Nagpur's Ajab Bangla: Situated In The Heart Of The Country, Is One Of The Oldest Museums In India

The museum displays rare and ancient antiques, inscriptions, sculptures, coins, paintings, and prehistoric artifacts.

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Nagpur’s popular Ajab Bangla or the Nagpur Central Museum, is situated in the heart of the country, and is one of the oldest museums in the country.

Established with efforts of the then chief commissioner of Nagpur, Sir Richard Temple, the museum came into existence in 1862.

Sir Richard Temple contributed his own collections rarities, while also urging several royals to donate their collections to the museum.

The 150 year-old museum is now a systematic array of 11 themed galleries boasting collections from western Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The collections include rare and ancient antiques, inscriptions, sculptures, coins, paintings, and prehistoric artefacts.

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One of the most visited sections in the museum, which is the Natural History Gallery prides itself with rare specimens of antlers, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates. This section also carries a 67.5 million year-old fossil of Jainosaurus, a titanosaurian dinosaur. The right hind foot of the dinosaur, unearthed in 1932-33 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh is at display.

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One gallery is dedicated to the arms and armours of the times of Marathas, Mughals, and the British.

While another gallery travels you through the history of Nagpur featuring – a megalithic sarcophagus stone, copper plate inscriptions, coins, metals, and other antiques from the chalcolithic excavation sites of Sarasvati-Indus and Kaundinyapura.

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The statue of ‘Indra’ from 10th century A.D, excavated from Chandrapur and the ‘Avlokitesvara’ statue i.e. the Bodhisattva representing the compassion of Buddha from 12th century A.D, is the oldest and most priced possessions of the museum.

The museum gains its name ‘Ajab Bangla’ or a strange house comes from a story, according to which, a public meeting was convened in the city where all district officers, native chiefs and land holders were invited. While the proceeding of the meeting was underway, an old chief coming from a tribal part of the province, upheld a goat with five legs and exclaimed, “Yes, Lord! This is rare”.

The Nagpur Central Museum is the best place to learn about the history of the city as well as to unearth the ancient past of our culture.

Visit soon!

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