A museum is a treasure-house of antiques. In it kept all such articles and archaeological artefacts which reflect a country’s culture and civilisation, its historic panorama, modes and manners, its religions and relics and finally, its art and architecture. A museum is the miniature reflection of a country’s ancient period and gives a vivid picture of the customs, conventions and traditions of the nation.
In New Delhi, I got a golden opportunity to visit the historic and famous National Museum. The building of the museum is majestic and sturdy and has many departments that cover various subjects and periods of history. As I entered the ground floor, I saw a number of articles, images, sculptures and rock-engraved scriptures and many other things of great interest and value. The entire museum has been divided into many compartments like anthropological division, archaeological division and display section etc.
Then I moved to the first floor where among other things, charts, paintings and murals were kept Manuscripts in various languages were on display. There were ancient dresses, robes and weapons. In one corner there is the numismatics section. In this section, coins of different periods have been kept. In one hall, there are beautiful replicas of the Ajanta frescoes alongside realistic paintings of the Ellora caves. In addition, there are paintings that depict the lives of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Lord Buddha through charts and scriptures. By having a look into this section, one truly discovers India.
On the second floor, one finds the remains of the Indus Valley Civilisation. The excavations from Harappa and Mohenjodaro, broken pitchers, beads, toys, stones and skulls throw light on the civilisation of those times and stand amazed at how advanced that civilisation was!
The third floor houses military equipment. There are weapons like swords and sheaths, spears and pruning hooks; shields and helmets; various dresses of the generals and commanders of ancient times. After seeing this part of the museum, I was thrilled because all this ancient military equipment of our past heroes and heroines inspired me.
The entire museum is a treasure trove of India’s great men and morals, historical facts, laurels and legends that are connected with the whole gamut of India’s life and literature-whether they are poets or prose writers, dancers or dramatists, songsters or sculptors scientists or galaxy-gazers, lawgivers or lexicographers, musicians or doctors.
For me, the visit to the museum was a thrilling experience and what I saw and observed in the museum is one of the richest experiences of my life. I was deeply moved to see this vast storehouse of India’s ancient glory. This visit has left a deep impression on my mind.