Egmore Government Museum, Chennai, Archaeology Stone Sculptures Gallery – Best & Oldest Museum in India – Visit, Travel Guide (Part 1)
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9.7 – Awesome / Wonderful
Recently visited the Chennai Government Museum Heritage walk, brilliantly organized by KeyTerns team Srini and curated by Vijay, a knowledgeable Archaeologist who elaborated energetically the mythological history and stories about the ancient Indian Stone sculpture art forms enthusiastically in just two hours.
The Chennai Government Museum is also known as Egmore Museum or the Madras Museum. This is the second oldest and has the largest archaeological and numismatic collections in South Asia. The museum complex comprises 6 buildings and 46 galleries. It also has the great classical collections of coins, currency, and medals, as well as archaeological remains from ancient Indian culture, rarest and most popular artworks of the world famous Indian artist like Raja Ravi Varma.
Stone Sculptures Gallery:
The Stone sculptures gallery collections includes the stone sculptures of Pallava period: during 300 – 897 AD, Chola period: during 850 – 985 AD, Medieval Chola period: during 985 – 1074 AD, later Chola period : during 1074 -1350 AD., Viajayanagara period : during 1350 – 1600 AD and modern period from 1600 AD. onwards. It also houses wonderful collection of sculptures from Chalukya, Hoysala, Rahtrakudas dynasties.
The Pallava sculptures exhibit plain and simple, realistic anatomy, oval faces with large eyes, less ornamentation and cylindrical head gear. The medieval Chola sculptures shows rigid and artistic anatomy, slightly rounded face and more ornamentation with detailed patterns. While the Vijayanagara sculptures followed the Chola style of sculpting and gave more attention to sculptures details.
The key Stone Sculptures displayed at the Gallery includes the sculptures of:
DURGA, GANESA, BRAHMA, SURYA, KALI, DAKSHINAMURTI, ARDHANARAISVARA, AGNI, VAYU, CHANDIKESVARA, KSHETRAPALAAS BHIKSHATANA, SIVA, VEERABHADRAR, SARASVATI, ARDHANARISVARA, KAUMARI, PARVATI, SRIDEVI, VISHNU, DVARAPALAKAR, ORNAMENTAL NICHE TOP, DWARF, CARVED GATEWAY, PADMABHANDAM, DIKPALA, PILLAR WITH THREE PANEL, UMASAHITA, DEVOTEE, RATI AND MANMATHA, VISHNU, SRIDEVI, BHUmaDEVI, RAMA AND SITA, SEATED SAGE, VARAHI, BRAHMI, MAHESVARI, INDRANI, CHAMUDA, MODEL OF TEMPLE, SAIVITE TEMPLE MODEL, VAISHNAVITE TEMPLE MODEL and TIRUVARUR MODEL TEMPLE.
How to Reach Chennai Museum:
Address: Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai 600008
Timings: Monday to Sunday 09:30 AM – 05:00 PM – Friday Holiday, Republic Day (26th Jan), Independence Day (15th Aug) and Gandhi Jayanthi (2nd Oct) are Holidays.
Book a Guided trip to the Chennai Museum Walk with Archaeologist:
You could also book for the KeyTerns Chennai Government Museum Heritage walk
Ticket & Entry Fee for Chennai Museum:
Indians: Adult Rs.15, Children Rs.10
Foreigners: Adult Rs.250, Children Rs.125
Photography Charges: Still Camera Rs.200
Video Camera: Rs.500
On Road: Located at a distance of half km from Egmore Railway Station.
Nearest Railway Station: Egmore Railway Station.
Nearest Airport: Chennai Airport.
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