[Travel] New Delhi National Museum, a Little Glimpse of India’s Painting

After the old Delhi experience to Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk market yesterday, I’m going to take easy today and woke up later.

Kamala took me to a nearby train station, the Delhi Metro Lajpat Nagar (लाजपत नगर), to book my ticket to Jaipur. Since we’re female, the queue for senior citizen, ladies and handicapped is short and not as crowded.

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We have to fill in my name, address (Kamala’s apartment), my temporary India phone number and berth preference (middle).

So here’s my planned trip:

  1. Delhi (DLI) – Jaipur (JP) – Class 3A – 12414 Jammu All Exp – for 434₹ –  Check Schedule Here 
  2. Jaipur (JP) – Agra Cantt (AGC) – Class 3A – 12966 Udz Gwl Sup Exp – for 646₹ – Check Schedule Here

I didn’t booked Agra – Delhi since I’m not sure how long I’ll be staying or if I want to go somewhere else.

From the strain station, Kamala goes to work while I take the Delhi Metro (दिल्ली मेट्रो) to the Central Secretariat Station (12₹). I might got lost a bit since it’s a large, large area.

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The India Gate at the end of Eastern Rajpat.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan at the center but not really visible from here. The secretariat buildings for the Ministry of External Affair and Home Affair upfront on left and right.

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Contemplating on riding a tuktuk because I’m lost, but after consulting google map, I have to stay strong with the long walk to the New Delhi National Museum.

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Right in front of the museum, there’s this LARGE chariot made of five-tier acacia, sandalwood and teak wood. The wooden temple is dedicated to Pandanaiflur Sri Adikesava Perumal (Lord Vishnu) from Tamin Nadu in South India, 19th century AD.

The National Museum in New Delhi, also called National Museum of India, exhibits India history with more than 200,000 art. The museum is completed in 1960 with the architecture style of the capital at the time.

Entry for foreigners 300₹ or 650₹ with audio guide.

First I’m exploring the ground floor center because they have gorgeous statues made of terra-cotta and bronze.

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Vishnu and his manifestations stone statue. Gahadavala 1147 AD. Mehrauli, Delhi.

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Parvati (consort of Shiva) in penance made of stone. Pala, 11th century AD. Bengal.

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Lintel showing trinity (Brahma, Vishnu anad Shiva), Kakatiya, 12th century AD. Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.

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The museum inner garden.

I didn’t get to see much, some rooms are low lit and dusty and I keep sneezing. I skip several rooms and just enjoy the paintings.

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The Map of Jammu City. Company period Punjab, circa 1880-90 AD. Cloth pasted on paper.

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Vasakasajja – Nayika. Garhwal, Pahari, circa 1800 AD. Paper.

The Hindi medieval court poet of Orchha, Keshavdasa’s poem Rasikaapriya describes the Vasakasajja Nayika or heroine in her bed with flowers ready for the union with her lord.

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Brahma, Vishnu and Inderlokas. The folio of Sri Guru Granth Sahip, depicts of 3 planes of cosmic existence in Hindu mythology.

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The cosmic lotus Mahakala and 10 Sikh Gurus. Sikh – Kashmir mixed style, 1839 AD. Paper.

The folio of Sri Guru Granth Sahib have the universe divide into 12 zodiac divisions. 10 petals illustrated 10 sikh gurus and the other two are their origin. The central lotus is Sodhi Bhan Singh, the patron of this manuscript worshiping Mahakala and Mahakali.

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Vishnu and Lakshmi seated on their mount Garuda. Kangra, Pahari, circa 1800 AD. paper.

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Painter manuscript cover, Krishna and Satyahbhama carriying Parijata tree (left) and Shiva and Parvati seated on their vahana nandi, the bull (right). Kangra, Pahari, 1800 AD.

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Various gorgeous miniature paintings in various India style.

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Portrait of a Lady painted on stone. Jodhpur, Rajasthan , late 19th century.

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Pilgrimage – Pata. Mewar, Rajasthan, 1700 AD. Cloth.

The famous Vishwanatha Temple of Varanasi and its surrounding templets painted on this Shaivite pilgrimage cloth pata.

Various toys and playing card richly decorated with amazing colors.

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Prince Timur and his Nobles. Awadh, provincial Mughal. 1880 Ad. Painted ivory in a wood-frame.

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Todi Ragini of Raga Malkaunsa. Visual depiction of an Indian musical mode Malwa, Central India.

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A Folio of Kalkacharya – Katha. The folio is the story of a Jain monk, Kalaka, who changed the date of Paryushana festival. Gujarat, 1475 AD.

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Srinathji-Krishna celebrating Gopashtami – The Festival of Cows. Nathdwara, Mewar, Rajasthan, 1800 AD.

Pichhwai is a rectangular large cloth for deity of Srinathji for a wall decoration and usually telling stories of Krishna in Srinathji form.

From the museum, I take a rest and took some photos in a nearby park. There are many people having a ‘picnic’ or lunch there, including families but mostly men. I bought a sandwich and a bottle of lassi (80₹)

I take another tuktuk ride (20₹) to go to Connaught Place (कनॉट प्लेस) open for business since 1933. The place is named after Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.

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My impression is that this place is becoming a large shopping mall with fancy restaurants and fashion or branded stores and I lost my interest quite fast. At this point, I prefer Hauz Khas. The architecture is lovely though, British colonial and mostly cleaned for tourists and rich India people.

After walking around, I opt not to see the underground bazaar, Palika Bazaar, and just head back to Kamala’s home. Tomorrow I have another early train ride to Jaipur.

New Delhi Trip:

Source information: New Delhi National Museum, Wikipedia, Travelwiki, India Eye Witness Travel.


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