While at Patna I went to visit Patna Museum, which called by the local people ad ‘Jadu Ghar’. A cab was arranged at the travel desk for me to go to the museum and I reached the place at 11 am. the museum is open to the public from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on all days of the week except for Mondays and the entry fee is Rs. 15 per person. On reaching the museum I saw that already a lot of tourists were waiting at the entrance to take tickets and get inside. I too joined the line and after waiting for a few minutes got the entry ticket and got inside. It was an impressive building and was surrounded by a lawn with lush green grass and a number of interesting statues.
The museum was established in 1917 during the rule of the British and contains a lot of artifacts that were collected within the neighborhood of Patna. Located in the center of the city, it reflects a blend of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture and consists of two floors. The museum was founded by Sir Edward Gait and I saw a bust of him near the entrance gate. I was told at the museum that it contained as many as 45,000 exhibits, but since the space inside the museum was limited, it showed only a part of the total number of exhibits.
Inside the museum, the life size statue of Didarganj Yakshi, which is believed to be as old as 2300 years old was the main attraction and I saw that it was really captivating with a Chauri in her right hand. Her left hand was missing. It was found in 1917 on the banks of the River Ganga, near a place called Didarganj and hence got its name. At one corner of the room I saw a brick sculpture of Lord Buddha and stupas, called Shatabdi Smarak.
One of the galleries contained the Relic Casket, which contained the ashes of Lord Buddha. A lot of Buddhist pilgrims and visitors paid homage here and I too paid a visit after paying the entry fee of Rs.100. I roamed around the museum, visiting other galleries and came out after about two and a half hours.