Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum
|name||Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum|
|map_type||India Madhya Pradesh#India|
|location||Dhubela, Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh, India|
!Open air Gallery, Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum Dhubela|||Open air Gallery, Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum, Dhubela
Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum is a museum located in an old palace at Dhubela, on the Chhatarpur-Jhansi highway, in Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh, India. This museum was established in September, 1955 in a palace built by Chhatrasal for his residence. Presently, the museum comprises 8 galleries, of which two galleries display inscriptions, copper plates, Sati pillars, lingas and inscribed images of the Gupta and Kalachuri period. The museum houses a wide range of sculptures of the Shakti cult. It has also a significant collection of Jaina images. It also displays the garments, weapons and paintings of the Bundela kings.
The Dhubela Museum is located at Dhubela on the Chhatarpur-Nowgaon highway, 15 km from Chhatarpur and 62 km from Khajuraho. This place can be reached from Khajuraho by road.
The museum houses a number of Jaina images depicting the Jaina Tirthankaras (Teaching Gods).
Maharaja Chhatrasal (4 May 1649 - 19 December 1731), was a medieval Indian warrior who fought against the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and established his own kingdom in Bundelkhand, becoming a Maharaja. Maharaja Chhatrasal Maqbara is one of those historical monuments of Chhatarpur that is actually the cenotaph of the Maharaja of Chhatrasal. It is also an important monument from an architectural point of view. This beautiful example of Bundeli architecture was built by Baji Rao Peshawa (First) in memory of Maharaja Chhatrasal in 1736 A. D.
Other Monuments in Dhubela
- Maharani Kamlapati Cenotaph. It is an octagonal structure situated on a high platform. Built in the 17th century the monument is a fine example of Bundeli style.
- Sheetal Garhi was built in the 17th century during the period of Maharaja Chhatrasal, this famous monument exemplifies the rich Bundeli art. This fortress was built for residential purpose to escape the excessive heat in the peak of summer. Its interior is decorated with foliage patterns.
- Mahoba Gate, built by Maharaja Chhatrasal in the 17th century the gate represents the rich Bundeli art. It was built to connect Mahoba and Mau Sahania. This huge entrance has two gates.
- Shri Krishna pranami mandir is near Maharaja Chhatrasal Cenotaph.