Bharhut Stupa lies in the erstwhile state of Nagod and present-day Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. Built in the year 150 BC, the Bharhut Stupa is marvellously built with meticulousness and stands as testimony to the rich culture of ancient India.
The stupa narrates momentous tales from the period when it was constructed. It tells the tale of Lord Buddha’s journey to enlightenment, the yakshas, details everyday life during this period and many such minute details.
The railings of the Bharhut Stupa were carved impressively out of red stone and add beauty to it. Today all that is left are the relics of this exemplary site. Some remains of the Bharhut Stupa are being preserved at the Indian Museum in Kolkata. However, the Bharhut Art Gallery showcases the splendour of the stupa through imitations and pictorial depictions.
Bharhut Art Gallery is dedicated to the cause of highlighting the Bharhut Stupa, which is a significant Buddhist monument that is now in ruins. The art gallery showcases an impressive collection of some rare photographs, images and imitations of the stupa. At a walking distance from the Satna bus station, the Bharhut Art Gallery promises a memorable experience for those passionate about ancient history and art.
The photographs portray the culture and life of the days of yore. Some of the unique pieces one can find here are Prasenjit and Ajatshatru pillars that depict scenes from popular mythical and historical chronicles, portrayals of the age-old beliefs, etc. The exhibits at the gallery weave out a delightful story and transport the viewer into the glories of an era bygone. The Bharhut Art Gallery is indeed a must-visit for tourists visiting Satna.
Tulsi Museum is an archaeological museum and is of great importance to Satna tourism. Sited 16 kilometres away from Satna in a quaint place called Ramvan, the museum was set-up in the year 1977. Also known as Tulsi Sangrahalaya, the museum houses some exquisite sculptures and pieces from the ancient times made out of various elements, such as terracotta, birch ark and palm leaf.
It also showcases some rare copper coins, copper plates and gold and silver sculptures. The museum is open on all days except Mondays between 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Shiva Temple as the name suggests is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located 30 kilometre to the north of Satna, the Shiva Temple is situated in the town Birsinghpur, which is a pilgrim centre in the district. The town gets its name from the 19th-century King Veer Singh.
The Shiva Temple is one of the oldest temples in the region. It is revered throughout the region and frequented by many, thus, making it a must visit while in Satna. Tourists can reach the Shiva Temple by road from Satna. After paying their respect at the shrine, tourists can also visit the Bauxite mines in Birsinghpur as well as the nearby Jaitwara area.
Pannilal Chowk is equivalent to the Chandni Chowk in Satna district. The chowk is one of the busiest parts of Satna. Most of the times it is filled with the hustle bustle of people who flock this square for shopping. Avid shoppers must include Pannilal Chowk in their agenda while in Satna.
The streets of Pannilal Chowk are lined with shops making it a delight for those having a weakness for retail therapy. Pannilal Chowk is also synonymous with food and has an interesting line-up of restaurants and food kiosks. Some of the must-haves while in this part of the city include lassi and poha jalebi.