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Painting of Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul in Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection

Painting of Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul in Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection

KLC.1840 Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul, Water Colour on Paper, Rajasthani School, 18th century A.D. Inscribed: Shri Hari, Shri Gokul ki Veth.. (Baithak) Bhitar ki.

According to K.K. Shastri's biography of Vallabhacharya, there were three baithaks in Gokul which this author has numbered as first, second and third. It is a pleasant surprise to find that the second baithak was known as 'bhitar ki badhi baithak', which nomenclature when tallied with the inscription on KLC.1840, corroborates that this painting represents the particular baithak at Gokul. This baithak was the venue of Vallabhacharya's katha recitations and also where he shared his meals. A miracle was performed here by Vallabhacharya when the mahants of Vrindavan intended to test him. One Shyamnanda had been sent with a Saligram hidden in a purse. Gokul was also the seat of Shri Gokulnathji, one of the seven svarupas of Shrinathji. Vitthalnathji had set up the worship of the seven icons at seven...

Key words : Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak, L D Museum, Gokul

Categories : Painting

Sculptures from Ladol, Mehsana District, North Gujarat

Sculptures from Ladol, Mehsana District, North Gujarat

The Museum has a number of marble sculptures and other fragments from the site of Ladol, a village near Vijapur, Mehsana district, North Gujarat. At least about 9 pithas, the base of Tirthankara images, have inscriptions between the dates V.S.1313-1337 = 1256-1280 A.D. These are presumably the dates of installation of seated Tirthankara images. As many as 5 standing Tirthankara images in Kāyotasarga posture also belong to this site. One of the inscriptions mentions the name of the temple Kanhuvasahika and the name of donor 'Shreshthi Kanhu'. One of standing Tirthankara images, Śāntināth, is intact, along with its inscription, which was installed in V.S.1326 = 1269 A.D. The name of the village in the inscriptions is mentioned as Lātāpalli. However, no ruined medieval period temple is recorded from Ladol village in recent surveys. From the inscriptions it is clear that the temple was dedicated by Shresthi Kanhu, and therefore given the nomenclature of...

Key words : Jain sculpture, Tirthankar sculpture, Ladol, Mehsana District, North Gujarat

Categories : Sculpture, In House Blog

A Very Brief History of Indian Museums

A Very Brief History of Indian Museums

Museums right from the time of their origin in Eighteenth century Europe have been set up for a variety of reasons, but the one reason that remains relevant through time and geographies is -public service through education.

One of the first museums to define education as its central role is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was set-up as the South Kensington museum after the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was the first large-scale international exhibition showcasing machine-made products of the Industrial Revolution. The history of museums in India follows the story of this unique museum, with the British authorities in Nineteenth century India setting up museums of Industrial Art in various cities for the purpose of Education. These museums were used by art school students and enjoyed by general visitors who went there to see the wonders of technology and marvels of craftsmanship from around the world.

Museums of fine arts started to be set up in the early...

Key words : History of Indian Museum, Museum today, role of museum, learning in museum, why to go museum

Categories : Museum, History