Chandradhari Museum in DarbhangaEvery part of Darbhanga is fine example of its cultural and historical importance and Chandradhari Museum is one of them. Museums are the best way to gather information about history and culture of any region in form of historical objects and artifacts related to that place. There are many famous tourist spot in Darbhanga.
This museum is one of the favourite spots of historians, archeologists and all the culture lovers in this city. Chandradhari Museum is located on the north bank of Mansarowar Lake at distance of about 2.1 km from Darbhanga railway station. It was established on 7th December 1957. This museum got its name from Late Chandradhari Singh of Ranti Dyordhi (Madhubani) who donated all the rare artifacts and other invaluable objects for the establishment of this museum. Then, in 1974, it was shifted in double storey building and divided into eight different halls or galleries as per arrangement and materials of the artifacts and objects in the museum. This museum is open on every day except Monday for visitors.
Galleries in Chandradhari MuseumChandradhari Museum is established with aim to collect and preserve the rare artifacts of this region which are of cultural, historical and archeological significance. This museum aims to display these rare artifacts in public interest and to educate the people about the glorious history and culture of the region. Chandradhari Museum is divided into eight galleries. All eight halls or galleries in Chandradhari museum have specific arrangement of objects as per classification of material. Short description of all galleries is mentioned below:
This gallery showcases attractive and unique objects made of Baljium cutting glass specially.
This gallery is mirror of tradition and culture of Mithilanchal as it displays traditional dress of Mithila region and its Royal family (Darbhanga Raj dynasty).
Miniature Painting Gallery
In Miniature Picture Gallery, one can come across rare miniature paintings of diverse style and school. These paintings consists drawings of Krishna leela with Gopies and some of them are based on Geet Govind of Jaidev. Along with numbers of Mughal styled miniature paintings of Mughal Kings and their queens are also displayed in this gallery which are known for their historical importance.
This gallery contains water colour thematic paintings of modern style which are based on the very famous Indian epics “Ramayan” and “Mahabharata”. Main examples of themes of these paintings are "Raja Janak Darbar" and "Mahabharata War" which make them special and unique.
Stone Sculpture Gallery
Stone Sculpture is the main theme of this gallery. For this reason, rare sculptures made of black basalt stone related with Hindu and Buddha religion have been displayed in this gallery. In fact, most of the sculpture shown in this gallery belongs to the 8th & 9th century A.D.
Wood gallery as the name suggests displays different types of wood objects having beautiful artistic floweral designs and exclusive inlay work.
Mother of Pearls Gallery
In this gallery several types of beautiful artworks and pieces made of mother of pearls are displayed. And the exclusive one of all these pieces is replica of Taj Mahal made out of mother of pearls. This replica is made on a single piece of tuch stone which adds an extra bling to this masterpiece.
Natural History Gallery
This gallery makes one interact with natural history of the region. This hall exhibits Royal Bengal Tiger, Bear, Leopard and horns of deer.
Ivory gallery houses beautiful icons and objects made of ivory in different styles.
Brass gallery exhibits a wide range of statues made of brass in Nepalese and Tibetan style. These statues have been specially brought from Rajnagar region of Madhubani District. This gallery is the fine example of artistic excellence of this region.
This gallery is very special just like its name as it displays several unique objects like Ek mukhi Rudraksha Garlands made of semi precious stones, Ancient and Modern Coins, Mico paintings, Flowers pots of Zade stone and Ivory etc. So, this gallery is must to visit for its so special items of unique appearance.
Strong room contains the most precious objects and items like Pancha Janya Sankh, ring of precious stones, Gold coins, Dakshina Vartaya Sankh, Shree chakra etc.
There is one library in this museum. Though it is small but contains various books based upon historical and cultural subjects. Besides, it also has some manuscripts which are great source of information for history lovers.
How to Reach Chandradhari Museum?Chandradhari Museum is located near Mansarowar Lake at distance of about 2.1 km from Darbhanga Railway Station. Hence, one can easily there by availing local transport services of shared autos or cycle rickshaws.
Address: Near Mansarowar Lake, Darbhanga Railway Station Road
Timings and Entry FeesOpening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed on: Monday
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Chandradhari Museum houses numbers of rare artifacts and objects belonging to rich past of this region. Thus, this place is one of the best ways to get along with rich art and culture of Darbhanga. It is not only a tourist place but more than that a mirror of unique cultural traditions and artistic marvel of this 'Cultural Capital of Bihar'. All these specialties make it a must to visit tourist destination in the city of Darbhanga.