Junagadh Museum

Junagadh Museum

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Introduction

Junagadh bears the honour of being a site of Socio - cultural and political importance, as it has been ruled and inhabited by the people of various ethnic groups and communities. After the independence of Junagadh on 9th November, 1947, it became a part of Saurashtra region. In the year 1948, Durbar hall, located in Diwan Chowk was opened for the public. Durbar hall came under the Department of Museums, Government of Gujarat in the year 1964. Different galleries such as Picture gallery, Howdah palanquin gallery, Textile gallery and arms and weapon gallery were developed around durbar hall and a museum was opened to the public on 26th June,1977.


The present museum building is housed in the Sardar bag’s Taj Manzil and is the synthesis of the pre-existing Darbar Hall Museum and the Sakkarbaug Museum. The Museum is now referred as Junagadh Museum The present museum was inaugurated in the year 2014 by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat with an aim to facilitate the public to see and experience the exquisite collection of both the museums at one place. The existing Junagadh Museum showcases the opulent history and culture of the state.

Collection

The Junagadh Museum is multidisciplinary in its approach and has 10 galleries displaying the finest collection of silver artefacts, archaeological materials, sculptures, weapons, wood carvings, glass and porcelain artefacts, oil paintings, textiles, coins and majestic chandeliers from India and Abroad.


1.SILVER ARTEFACTS GALLERY

In this gallery, artefacts and objects of decorative as well as utilitarian nature are displayed. These objects include inimitable ornaments of gold and silver, decorative pieces such as flower vase, cigarette box, goblets, small bowls, felicitation letter with designer covers in silver, Paan-daan (betel box) and anexquisite pocket watch with the picture of the Nawab and the Wazir. The star object of this gallery is the felicitation letter and its box which was gifted to the Nawab of Junagadh. Along with these collections, Silver objects from the other regions of India such as, Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa and South India are also exhibited.

2.PAINTING GALLERY

This gallery showcases graceful and elegant oil paintings portraying the Nawabs of Junagadh, Mangrod, Manavadar and other princely states of Saurashtra. These paintings include portraits of Bahadur Khan, Mahhobat Khan, Hamid khan II, Rasul Khanji, Royals of Mangrod state, Sheikh Abdul Khalif, Begum of Manavadar state, Fatima Begum and a British Viceroy to name a few. Amongst these, paintings of ‘Mohhabat Khan III with his dog’ portraying his love for animals are the most remarkable. This gallery also exhibits the Painting of Vazir Bahauddin, after whom the famous science college of Junagadh is named. These realistic paintings reflect European influence.


3.DURBAR HALL

The replica of the original Durbar Hall has been recreated at the Junagadh Museum. Royal throne of Junagadh and Mangrol, Wooden furniture inlaid with glass and silver metal are on display. Floral motifs of 19th century, Animals especially Gir’s lion are portrayed and carved in the wood and are embellished with silver. Tapestries displayed in the Durbar Hall are worth to mention, as these has been prepared by the prisoners of the Junagadh Jail. Colourful Chandeliers from Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, France and England are the priceless beauty adorning the Durbar Hall.

4.ARMS AND WEAPON GALLERY

In this gallery, arms and weapons of varied types are exhibited. These include different types of swords, daggers and knives, camel gun, elephant gun, muzzle loading guns of Indian and European origin etc; used during the18th and 19th century. Tools and equipment’s used in manufacturing of bullets are also displayed. Personal collection of Weapons belonging to the Nawab such as Gold Knuckles, Belted Sword, Knives and Daggers are the major attractions of this gallery.

5.WOODCRAFT GALLERY

In this gallery, furniture and objects made from wood are exhibited. Intricately carved objects from sisham tree wood are visual treat for the visitors. Collection also includes, different types of wall pieces, wooden corners, table tops, showcases, carved window (zarukha) and antique tower clocks from Gujarat, Kashmir and South India. The most remarkable object in the gallery is the designed replica of Nawab’s ‘Nikaah Mandap’ which truly reminds the plush royalty of that time.

6.GLASS ARTEFACTS GALLERY

This gallery showcases unmatched examples of glass work, which comprises of flower vases of different sizes and shapes, candle stands, fruit bowls, decorative pieces of Chinese and Japanese origin. The cups and saucers bearing the portraits of Nawab Rasul Khanji VIII and Vazir Bahauddin are attractive. Along with that Chinese Vases depicting Buddha’s life events are also equally fascinating. The decorative glass pieces used in the wedding pergola are distinctively unique and a must see in this gallery.

7.COIN GALLERY

In this section of the Museum, Punch mark Coins, Coins of Kshatrapa, Indo-Greek and Gupta period are exhibited. This gallery also displays the finest coin collection from the Nawab, Mughal, British and Portuguese origins.

8.ARCHAEOLOGY GALLERY

Archaeology gallery display exhibits such as Prehistoric times’ Stone Tools, Terracotta objects, Objects of Indus Valley civilization and Copper Plates of Dharasena, Maitraka king shiladitya I.

9.TEXTILE GALLERY

Textile gallery display exhibits rich ethnic hand-crafted traditions of weaving, embroidery and designs. In this gallery one can witness the Textiles of Nawab’s rule and also Golden and Silver Kinkhaab, Benarasi Sarees, Ashavalis from Gujarat and Benaras. The important collection of the gallery consists of the Flag of the Junagadh State depicting Mount Girnar, Asiatic lions of Gir Forest and Herbs and Medicines of the Junagadh state.

Additional Information

a. Address: Junagadh Museum Tajmanzil Building, Sardarbaugh Junagdh, Gujarat - 362001
b. Museum Timings: b. 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (For visitors) Museum remains closed on every Wednesday and 16 National Holidays.


ADMISSION FEES

Rs.1 for Indian National
Rs.50 for Foreign visitors
Rs.100 for Photography (Mobile & Camera)
Rs.500 for Video Camera

Gallery

Revolver with Ivory Handle
Ivory and Iron
Nawab of Junagadh’s collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Carved Table
Wood
Nawab of Junagadh’s collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Clock with a sphere, lion and a barometer
Brass and Iron
Nawab of Junagadh’s collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Automated rifle / Mouser rifle
Wood, brass and Iron
Nawab of Junagadh’s collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Banarasi Tavdan
Wood, Brass and Iron
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Persian Dagger
Brass and Iron
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh.

Dagger
Iron and Gold
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Knife
Ivory, Iron and Wood
Nawab of Junagadh’s collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Shiva and Parvati
Brass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Surya
Brass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Mother Goddess Earth
Brass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Vishnu and Lakshmi
Brass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Lord Mahavira
Brass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Series of pot
Glass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Blue colour bowl with a lid
Glass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Red colour bowl with a lid
Glass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Bowl with a lid
Glass
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Jar
Porcelain
China
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Vase
Porcelain
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Musical Tea Set
Silver
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Car shaped Betel Box
Silver
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Box
Wood
Japan
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Partition
Wood
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

Vase
Porcelain
Nawab of Junagadh’s Collection
Junagadh Museum, Junagadh

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