New Museum at the temple town of Khajuraho by ASI
Dream of a British officer to start a museum at the temple
town of Khajuraho took almost 105 years to realize. When the museum comprising
six galleries and rare sculptures would start next month at the main temple
complex, it would be a tribute to W A Jardine -- then local officer of British
government in Bundelkhand, who during his posting at Naugaon was amazed at the
sculptures in Khajuraho and wanted their conservation.
Museum with about 700 sculptures and its first gallery, 'Pratibimb'
(reflection) will be open to public, Archaeology Survey of India sources said.
Posted 68 kms from Khajuraho in Nougaon, Jardine wanted the
architectural remains of the ruined temples scattered all over the region to be
preserved, according ASI website.General/Accounts/Technical/Depot) - 2015
He collected and preserved them in an enclosure built
adjoining to the Matangeshwar Temple in Khajuraho. And this open air collection
continued to be known as Jardine museum until the Archaeological Survey of India
took over in 1952, when its name was changed to Archaeological museum, it added.
This open-air museum is being used for preserve collection
and the public entry is prohibited inside this enclosure.
Ninety three years after Jardine's efforts, deputy prime
minister in NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani laid
foundation stone of the museum and the construction started on a sprawling 5
acre land in the main temple complex. The museum was brain child of Union
culture minister Jagmohan, who is said to have ideated and even designed it,
Though the museum was complete, it was not yet started by the
ASI, a senior official of the organisation said adding, till Ravindra Singh
union cultural secretary landed at Khajuraho last week and expressed his
displeasure over the delay.
Courtesy: The Times of India