Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum / Dhubela Museum
Museum / Gallery
#23 of 24 Places to Visit in Khajuraho
Distance (From Khajuraho): 62 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours
Place Location: At Dhubela
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 15 km from Chhatarpur and 62 km from Khajuraho, Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum is a museum located at Dhubela on the Chhatarpur-Nowgaon highway in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India.
Popularly known as Dhubela Museum, Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum is housed in a palace built by Maharaja Chhatrasal on the banks of Dhubela Lake. Established in 1955, the museum houses a rich collection of artefacts from the ancient as well as from the modern era. The collection displayed in the museum helps tourists to know more about the history, development and decline of the famous Bundela dynasty of Khajuraho.
The museum has 8 galleries, displaying inscriptions, plates, sculptures, paintings, arms and armours etc. The museum houses a wide range of sculptures of the Shakti cult. The first two galleries exhibit belongings from the Gupta and Kalchuri dynasties. Next is the Jain Gallery that features beautiful artwork like images of Rishabhnath, Gomedh Ambika, Sarvatobhadrika and Chakreshwari. The Shaiva and Shakti galleries are known for sculptures that reflect Chandela and Kalchuri arts. The highlights of these galleries are the images of Suryaputra Revanta, Ekmukhlinga and Gajasurvadh.
Besides there are theme based paintings, prominent work related to the emperors of Rewa, Panna and Charkhari. Inside the museum, there is an Amusement gallery that has eight huge convex-concave mirrors that entertain tourist by their funny images. It also displays the garments, weapons and paintings of the Bundela kings.
The museum is surrounded by picturesque ruins of the kingdom of Maharaja Chhatrasal. There is a lovely lake below the ruins of chhatris and a large fort. Maharaja Chhatrasal Maqbara is one of those historical monuments of Chhatarpur that is actually the cenotaph of the Maharaja of Chhatrasal and is also an important monument from architectural point of view. Maharani Kamlapati Cenotaph, Sheetal Garhi, Maheba Gate and Sri Krishna pranami mandir are other attractions here.
Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians, Rs. 100 for Foreigners & Rs. 50 for Camera