ASI Museum Khajuraho

Main Hall and Verandah Display

Before the entrance gate of the museum building one is greeted by two seated lions on either side of the steps. The main entrance is adorned with finely carved doorway, with exquisitely carved figure of river Goddess Ganga & Yamuna on either side, Vishnu, Shiva and Ardha-Narishwar on the lintel.

The Verandah provides access to the main hall of the museum in which colossal Nrittya Ganesha (dancing) with dwarf instrument player, syncretistic image of Hari-Hara, Uma-Maheshwara, Jain couple and a colossal image of Buddha in Bhumisparsa mudra; the solitary Buddhist icon in Khajuraho are displayed. Read More >>

Jaina Gallery

Jaina GalleryThe Jaina gallery is left of the main hall and contains selected Jaina sculptures which include Jaina Tirthankars and associated devinities besides architectural pieces with carving of different Jaina images.

Among the important images, Jaina sasana-devi Manovega is shown with her vahana horse on the pedestal. Another Goddess, Ambika is represented under a mango tree. The image of Adinatha (the first Jaina Tirthankar) also deserve a special mention.

Vaishnava Gallery

Vaishnava GalleryThere are a large number of important Vaishnava images exhibited in the Vaishnava gallery. The noteworthy images are standing image of Vaikuntha (a form of Vishnu having four head), Seshasayi Vishnu, Bhu-Varaha, Laxmi-Narayana image, Dasavtara (ten incarnations) lintel, Gajendra Moksha, Sun God, etc.

A prized collection of the museum is a sculpture of four armed Mauna-Vratin Vishnu, which shows the god seated in Yogasana with index finger of his front left hand raised to his lower lip, suggesting highest concentration in silence. Read More >>

Saiva Gallery

Saiva GalleryThe Saiva gallery highlights the Saiva and Sakti images and related various forms. A notable colossal Parvati image is flanked by chauri bearers, devotees, Bhairava and a Pratihara. The prabhavali depicts different forms of the goddess with Brahma and Vishnu seated with consorts in alingana. Her vahana godhika (iguana) is carved on pedestal. Another image of Siva as Andhkasuravadha murti is shown as terrific form of Shiva. One of the significant seated Bhairava image is with curly hair, holding club, damru (kettle-drum), ghanta (Bell) and chain of his vahana-dog. One of the most significant sculpture is of Sada-Siva in which the idol is carved with four legs and six heads surmounted by a linga. Lord Brahma with folded hands seated between the legs of the deity shows the latter as the highest devinity, symbolically.

Besides the above the important sculptures, like Siva as Ardhanariswara, standing Kartikeya, image of Ganesha with his consort Vighneswari, Mahisasuramardini, Saptamatrikas panel, Uma-Maheswara are iconic expression of different pantheon.Read More >>

Miscellaneous Gallery

Miscellaneous GalleryThe gallery displays objects of secular nature comprising elegant figures of Apsarases (celestial Nymphs) portraying various moods, hunting-scenes and panels representing dancers and drummers, amorous couples and animals. One notable sculpture of a couple identified as one of king and queen of Chandella’s performing ritual worship is remarkable testimony of the high standards of art.

Another interesting sculpture is graceful apsaras shown wringing her wet plaits of hair with geese waiting to pick up the drops trickling down. Another beautiful apsara shown as playing flute is a notable sculpture. A noteworthy panel is depicting sculptor at work, which vividly represent the mode of cutting, chiseling and transporting of stones for temples.

The hunting scene depicting, hunters accompanied by tamed deer and hunting dogs, entrapped and dead deer, the arrows piercing through their bodies is significant, with a view to understand social life. Read More >>

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