Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Tulsi Museum Ramvan Satna

Opening & Closing Time of Museum: Morning 10.00 AM to Evening 5.00 PM

Entry Fee:

Indian Citizen: Rs.10.00

Foreigner: Rs 100

Photography fee: Rs. 50 each camera

Videography fee:Rs. 200 each camera


  1.  No entry fee for Children up to 15 years  and  handicaped persons
  2. Museum will be closed on monday and Govt. holidays.
  3. The Departmental publications, books, folders, post cards and plaster cast replicas are available at Sales Counter.
Museum Building

Tulsi museum Ramvan, Satna

Tulsi museum Ramvan is located 300m. south from Sajjanpur, a village located on Rewa road. 16km a from District headquarters Satna. Seth babu Sharda Prasad Ji, established this museum in the memory of his father by collecting the antiquities of Vindhyan Region. The beginning of collection of the ancient artifacts was done in 1936 and for which Ramvan ashram was established. In 1939, Manas Sangha Trust was formed under which in the year 1959 Tulsi Museum was established. The collection of antiquities and artifacts for the museum was carried out from 1925 to 1957. The collection of museum consists of stone sculptures, manuscripts, artifacts and other antiquities. A library was also established in this building. In 1978, this museum was donated to the Department of Archaeology and Museums of Madhya Pradesh.

Although the present building was built in 1959 but it has gone through various changes and safety measures. There are 9 rooms in ths museum which contain Bharahut, Gupta, Jaina, Saiva, Vaishnava, and other galleries. Presently, the museum is housed 2,368 objects. These are stone sculptures, metal images, copper plates, inscriptions, coins of gold & silver. these objects have been brought from Bharahut, Bhumra,Uchera,Doha, Jaso,Gohmi,Maiher, Kotar, Satri, Amarpatan, Marahi, Balupur, Bhutra, Maropahari, Saria Tola, Sajjanpur, Jaria, Miroliod Satna distrcit, Sohagpur of Sahadol distrcit, Mamosi of Sidhi district, Gurgi of Riwa distrcit,Khajuraaho of Chhatarpur distrcit, Nachna of pannna district. Besides, some objects from Bhita (UP), Bodh Gaya(Bihar) and Kathmandu (Nepal) have also been collected in this museum.


Bharahut Gallery

Bharahut an important archaeological site in Satna district, is famous for the remnants of Buddhist stupa. Most of the remains now housed in Indian Museum Kolkata, but 81 artifacts are displayed in this gallery. These are composed of Suchi-pieces of Vedika, pieces of pillar, full blown lotus, stambha–sirsha (pillar top), etc.

Veenadhari Siva Parvati

Gupta Period Gallery

The objects displayed in this gallery have been collected from Khoh, Bhumra, Dureha and Bhatura. The important objects displayed in the gallery are of Shiva, Parshwanath, Veenadhari Shiva, Parvati, Saiva-ganas, Mahismardini, Deer, etc.


Jaina Gallery

This gallery is displayed with stone sculptures belonging to Kalchuri period and collected from Gurgi, Marahi, Amarpatan. Among these, Parshwanatha the 23rd Tirthankara is important. Besides the sculptures of Aadinatha, Chandraprabhu, Neminatha have also been housed in this gallery. These are datable to 11th-12th c. AD.


Saiva and Vyantara Deities Gallery

This gallery is displsyed with Saiva sculptures which have been collected from Uchera, Sohagpur, Babupur. The important sculptures are of Uma-Maheshwar, Veenadhar Shiva. The other figures in this gallery are of Chamunda, Yogini, Surya, Dikpalas, Yam- Nairiti, Varun etc.

Vishnu (11th c.AD.)

Vaishnava Gallery

This gallery contains sculptures of Vishnu and his incarnations. The important specimens are of Vishnu, Lakshmi-Narayana, Bhu-varaha, etc. These sculptures were carved in late medieval period and collected from Sohagpur, Babupur, Satri, Nachna,etc. of Vindhyan region.

Reserve Collection (Remarkable Sculptures)

Two miniature stupas of Gupta period procured from Bodh Gaya are kept in reserve collection. One of them contains Dhyani Buddha on all four cardinal directions while in the second one a Dhyani Buddha is depicted on one side. Stupas are provided with chatra, harmika and vedika. A Vishnu head from Sohagpur is a unique specimen of Kalchuri period. There are 70 art pieces of Buddhist religion, 75 Jaina sculptures, 90 Vaishnava sculptures, and 65 Saiva sculptures in reserve collection.


Tulsi museum contains 1135 coins out of these 8 gold coins, 245 silver coins, and 842 coins made of copper. In addition, copper punch marked and coins of kushana, Naga, Gupta Muslim rulers- Mughals , regional State, foreign States are also preserve in the collection.

Tulsi Library

The library contains 25000 books. The ancient manuscripts about 2500 in number are priceless heritage of this library. There are 7 manuscripts having figures. Among these, Ramayana writen in Samvata1851 containing the story of rama along with beautiful figures is noteworthy. Remaining 6 manuscripts are Bhagvatgita. About 100 texts have been writen on Tadapatras Orissan language. They are associated with the story of Rama and 300-400 years old. There is a 200 years old Bhagwatgita written on Bhojapatra in Sanskrit language. Besides, three hand written Kashmiri Gita is about 250 years old. The library has two unique manuscripts; one belongs to Bhagwatgita of Balbhadra and second one is associated with Meghdut’s Panjarika of Mallinatha Suta written in samvata 1522.The other manuscripts are of Gurugranthasahib, Ramayana written by Maharaja Raghuraj Singh of Riwa, etc. besides, there are 1000 manuscripts of Karmkands and about 200 manuscripts Shaiva, Shakti, Vaidyak and Jyotisha (Astrology)

In addition, an outstanding collection of printed books is also a unique feature of this library. The library has all sort of text like Vedic, Mythological, Vaishnava, Saiva, Shakta, Tantra-Mantra, Krihna, Rama, Jaina, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christen along with some modern literature.