Bihar boasts of a very rich past. The state has been the epicentre of some of the greatest school of arts, religious movement and the most powerful empires along with renowned examples of education and world peace. With an important role to play in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, the journey to understand Bihar’s role in Indian culture will take you deep into the pages of a book that is very endless. Bihar museum is a small step in introducing you with the glorious history of state.
Bihar Museum’s building caught my eye way before the time it opened its door to public. Anyone who passed by that road, would have come across the ultra modern building being constructed in a huge span of land. This was the proposed site of the upcoming Patna museum.
My Bihar visits during this time had made me wonder about the interiors. Finally, after a long wait, the museum was launched and needless to say that there was nothing to be disappointed about.
From the building to the galleries, Bihar Museum, Patna presents a display of unique culture of Bihar to the visitors. As one of the best places to visit in Patna, this museum is a perfect day trip in Patna. The museum is still growing so it is expected that more galleries will be added in the coming years and the establishment will grow on the levels of famous international museums like the ones in Paris and London.
Bihar Museum is a state of the art facility, was designed by the renowned Japanese architecture firm, Maki & Associates. Spread in area on a “campus” of 5.3 hectares, the museum presents itself as a unique peek into Bihar’s history, future and culture. Steel is used predominantly in the architecture of the museum as it represents India’s historical dominance in metallurgy, as well as India’s current prominence within the international steel industry. Completed with glass, stone and terracotta finishes, the museum is filled with opulence and grandeur.
Since time immemorial, Bihar has been the epicentre of some of the greatest thought-leaders, the most powerful empires and the most renowned shrines of knowledge and peace. Apart from the great tangible artefacts, objects and symbols, Bihar has produced some of the greatest universal concepts through Buddhism and Jainism.
What to expect at Bihar Museum
Post construction, about 1700 artefacts was shifted to the museum from Patna museum where they were previously housed. One of the famous addition to the newly constructed museum includes a Yakshi. Apart from this, the museum also houses works from some of the famous artists from the state.
A 6000 kg mould featuring 171 Buddhist Monks with a big bronze Buddha begging bowl at the centre is prime highlight. This sculpture is designed by Mr. Sanjay Kumar. Another famous attraction being an Anvil by Subodh Gupta, titled Yantra.
The Hall of Mithila Painting is a unique sight in the whole museum. This is the first time when the art work from Bihar is displayed so extravagantly in a museum. Tikuli Art, a vanishing art form also finds home at this museum. Hope the promotion and encouragement brings it back from the pages of obscurity.
The figurines date by to 1st century AD, most of the old stone sculptures are broken but are still a marvel to gaze upon. These statues are from the eras of various kingdoms like like Mauryas, Sungas, Guptas and Palas.
The museum also has an amphitheatre, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a cafeteria called Pot Belly that serves Bihari cuisine.
How to reach – Bihar Museum is 2.6 km away from Patna Junction. Regular shared autorikshaws run between Junction and the museum.
Tickets – The entry fee for the museum is INR 100, an additional charge of INR 100 is required for clicking pictures.