Patna Museum is located in the centre of the city of Patna and is place visited by lots of tourists who visit Patna. It is a large building reflecting Mughal and Rajput style of architecture and is known by the name ‘Jadu Ghar’ by the local people. My friend and I visited the museum on the second day at Patna. We had a cab arranged at the travel desk to take us to the museum. The museum is open for the public from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on all days of the week, except for Mondays. The entry fee is Rs.15 per person for Indian citizens and Rs.250 for foreigners. If you want to take photos inside the museum, you have to pay extra, depending on the camera you use.
The building was very beautiful and inside the museum, near the entrance gate is the bust of Sir Edward Gait, who was the founder of the museum. The museum was established in 1917 and is a two storey building. There is a beautiful scenic park surrounding the museum with a number of statues. We were told that the museum contained as many as 45,000 exhibits, but only a small part of it was put on display as the space was limited.
On both the floors there were many galleries dedicated to natural history, stone sculptures, terracotta, bronze, art and paintings etc. One of the main attractions in the museum was the Buddha Relic Casket in the first floor, which is believed to contain the ashes of Buddha. A lot of pilgrims pay homage to Lord Buddha here. You have to pay Rs.100 to visit this gallery.
Another thing that attracted us was the life size statue of Didarganj Yakshi, which is believed to be as old as 2300 years old. The statue had a Chauri in her right hand and her left hand was missing. It was found in 1917 on the banks of the River Ganga, near a place called Didarganj.
The fossil of a tree trunk, about 200 million years ago also attracted a lot of visitors. It was placed in the Natural History Gallery on the ground floor.