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Explore the History of Bihar at Patna Museum

August 25, 2015

I had some of the best experiences of my lifetime at the beautiful and heritage city of Patna. The Mahavir temple is a place for solace and spirituality. I felt the positive aura as I visited this famous pious shrine of Lord Hanuman. Next I decided to visit the Patna museum. I love to explore historic monuments and museums as they offer a portal to out rich cultural heritage. Hence this museum was one of my must visit places on the itinerary list.

Established in the year 1917 the Patna Museum is a very famous tourist attraction of the city. Plenty of visitors come to visit this museum to know more about the history, art and culture of Bihar. The museum was established with an objective of imparting a scientific perspective towards understanding the evolution of the art, culture, traditions and history of the region.

Patna Museum
Patna Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The huge archaeological museum of Patna houses a vast collection of artefacts that were discovered during the excavation of ancient sites in Bihar. Among the ancient sculptures found at the Patna museum the most prominent are the Mathura and Gandhara style of sculptures that are housed in this Museum. These historic remains are significant of the excellence and precision of the artists and sculptors of the Kushana period.

The Gandhara style sculptures stored in this museum are also referred as the ‘Greeco – Buddhist’ form of art. They are distinctive in characteristic as they are made up of the blue – schist found in the Swat valley. This collection of Gandhara Sculptures comprises of a number of statues of Gautam Buddha. Apart from the Buddha sculptures a number of figurines of Bodhisattvas are also kept on display in the Patna archaeological museum.

Oustanding Sculptures from Patna Museum

Oustanding Sculptures from Patna Museum | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/sreenivasan/8283026415

The museum’s another valued possession is the relic casket of Lord Buddha that holds his ashes. The museum also houses a number of ancient collectibles found during excavations that belong to the pre – historic times. Some of the items preserved in the museum even date back to the earlier part of the first millennium. Some historic stone sculptures, terracotta, bronze statues and paintings are also put on public display by this museum.  

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