Monday, July 4, 2011

Madanbsihji Museum

Madanbsihji Museum

MADANSIHJI MUSEUM, MADANSIHJI MUSEUM historical, MADANSIHJI MUSEUM travel, MADANSIHJI MUSEUM tourismLocation : Bhuj, Gujarat.
Housed In : Aina Mahal.
Established in : 1977 AD
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The heritage of Kachchh art and culture is displayed in the Madansihji Museum (Aina Mahal) Bhuj. The last ruler of Kachchh Maharao Madansinhji established the Maharao of Kachchh Aina Mahal Trust on 1st January, 1977. Aina Mahal means a 'mirror palace'. It was created by the artists Ramsinh & Gaidhar Devshi in the period of Maharao Lakhpatji (1752-61).

In 1757, visited the emperor Alamgir in Delhi. He was graced with the title of 'Mahi Maratib'. He welcomed foreigners in his court. Fortune brought him a man named Ramsingh Malam who specialized in Kachchhi architecture, enamel work, jewellery, tile work and interior decoration.

Aina Mahal
The speciality of Ramsingh is the Hall of Mirrors in the Aina Mahal. The walls are white marble covered with mirror which are separated by gilded ornaments. The hall is lit by elaborate pendant candelabra with shades of Venetian glass. The hall of mirrors is on the second floor of the Aina Mahal but Ramsingh devised ingenious pumps and siphons to raise water to fill the pleasure pool and to operate fountains, which cast spray in an intricate variety of patterns charming the eye and cooling the air.

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