Bhanpura - Bhanpura Museum

Bhanpura Museum

The Chhatri of Maharaja Yashwantrao Holkar has in it a museum depicting the popular arts of Mandsaur. At the museum, art from the Gupta era (4th-5th century) to the time of Pratiharas and Parmaras is depicted, and well-sculpted portraits of Uma-Maheshwar, Kartikeya, Vishnu, Gavoi and Nandi are displayed.

Bhanpura Museum has got a collection of statues gathered from nearby areas.The statues include Chamunda, Mahishasuramardini, Parshwanath, gauri, Ardhanarishwara, Chaturbhuja Vishnu etc. The Nandi statue of 11th century is very attractive. In front of Nandi are shown two male and female figures and laddoos in a plate. Another statue of great importance is that of Uma-Maheshwar. Uma-Maheshwar in ornaments are shown riding Nandi in this statue. The museum houses the archaeological material found during construction of Gandhi sagar dam. There is a collection of arms and ammunitions used during wars in the museum. Illustrated oil paintings are also found around Bhanpura which have been depicted here.

The Nandi and Uma-Maheshwar sculptures were sent from here to France and Washington, D.C. for display in India festivals which left a mark at International levels.

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