Friday, May 22, 2015

Images of India - 113

A glimpse of India in black and white. Other posts provide more details on the place.

A glimpse of Taj Mahal from Agra Fort

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum, Mumbai

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum in Mumbai near Gateway of India was established in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of the city with the help of the Government.

The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. However it also has elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain. Built in basalt and kurla stone, this three-storied rectangular structure is capped by a dome that rises above the central porch. 

The dome is tiled in white and blue flecks, supported on a lotus - petal base. A cluster of pinnacles, topped with miniature domes surround the central dome. 

The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. 

The museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artifacts, and other relics from ancient India from the time of the Guptas, Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakuta.