After Burha Talab we went to see the Telibandha Talab. Telibandha Talab lies on the most busy GE Road of the city. It is a location where most of the Hindu Religious Rites are performed.
Near the lake I took a nice shot:
After that we went to see the Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum. Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum is situated near the D K Hospital in Raipur, capital city of Chhattisgarh. It was established in 1875 by Raja Mahant Ghasidas of Rajnandgaon. Different types of objects of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history are preserved here. It also contains arts, crafts, and paintings. The museum has two floors and five galleries. The first floor has objects related to nature and its history containing various mammals, snakes, and birds. The museum also houses a huge library. The museum is open on all days from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. leaving Mondays, and public Holidays. Entry fee for the museum is Rupee one per head. In the year 1875 a wave of awareness was blowing regarding preservation of archaeological heritage and as a result of that the King of Rajnandgaon a native states, Mahant Ghasidas established a museum in a historical octagonal building which is inspired by British architectural style. The dome of the building is more or less imitation of British crown. At present in this building activities of Mahakosal Art gallery are going on. The museum of Raipur is one amongst 10 oldest museums in India. Later, due to scarcity of space and increasing number of art objects another building was constructed in 1953 and was inaugurated by India’s first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Quine Jyoti Devi, donated Rs. 1 lakh 50 thousand in memory of mahant Ghasidas for the construction of the new building. She also gave another 50 thousand rupees for the establishment of a public library in the memory of Mahant Sarveshvardas. The museum and the library are housed the same building.
Before taking pictures there was a rule to take the permission from the authorities of the museum. I had a chat with them and wrote a letter. After a few minutes they gave the permission. I am very thankful to the Government of Chhattisgarh for this. Here are some of the sculptures which were outside the museum:
- Chaitanyavaksh Purush Mastak, 11th century, Karitalai, Jabalpur:
- Chaturbhuji Dev, 7th-8th century, Sirpur (Mahasamund):
- Digpal, 11th century, Karitalai, Jabalpur:
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- Chatagarh Shilalekh, 2nd century, Durg: