History and Archaeological Research Institute Museum

ABOUT Museum

Balaghat is a famous historical town situated on the holy banks of Punya Salila Wainganga River. History and Archaeological Research Institute Museum is located near the confluence of five angles, the heart of the city. Garuda carrier Vishnu Dwar branch has been installed in the middle of the main entrance. The Surya idol installed above, impresses the visitors at first sight itself. The wall of the museum complex has been made a fort model. The museum has been set up to showcase local sculptures.

Statues of archaeological importance have been made pillars on the wall of the building and in the premises. The greenery around the campus is furnished with various species planted. A narrow gauge bogie has been installed in the premises itself and named as Dharohar Junction, this bullock cart has become a center of attraction for the children. Where tourists and researchers are benefited.

Ancient sculpture artistic of Balaghat district

District Balaghat remained under Chendi district in ancient times in 6th century AD and from there the stream of development of civilization and culture continued unabated. Natural wealth, precious minerals, monuments, stepwells, forts, temples, and attention-grabbing statues of various gods and goddesses emerged. In this series, Lanji, Baihar, Rampayali, Lamta in Balaghat district, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Ganesh, door pillar Sirdal three-tier sculpture, Garuda vehicle Vishnu, Surya, pair of snake-serpent, door pillar (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh), Narasimha, Sati Stambh, Singhdev, Shiva Dwar, Yaksha Yakshini, Equestrian, female warrior, brave warriors carrying shield and sword, craft works, figure, Mridang player etc. many decorated idols and direct proofs of Jain culture have been found. The dynasty is famous for its unique art. In the rural areas of Balaghat district, farm-barns, under trees, mountains-mountains, ponds (used for washing clothes) machinery-systems are scattered in the ruins, which in their era archaeological history directly tells the stories of the past. See example scenarios from Mostly! Thus this district is rich in terms of ancient history and archaeology. There are many places where excavation work can yield innumerable coins, excellent samples and idols, which can be evidence of artistic vision and refined taste. These cultural heritage can be identified through research, because the artistic glimpses of the sculpture of Kalchuri, Adivasi, Maratha, Bhosala kingdoms are directly visible. In the present scenario, the priceless nectar stream of their art-works, culture-civilization, food-drinking, customs have their own distinct identity in the tribal-dominated area, by which no one can live without being attracted. Today, there seems to be a need to develop the above-mentioned historical heritage on a large scale even in modernization and technical systems.

Dr Virendra Singh
Dr. Virendra Singh Gaharwar Curator

Statue of archaeological importance 

Garudhasin Vishnu

Head part with Garudasin Vishnu marking

This sculpture is the ornamented head part (Chandrashila) of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple dedicated to Vishnu. In the middle of the gate headstone (Chandrashila) sculpted with black stone, there is a marking of Garudasin quadrilateral Vishnu. The door sills are in three tiered sculpture. The lower level is decorated with a series of paired Nagabali sculptures. On both sides of the deity, the face of Nagaballi decorated on the left side is shown in the outer corner. In the middle order on both sides of Garudasin Vishnu, the sculpture of four flying, Maladhari Vidyagharas is shown. On the topmost level of the Chandrashila (gateway headboard) there are carvings of Matrikas on the left side of the deity and Navagrahas on the right side. Which are in fragmented and eroded condition. The head of the Garudasin quadrilateral Vishnu is partially eroded. The upper tax on the left side of the deity is broken, the remaining three taxes are also eroded. Graivek is worn around the neck, Upveet is worn in the shoulders. Garuda is also traditionally associated with immortals.

From the point of view of art-sculpture, this door Sirdal (Chandrashila) seems to be of the 9th-10th century AD. Which is 112X36 cm. Belongs to, Received on 10/01/1988 from Balaghat Nagar.

Ganesha Statue

Ganesha Statue

Ganesha quadrilateral statue, standing posture, in forehead, head large, abdomen turned out, teeth and hand objects unclear, crown on head, ornate ornaments around neck, made in sandstone, circa 11-12th century AD. It appears to be of 110X61 cm. Of Received on 19/01/1988 from Balaghat Nagar, in broken condition.