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Amar Mahal Museum In Kashmir

Amar Mahal Museum In Kashmir

Amar Mahal Museum In Kashmir

The museum building forms the major part of the Amar Mahal. Build in a majestic style, its architecture has a French touch. The Amar Mahal Museum is a veritable storehouse of historical documents. It has rich collection of exhibits, including sculptures, paintings, inscriptions, books, etc. The Durbar Hall exhibits the paintings and artworks of the Dogra rulers. The Golden Throne, the major attraction of the museum, is a symbol of great historic significance.

The Library has a wide collection of books that range from religion, philosophy, political science to fiction. Besides, is contains books from various bestsellers international authors. The library is used as a reference house by the students.It is the most visited area of the Amar Mahal. 

The largest hall in the Amar Mahal is the Durbar Hall which displays portraits of the Dogra rulers beginning with the founder of the Jammu and Kashmir state, Maharaja Gulab Singh, his successor Maharaja Ranbir Singh, his three sons Maharaja Pratap Singh, Raja Ram Singh, Raja Amar Singh, Maharaja Hari Singh and Maharani Tara Devi, Dr. Karan Singh and his wife, Mrs. Yasho Rajya Lakshmi. The hall can accommodate over hundred people and is used for seminars, lectures, workshops and other gatherings from time to time.

The solid gold throne which was made by Maharaja Hari Singh and used by him for many years, is on display at Amar Mahal in a strong room overlooking the Tawi river. This priceless throne is a symbol of great historic significance and attracts tremendous interest among the thousands of visitors who come to Amar Mahal every year from all over India and the world.

Maharani Yasho Rajya Lakshmi is the granddaughter of the last Rana Prime Minister of Nepal, Maharaja Mohum Shumsher J.B. Rana and there is a room on the ground floor where photographs and objects d'art from Nepal are displayed, including a rare portrait of Maharaja Jung Bahadur, the founder of the Rana dynasty. This room is used from time to time for conferences and formal meetings of the museum.

The first & second floors of Amar Mahal houses over twenty thousand books collected by Dr. Karan Singh over the last fifty years, including some rare volumes from the Library of Raja Amar Singh. These books cover a wide spectrum of topics with special attention to Religion, Philosophy, Political Science as well as an astonishingly varied collection of Fiction. There is also a Hindi section and books in several foreign languages. The entire collection is properly catalogued but is not open to the general public. Post-doctoral students from Jammu University in selected areas are being invited to use the library as a reference resource. The library has a rare book section that contains books with hand coloured engravings and wood block prints as illustrations. The library is being made accessible to national and international universities for research scholars through the Internet, in collaboration with the University of Jammu.

A fascinating dimension of Amar Mahal is the suite occupied by Maharani (later Maharajmata) Tara Devi, which as been preserved almost exactly as it was when she resided there. The silver bedspread, the period furniture and photographs, her personal items of clothing and the unique Victorian bathroom combine to make this a section of historical significance. The bedroom has two large portraits, one of Maharajmata Tara Devi dressed in a saffron robe seated in her Puja room, and the other of Queen Victoria. The decoration Crown of India, which she received in 1945, is also displayed there.
 
Set in a picturesque setting of Himalayas, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, is an epitome of royal grandeur and magnificence. It is a repository of books and paintings and attracts art lovers and historians from all over the world. The museum building forms the major part of the majestic Amar Palace, which has a French touch in its architectural style. A veritable storehouse of historical documents, it has rich collection of exhibits, including sculptures, paintings, inscriptions and books. The Durbar Hall exhibits the paintings and artworks of the Dogra rulers and the Golden Throne, the highlight of the museum, is a symbol of great historic significance.

The books in the Library range from religion, philosophy and political science to fiction besides the various bestsellers international authors. Housed in the first and second floors of Amar Mahal, the library houses over twenty thousand books collected by Dr. Karan Singh over the last fifty years, including some rare volumes from the Library of Raja Amar Singh. Visitors are often attracted to the suite once occupied by Maharani (later Maharajmata) Tara Devi, which has been preserved almost exactly as it was when she resided there, complete with the silver bedspread, the period furniture and photographs, her personal items of clothing and the unique Victorian bathroom. The decoration Crown of India, which she received in 1945, is also displayed there.

The Art Galleries of the Amar Mahal aim to promote Indian art and artists and present a spectacular picture in informal surroundings. Endowed with ethnicity and a soft touch of contemporary art setting, the galleries exhibit the collection of paintings ranging over different styles. These include Kangra style of Indian miniatures paintings and also the contemporary collection including works of renowned artists like M.F. Hussain, J. Swaminathan, G. R. Santosh, Bikash Battacharjee, Ram Kumar, Laxman Pai and many others.

 
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