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Government Museum, Kota
Originally located in the Hawa Mahal just above the entrance of the fort it has now been shifted to the Brij Vilas Palace and has a new display and decor.
Sculpture : The museum possesses several hundred sculptures from different cultural centres of the region. Generally, the sculptures belong to the period from the 8th to the 12th century AD though early specimens of the Gupta period (4th to 5th century AD) can also be seen. Sculptures worth mentioning are Shesh Sayi Vishnu from Badoli (Chittaurgarh), Jain image of Vardhaman from Baran and a dancing pair from Ramgarh.
Inscription : A few inscriptions are displayed in the museum. Yupa pillars from Badwa are very important specimens of 3rd century AD showing the popularity of Vedic rites.
Coins: Coins discovered from various sites of Kota region are preserved and displayed in the numismatic section. Most of the coins belong to the Mughal period and a few of them to the Rajput period.
Several miniature paintings of Bundi, Kota, Nathdwara and Jaipur schools are preserved in the museum. Paintings of Shrimad Bhagawata of the early 17th century are most attractive from the point of view of workmanship.
This section contains a number of manuscripts in Sanskrit. They include Vedic, Astronomical and Astrological works. Some Hindi manuscripts are also preserved. The Gita and the Bhagawata written in the minutest letters on paper scroll are worth mentioning from the calligraphic point of view.
Local Arts & Crafts of Hadoti Region
Arms, several kinds of handicrafts, costumes, etc., are also displayed in this section. A panoramic view of the cultural aspects of Kota region is available in this section through photographs, charts, maps etc.
Timings : 9.30 a.m am-4.30 pm. Closed on Friday & gazetted holidays.
Entry : Rs 3, Rs 10 for foreigners.