Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum
Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum is a museum located in an old palace at Dhubela, on the Chhatarpur-Jhansi highway, in Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh, India.
This museum was established in September, 1955 in a palace built by Chhatrasal for his residence.
Presently, the museum comprises 8 galleries, of which two galleries display inscriptions, copper plates, Sati pillars, lingas and inscribed images of the Gupta and Kalachuri period.
The museum houses a wide range of sculptures of the Shakti cult.
It has also a significant collection of Jaina images.
It also displays the garments, weapons and paintings of the Bundela kings.
Maharaja Chhatrasal (4 May 1649 – 19 December 1731), was a medieval Indian warrior who fought against the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb,
and established his own kingdom in Bundelkhand, becoming a Maharaja.
Maharaja Chhatrasal Maqbara is one of those historical monuments of Chhatarpur that is actually the cenotaph of the Maharaja of Chhatrasal.
It is also an important monument from an architectural point of view. This beautiful example of Bundeli architecture was built by Baji Rao Peshawa (First) in memory of Maharaja Chhatrasal in 1736 A. D.
Other Monuments in Dhubela
1.Maharani Kamlapati Cenotaph. It is an octagonal structure situated on a high platform. Built in the 17th century the monument is a fine example of Bundeli style.
2.Sheetal Garhi was built in the 17th century during the period of Maharaja Chhatrasal, this famous monument exemplifies the rich Bundeli art. This fortress was built for residential purpose to escape the excessive heat in the peak of summer. Its interior is decorated with foliage patterns.
3.Mahoba Gate, built by Maharaja Chhatrasal in the 17th century the gate represents the rich Bundeli art. It was built to connect Mahoba and Mau Sahania. This huge entrance has two gates.
4.Shri Krishna pranami mandir is near Maharaja Chhatrasal Cenotaph.
How to Reach:
If you are travelling by air then the nearest airport you will find is the Khajuraho airport. It is around 53 km away from Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum. The good thing about the airport is that it is well connected to all the other big airports in the country. This means you can have the convenience to travel from any part of the country you are. There are regular flights from Delhi airports. Once you reach Khajuraho airport, you need to take the road. For this, you need to book a cab from the airport.
For those who are travelling by train will find Chhatarpur station to be the nearest. It is around 23 km away from the Museum. But this shouldn’t be a problem as the station is well connected with all the main cities and towns of the state. Not just that but it is connected to other bug stations outside the state as well.
By road which is considered to be one of the best options. You can board several governments owned buses to reach the place. Since Museum is located close to Chhatarpur District, you can easily access it by bus. Once you reach the city, you can take a cab from there to reach Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum.