Tourist Destinations of Rajasthan
museum, in Mount Abu, set up in 1962 within the Premises of
Raj Bhawan, preserves the archeological wealth of the region.
To See in Mount Abu
<Museum & Art Galley
The museum is divided into two
sections. The first section has been adorned by a diorama of local tribal
hut with their usual living style by adding a gallery of weapons, musical
instruments, ladies ornaments like barly, damani, karna, guthma toda, gaga
wala thoomar, kanksi berla, various type of earrings and garments etc.
belonging to hill dwellers.
The second section has a series of miniature paintings based on raga-ragnis,
lain images from Sirohi, medium sized shields, a small canon called 'Topdi'
and some pieces of carvings on local wood.
The notable collection of this museum, is the finely carved out statues of
Devdasi or Nartakis (Dancer) ranging from 6th century A.D. to 12th century
A.D. procured from an ancient township called Chandravati, 7 kms away from
Abu. There is an image of the Chakrabahu Shiva having a trishul in one
hand and a khadag in the other and sitting on Nandi, the bull. On each
side of Shiva are dancing girls.
In the Abu collection consisting of 404 sculptures, the most distinctive
exhibit is the Vish Kanya (snake goddess) which is 3 feet high. It is
shown breast-feeding a snake. The figures are well executed and the
attitudes are impressive and natural. It also has the Surya (8th century
A.D.) found in Achalgarh, the Shiva (10th century A.D.) brought from
Dilwara temple. The Chanvar Vahini and Laxmi (12th century A.D.) also from
Chandravati and the Chanmunda (8th century A. D.).
The Sculpture Gallery has some memorial inscriptions collected from nearby
areas e.g. Chapa's inscription, (local heroine of Achalgarh).