Govt. Museum (Kota)
: Brij Vilas Palace, Kota, Rajasthan
: Sculptures, Paintings, Mughal Coins
: 10.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M.
Originally located in Hawa Mahal just above the entrance of the fort, it has now been shifted to the Brij Vilas Palace and has a new display and
The museum possesses several hundred sculptures from different cultural
centres of the region. Generally, the sculptures belong to the period from the 8th to the 12th century AD though early specimens of the Gupta period (4th to 5th century AD) can also be seen. Sculptures worth mentioning are
Shesh Sayi Vishnu from Badoli (Chittaurgarh), Jain image of
Vardhaman from Baran and a dancing pair from Ramgarh.
A few inscriptions are displayed in the museum. Yupa pillars from
Badwa are very important specimens of 3rd century AD showing the popularity of Vedic rites.
: Coins discovered from various sites of Kota region are preserved and displayed in the numismatic section. Most of the coins belong to the
Mughal period and a few of them to the Rajput period.
Several miniature paintings of Bundi, Kota, Nathdwara and
Jaipur schools are preserved in the museum. Paintings of Shrimad
Bhagwat of the early 17th century are most attractive from the point of view of workmanship.
This section contains a number of manuscripts in Sanskrit. They include Vedic, astronomical and astrological works. Some Hindi manuscripts are also preserved. The
Gita and the Bhagwat written in the minutest letters on paper scroll are worth mentioning from the calligraphic point of view.
Arms, several kinds of handicrafts, costumes, etc., are also displayed in this section. A
anoramic view of the cultural aspects of Kota region is obtainable in this section through photographs, charts, maps etc.