Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum, Raipur – A Leading Repository
We spent the day seventh at the Ghatarani Waterfalls and it was quite a special day for all four of us. My kids enjoyed a lot as they bathed under the falling water and my wife was more than happy to see us enjoying. It was the eighth day and the last but one day of our stay in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. On the eighth day we decided to make a visit to a museum in Raipur and finally zeroed in on visiting the Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum. This is one of the largest museums as listed among the top museums of the country.
The museum was built by Raja Mahant Ghasidas in the year 1875 and it is named after him. Later it was renovated and big changes were brought in to the existing infrastructure. Now the museum is under the control of the State Government of Chhattisgarh and it is one of the most visited places of the city. There are several priceless and valuable collections of ancient weapons, arms and ammunitions that were used long back, kalachuri sculptures, inscriptions, Buddhist bronzes and carvings.
We moved within the museum and located several stuffs, which had hailed from a long time and were of tribal origin; nevertheless, they were well preserved in the museum. There are five galleries present in the museum housed in the two floors of the museum. Different sections of the galleries were made so that different items could be kept preserved in them in distinction. Natural history, archaeology, and anthropology are a few of the major sections of galleries that are found in the Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum. In these museums, there are vast collections of terracotta items, jewelry, paintings, crafts, ancient inscriptions, statues and idols of Gods and Goddesses.
The fee for entry in the Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum is just Rs 1 per person and therefore, a large number of people get the opportunity to visit the museum with ease. The dome of the museum resembles British structure and the architecture of the building is also classy. There is a library within the museum, which has a huge collection of several books ranging from novels to science, fiction and ancient theories.