures of Yagya-yupa and Horse. Name of king known as Shivghos datable to 1st c. BC is also engraved in this inscription. An inscription procured from Langhabhata, Bilashpur, engraved in Devnagri script belongs to kings of Kaurav dynasty. Another inscription from Bhatgaon is associated with later parmaras and Nag dynasty. An inscription also found from Doni district Damoh is engraved on the pedestal of a sculpture. Among the copper plate inscriptions; an inscription from Shankarpura, distrcit Sidhi belonging to Budhagupta is important. This inscription is datable to 487 AD which mentions the name of Maharaja Hari Varma. Besides, inscription from Katni (Gupta Samvat 182) associated with Maharaja Jaynath, copper plate inscription from Rewa of Kalchuri period belongs to Karnadev(1055), copper plate inscription from Pawai belongs to Kalchuri king Vijay singh dev (1193) are also displayed in this gallery. In addition, the excavated material from Kakrheta, Jabalpur and Thitwara, district Katni have also been displayed in the gallery.
64 Yogini Gallery (Chausath Yogini Gallery) :
During Kalchuri period Yogini cult was prevailing in great deal. The main objective of Yogini worship was to achieve various powers. There is famous Chausath Yogini temple at Bheraghat. The pictures of Yoginis and the temple of Gauri have been displayed in the gallery.
Gallery located at the first floor is having display of dawn and devolution of the coins. There are silver stamped coins, Kushana copper coins, in separate showcases. A photo chart of Gupta coins and legends is also provided in the gallery. Indo-Sesanian, Naga, and Kalchuris coins are also kept in this gallery. Besides, the coins of Delhi-Sultenate, Mughal, Later Mughal, British and Scindhia State are other important feature of this gallery.
Tribal Art Gallery:
This gallery contains the tribal culture of Jabalpur region and Gondwana. The socio-economic culture of Gound and Bega tribes are showcased through models, pictures and objects.
Open Air Display:
There are stone sculptures displayed in the museum premises and garden. Among these Kushanas Yakshis, Nandi, Goddesses, Doorjambs and other artifacts