My next stop was at the Central Museum of Indore. As I have great bent towards historical and archaeological artifacts, I was sure this was the perfect arena to satisfy my quest. The Central museum was set up long back in October 1929 AD, in the vicinity of Nar-Ratna Mandir. But later it was relocated to a newly constructed building near the Residency Kothi in Indore. It has a priceless collection of artifacts ranging from pre-historic times to that of modern era.
I was very eager to survey the whole museum which has 6 galleries at present, namely: the Antiquity Gallery, Malwa Art Gallery, the Hinglajgarh Art Gallery, the Numismatic Gallery, the Inscription Gallery, the Gallery of modern art and lastly the Arms Gallery. I immediately realized I was about to get ample of food for my camera here.
As I entered the museum, I was delighted to see the stone sculptures of Shaiva, Shakta, Vaishnava, Jain and Bauddha sects exhibited in the inner and outer courtyards of the museum. There were a variety of exhibits displayed for the masses, which included fossils, stone-age tools, artifacts from the excavations at Mohanjodaro, entities excavated from the catholic sites such as Kaytha, Awra, Maheshwar-Navdatoli, Dangwada and other sites belonging to Malwa.
The sculptures that stand tall among other possessions of the museum are: the figurines of Saraswati that belonged to the 3rd century AD, Harihar from the 5th century AD, Lakulish that dates back to the 7th century Ad and the Bhuwaneshwari. I was filled with delight and amazement on getting an opportunity to look back into history and I must appreciate the expertise and exquisite workmanship that was portrayed via these sculptures.
The museum also had a vast collection of gold, silver and copper coins. Apart from these the stone inscriptions and copper plates from the western Malwa region also contribute to the pool of historical knowledge that is exhibited in the Inscription Gallery.
Most of these coins form part of the Gupta, Parmara and Rajput dynasties. Coming back to the contemporary period, the Modern Art Gallery cherishes its possession of artworks on Italian marble, China clay as well as the very royal Ivory. A bowl made of pure ivory caught my eye and secretly I had this ardent desire of owning it. Thus I came up some more knowledgeable and informed as I returned from the museum.