Located in the Chanderi town of Madhya Pradesh in Central India, the Chanderi Museum is one of the most significant museums of Madhya Pradesh that houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the rich history and culture of Chanderi region. The town of Chanderi is in the district of Ashoknagar and is known for large monuments, fortifications, and handloom work and art. The museum is a double-storied edifice and was opened to the public in 2007 with six galleries, out of which five are accessible to visitors.
The museum was established with the aim of preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Chanderi and its surrounding areas. It has several galleries, each dedicated to a different aspect of the region's history and culture.The primary collections in the museum are derived from the ruined architectural and sculptural members from the ruined temples of Budhi (Old) Chanderi, dating back 10th to 12th century AD. The five galleries that are operational today are – The history of Chanderi Gallery, Jain Gallery, Anandam Gallery, Shiva Gallery, and Digpal Gallery. Some of the most significant pieces displayed here are artifacts recovered from the Jain sites of BudhiChanderi, exhibits describing the evolution of the town and the region with carvings on rock caves, a cut-off head of Jain Tirthankara, dus-avtar of Lord Vishnu, Sanskrit inscriptions, parts of ancient ruined temples, etc.
The other major attraction of the museum is its collection of Chanderi sarees, which are renowned for their unique weaving techniques and intricate designs. The museum also has a collection of weapons, coins, and other artifacts from the ancient and medieval periods of Indian history. Visitors can also see a variety of sculptures, paintings, and other works of art that showcase the cultural diversity of the region. The museum also has 3000 plus books that offer more information on the history of this province.
The Chanderi Museum was established in 2007 by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in collaboration with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The museum is located within the Chanderi Fort, which was built in the 15th century by the Bundela Rajputs. It was established with the aim of preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Chanderi region and houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the history, art, and culture of the region. The Chanderi Museum has been instrumental in raising awareness about the need to preserve the cultural heritage of the region. It has also helped to promote the traditional arts and crafts of Chanderi, including hand-woven textiles and pottery. It has also played an important role in promoting tourism in the Chanderi region and attracts visitors from all over India and abroad, who come to learn about the history and culture of the region.
The Chanderi museum is a very polished and well-maintained museum and is set amidst impressively landscaped gardens. On the side corner of the entrance, there is a huge and beautiful brick-red statue of Lord Shiva in the form of Rudra, which is said to represent the Pashupatinath form of Rudra, ‘’Lord of all Animals.’’ The museum is a double-story building housing five galleries and a central courtyard. The galleries are enclosed by corridors or Verandahs that skirt them where several other sculptures and inscriptions are also placed. Outside the building and within the garden premises, one can see some beautiful stone sculptures and other artifacts that adorn the museum complex and are a sight to see. The museum is divided into five galleries, each of which highlights a different aspect of the region’s culture and history. These galleries are:
The museum showcases the rich and fascinating history of Chanderi, the town which is known for its old and massive monuments and culture. It showcases its history with five galleries with an impressive collection of sculptures and other artifacts, right from pre-historic times.
Chanderi is famous for ancient Jain temples and other ancient Hindu temples and monuments as well.