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Home to the priceless relics in the country dating back to the Buddha period, Patna Museum is a peep into that era and beyond. The Patna Museum contains some of the rarest collection that you won’t find anywhere as in the country.
Located on the Buddha Marg, Dedarganj, in Patna, it is one of the oldest museums in Bihar. Built during the British Raj in India, it was opened to the public in the year 1917. The Museum revels the great history of Bihar. Locally it is known as the Jadu Ghar among the people.
Walking to the Patna museum gives you the feel as if you are walking through the ages. A tree trunk is 200 million years old, the Yaksi 3,000 years old and the velvet gown is 60 years old. The museum holds the great archaeological importance. It houses about 57,000 of historical significance with the added collection of 22,000 coins. It was built in the style of the Mughal and Rajput architecture.
From the relics of the Pala and Sena dynasties and the items of the First world War to the rare collection of art objects, paintings and instruments, Patna museum has something to offer everyone – artists, painters, poets, researchers, paleontologists, students of science and scientists. The 10th century AD statue of Buddha in black basalt is the finest example of the Pala art. Both Pala and Sena dynasties ruled over Bengal and Bihar between the 8th and 12th centuries.
The most treasured possession of the Patna Museum is the 16 m long fossilized tree. It contains the fine collection of the painting belonging to the British rule, portraying day to day life scenes. It also has the painting related to the first President of India – Rajendra Prasad. It exhibits the artillery guns and other arm and ammunition that were used during the First World War.
You need to buy the special ticket for the Buddha Relic Gallery. It showcases the casket containing the ashes and remains of Buddha, found in Vaishali. It is kept in the middle of a glass encased Stupa, made on the lines of the original Stupa in which it is found in 1958. A leak of gold, a piece of conch, beads and a copper punch marked coin are mixed with the ashes.
It remains from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on all days except Mondays and national holidays. Entry fee for the individuals is Rs 5, student Rs 2, children below 3 free, Buddha Relic Gallery Rs 100.
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