This museum was built in 1964. It is a popular tourist place in Jabalpur since then. It was built in the memory of the great Gond Queen, Rani Durgavati. Rani Durgavati was the daughter-in-law of the great Gond ruler Raja Madansahi. This museum is located amidst the city and is easily approachable from any place in the city..
This museum has some of the artefacts from the Kalchuri dynasty pertaining to the medieval times. These artefacts have been collected from Tewar, another district near Jabalpur. If you are interested in historic artefacts and inscriptions, then this place should not be given a miss during your visit to this beautiful city.
It includes some of the ancient marvels like –
- Sandstone made idol of lord Durga, which is 36 mm in height, which has been excavated from Durg district. It belongs to the Kalchuri dynasty.
- Another sandstone sculpture of Lord Saraswati, belonging to the 10th century A.D.
- It also has a sculpture made up of red sandstone, which depicts a game which was played between Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. This sculpture has been excavated from Tirupati.
This museum is a massive double storey building with informative boards in from of every sculpture, explaining the story of the sculpture. The ground floor has sculptures and inscriptions related to Rani Durgavati while the second floor has pictures and letters related to the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
All these sculptures have been carefully excavated and show every minute detail of the sculpture clearly. This museum is located at a distance of around 5 kilometres from the main Station and around 20 kilometres from the Jabalpur airport. If you plan to have a trip of 2-3 days to this city, and are interested in old sculptures and history, then this is a must visit place for you. The place has some of the rare historic artefacts. It also has a park adjacent to it, which can be given a short visit as well.
Outside the building of the museum, many sculptures are kept in open with all the related information written in front of them. They are great stone carving which provide a good view for photography. The entrance of the premises has a beautiful wild boar stone carving which is finely carved and excavated. This sculpture itself attracts many tourists to stop here and praise the beauty of the sculpture and art.