It was the seventh day of our stay in the heritage city Bhubaneswar. We had a really good time in the Dhauli shanty stupa on the previous day. An entire week had passed by and the feeling was just like yesterday. My enthusiasm was still at the peak and I wanted to go to visit the Odisha State Museum. The museum is present within the city premises and therefore it didn’t take much time to reach there.
We took the city bus from the Raj Mahal square which drove us straight to the Odisha State museum located near the Kalpana Square. As we reached near the museum, we made our tickets and dispersed everywhere as per our own likings. I don’t have a personal choice when it comes to discovering facts and figures; therefore I decided to start from one corner of the museum and check out every part of it.
The Odisha State Museum was established in the year 1932. Since it is just an old museum, there are relics and remnants found there which hail from a long time. Further there were other stuffs adorned within the museum which had a pre-historic story. There are numbers of items displayed within the museum such as terecotta, copper sculptures, numismatics and palm leaf manuscripts which are known best in Odisha. There are manuscripts that date back to long centuries. The oldest of them is the Geet Govinda which is as old as 1960.The Geet Govinda is considered to be an important part of the Krishna Bhakti tradition and the oldest one of them is from the year 1690. There are about 50,000 palm leaf manuscripts found in the galleries of the museum.
The museum covers various categories under a diverse set of aspects, such as science, literature, poetry, crafts, art, welfare, mathematics, astrology, geology, archaeology, anthropology armory, mining, epigraphy and many more. Different traditions and culture are also covered under the various repositories that are kept from Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. People in large volumes gather here in the museum to check out the vast collection of different items from the history. Photography was not allowed in the museum and therefore I had to submit my camera near the entry gate with the exchange of a token. With a little bit of photography, the visit would have been more delighting.