Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum

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Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum is a museum located in an old palace at Dhubela, on the Chhatarpur-Nowgaon highway, in Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh, India. The museum is housed in palace built by Maharaja Chhatrasal and has eight galleries. The first two galleries exhibit belongings from the Gupta and Kalchuri dynasties, displaying inscriptions, plates, sculptures, paintings, arms and armours etc. The museum houses a rich collection of artefacts from the ancient as well as from the modern era.  The museum houses a wide range of sculptures of the Shakti cult. It has also a significant collection of Jaina images. It also displays the garments, weapons and paintings of the Bundela kings. This museum was established in September, 1955 in a palace built by Chhatrasal. 

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Maharaja Chhatrasal Maqbara is one of those historical monuments of Chattarpur that is actually the cenotaph of the Maharaja of Chhatrasal, it is also an important monument from architectural point of view. It is an octagonal structure situated on a high platform. Built in 17th century the monument is a fine example of Bundeli style. Sheetal Garhi was Built in 17th century during the period of Maharaja Chhatrasal, this famous monument exemplifies the rich Bundeli art. This fortress was built for residential purpose to escape the excessive heat in the peak of summer. Its interior is decorated with foliage patterns. This huge entrance has two gates. Shri Krishna pranami mandir is near Maharaja Chhatrasal Cenotaph. 

The museum also has an Amusement Gallery, which has eight huge concave-convex mirrors that form funny and distorted images of visitors. The museum houses a unique and unparalleled collection of yogini statues of stone age. Run by the archeology department, the museum in itself is a record of archives. In the Painting Gallery of the museum, various painting depicting rulers of Charkhari, Rewa and Panna, scenes from Ramakatha and Shrikrishna Leela have been displayed. The Arms Gallery houses weapons of former states of Rewa, Chhatarpur, Charkhari and Panna which belong to 16th to 18th century AD. 

The vast collection of various sculptures and artefacts helps tourists to understand the lifestyle of the Bundela kings. The sculptures exhibited in the museum belong to the Shakti cult. The wide collection includes weapons, garments and paintings of the Bundela kings.

How To Reach :

Khajuraho is well connected by Air, Rail and Road to all Major city of India. 

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