After a quick breakfast at the hotel Jehan Numa Palace where I was put up for the trip, I took a cab to Birla Museum, Bhopal. The Birlas have done a great service to the society by having various museums and temples built for the common people all over the country. The Birla Museum in Bhopal was another effort on the part of the Birlas to make the common people aware of the early history of mankind and the world. Established in the year 1971, this is a very popular tourist spot in the city attracting a lot of visitors every day. The maintenance of the museum was excellent as you would expect in any Birla property.
A lot of paintings, terracotta structures, stone sculptures and manuscripts are preserved in this museum. These items bear a testament to the evolution of culture over the years in India and
abroad. Some of the manuscripts are very rare. The stone sculptures show the skills of human beings even in ancient times. The paintings and stone sculptures depict events from the olden days. It
was fascinating to watch the similarity in the events of life from different eras.
In another section of the museum, there are ancient tools displayed from the Neolithic and Palaeolithic era. These tools are a testimony to the numerous hardships faced by man to survive during those days when there was no advent of technology. The divine appeal of a magnificent model of the rock shelter from Bhimbetka truly amazes the audience. For someone like me who has an interest in archaeology, these ancient items are of great value. All the items present in this museum are from archaeological sites in various places. Photography is not allowed in the museum due to security purposes. I jotted down certain interesting archaeological facts in my diary.
The museums act as a sort of time machine. If we spend some time in them we tend to be transported back in time. It is a welcome relief from the stressful life of today. It was a nice visit to the Birla Museum, Bhopal as I headed for the next spot, Bharat Bhavan.