Archaeological Museum, Khajuraho

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Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho was initially known as Jardine Museum. It was renamed the Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho in 1952 after Archaeological Survey of India took it over. It was constructed by Mr. W.A. Jardine in 1910. The museum is very important as it is a display centre for several architectural and sculptures ruins collected from the temples of Khajuraho.

The museum is located near the Matangeshwar Temple. The museum is an open-air structure where the Khajuraho sculptures are displayed. The present museum was built in 1967. It has five large galleries. The main hall displays ancient sculptures belonging to the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina faiths.

The museum has a rich collection of more than 2000 sculptures. Among the most important sculptures is a figure depicting Buddha in a seated position. Another prized possession of the temple is a four-headed Vishnu, also known as Vaikuntha. It is a must-visit attraction in Khajuraho.


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