Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya -“Prince of Wales Museum

Our next destination of the day was the “Prince of Wales Museum” of Western India, which is now renamed as “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya” by the Shiv Sena.

The place was rather closely located to the BSE, so it didn’t take us very long to reach the place. The museum is ranked amongst one of the most distinct Raj-era edifices of the city. The building stands majestically in its gardens, which is crowned by a notable Mughal-style white dome. The place is famous to house the finest collaborations of beautiful paintings and striking sculptures of the country that are arrayed on three floors of the museum.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya | Image Resource :

The entrance is charged with a ticket. The ticket prices of foreigners include an audio tour also, which can be collected at the admissions kiosk, inside the premises. On entering the museum, we came across the main Gallery that was located in the central hall, on the ground floor.

We were amazed to see such a fine collection of that included the fifth-century AD stucco Buddhist figures, which were unearthed in the year 1909. We got a snapshot of the treasures of the main sculpture room that displayed the Buddhist artifacts of the fourth- and fifth-century, most of them were from the Greek colony of Gandhara. Some significant Hindu sculptures included a seventh-century Chalukyan bas-relief that depicted Lord Brahma seating on a lotus, and a sensuously engraved torso of the goddess Durga, along with the tripod hoisted to spear the demon buffalo.

Karl & Meherbai Khandalavala Gallery
Karl & Meherbai Khandalavala Gallery | Image Resource :

We then visited the main attraction of the Indian painting collections by some famous artists, on the first floor. Some significant medieval miniatures were exhibited in the Karl & Meherbai Khandalavala Gallery. The displays included some precious pieces of Ghandaran sculpture, Chola bronzes and some of the supreme specimens of medieval Gujarati woodcarving.

House of Laxmi Gallery housed the Indian coins. After exploring the ground floor, we moved to the second floor to witness some more priceless exhibits of the museum.

The second floor showcased a range of Oriental ceramics and glassware. The top floor housed some grizzly weapons and a piece of armour .The place was a delight to visit and all exhibits had an amazing history attached to them.

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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