Rajasthan Travel Guide

Ajmer Government Museum

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Ajmer Government Museum also known as 'Magazine', is situated inside the historical 16th century Akbar’s fort in Ajmer. In October 1908, under the initiative of Lord Curzon and Sir John Marshall, it was established by the Central British Administration as a provincial museum of Rajputana. Pandit Gauri Shankar Hirachand Ojha was the first Superintendent of the museum. It's established with the purpose of to focus on the cultural heritage of the region and exhibits it. Ajmer Government Museum has precious Sculptures, inscriptions, pre-historic sections, miniature paintings, arms and armor and objects of art and crafts. Out of all the sections of the museum, Sculptures section is very much alluring.

Many ancient, rare and unique pieces are there which have been acquired from famous locations like Pushkar, Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra, Baghera, Pisangan, Harsnath (Sikar) Bharatpur, Sirohi, Arthuna and Osian.Museum epigraphs attracts scholar’s from all over the world as they were collected from different parts of Rajasthan.

Timings of Ajmer Government Museum: 10.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. Closed on public holidays.
Entry Fee of Ajmer Government Museum: Indian Rs. 5, foreigners Rs. 10.

Museum Epigraphs in Ajmer Government Museum

  • Rahomi inscription of Berli (Ajmer): It is a 2nd century B.C epigraph and one of the earliest epigraph discovered in Rajasthan.
  • Baghri inscription: It is an epigraph of Vikram Samvat 481.
  • Jodhpur inscription of Bauka: It is an epigraph of Vikram Samvat 894 depicting that the Pratihar’s of Mandor are the descendants of the Brahamin Harishchandra with their detailed records like the names and dates of his descendants up to Bauka.
  • Pushkar inscription: This epigraph is of 10th century A.D with the name of king Vakapatiraj.

Other than these there are slabs which are incripted with Harkeli Natak of 1153 A.D composed by Chauhan King Vigrahraj IVth, Lalit Vigrahraj Natak of 1153 A.D composed by court poet Somdeo during the period of Chauhan ruler Vigraraj IVth. and many more.

In the weapons section, there is splendid show of Arms and Armour where one can find magnificent weapons like swords, dragger’s, guns, dhal’s, kataar, farsa and jagnol which were used in battles of medieval period.

Different types of swords with various types of hills in which there is a fine work according to the choice of user. Various types of guns like Toderdar, Patharidar, Topidar, Kartusi, Eknali, Donali and Ramchangi are also in this section. Helmet of a rajput warrior and a cannon having historical importance is also displayed in the museum.

Other than this there are pre-historic relics, cast of seals with pictograph, flint blade or knives, images of Mother goddess, Venus, wheel of toy cart, pieces of conch, small portion of carbonized wheat, copper arrow head, Bangles of clay, needle, bricks of various types, stone for sharping tools, human and animal figures, copper bangles, blade of an axe which were discovered a Mohanjodro in the Indus valley also displayed.

These are 3000 year’s early to Christian era. Totally there are massive collections which includes 652 stone sculptures, 84 inscriptions, 3986 coins, 18 metallic objects, 149 miniature paintings, 75 arms & Armour, 363 teracottas and 128 objects of local art & craft and pre-historic objects which makes it a must visit place.

How to Reach Ajmer Govt Museum

Ajmer is well connected through rail and road. Nearest airport is Jaipur Airport (132kms). Ajmer Railway Station is the nearest station to the museum. Ajmer can be easily reached via roads since it is well connected to all the parts of the state.

Ajmer Government Museum

Ajmer Government Museum

Photo Credit- Andrea Kirkby

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