Thursday, December 24, 2015

'Broken sculpture (of Parvati?) circa 12th century A.D. at Government Museum, Chandigarh, India" - K.J.S.Chatrath

 Seated Devi, South India, Circa 12th century A.D. Government Museum, Chandigarh, India.

The sculpture probably of Parvati, is mutilated. The head and the arms are lost. It has elaborate ornaments, a sacred thread (yajnopavita). The lotus seat has multiple series of petals and floral patterns and designs. The folds of the lower garment of the figure are shown with beads. The frontal loop of the drapery has fan like disposition. 

The sculpture shows the stylistic type noticed in the metal sculptures of South India, particularly of the Chola period as per the details mentioned on a placard put near the statue by the Museum authorities.  

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

'Visit Government Museum, Chandigarh' by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited Government Museum in Sector-10, Chandigarh, yesterday. I found the above painting very fascinating. Sadly while taking this photo I could not handle the multiple reflections of the glass frame. Still I love it.

Do spend some time in this Museum Complex if you are visiting Chandigarh.

Here is some useful information:

Museum complex, Sector 10-C, Chandigarh
  • Government Museum and Art Gallery
  • Reference Library
  • Conservation Laboratory
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Auditorium
  • Chandigarh Architecture Museum
  • Natural History Museum
Timings: It opens for public daily between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. except on Mondays and Gazetted holidays.
Guided tour
  • Daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Special guided tour for school children with prior appointments are arranged.
  • A research scholar of History of Art, an Art critic and Curator, volunteers as citizen of Chandigarh, to conduct a free guided tour of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh in three languages Hindi, English and French. Interested individuals and groups can contact the Museum for registering themselves, a week in advance, subject to her availability (For foreign nationals, atleast 2 weeks in advance) Registration can be done through email (, Phone No. +91 0172-2740261, Mobile No. +91 9464121077 (between 10 am to 4 pm except on Sundays and holidays)
Museum Shop
The museum has two shops for the sale of its various publications and models in its two wings namely, Government Museum and Art Gallery and Natural History Museum . The Museum has brought out general publications in the form of a handy guide, hand lists, monographs and books, sets of picture postcards and reproductions of the masterpieces of the Museum collection. These include the following major ones:

Entry Fee: Rs. 10/- (Rupees ten only). There is no entry fee for children below 12 years and senior citizens.
Camera Fee: Rs. 5/- (Rupees five only)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

'Two Khajuraho temples: 950-1050 A.D.' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Two Khajuraho temples: 950-1050 A.D.

 The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

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'Bhool Bhulaiya, Bara Imambara, Lucknow, India', by K.J.S.Chatrath

 Bara Imambara in Lucknow, India, was built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh, in 1784. It is also called the Asafi Imambara. Bara means big, and an imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. There is also a ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ or labyrinth it it.

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'Ornaments of Lord Vishnu' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I came across this wonderful statue of Lord Vishnu from Konark, Odisha, 13th century, Ganga Dynasty at the National Museum, New Delhi. ...