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Monday, December 11, 2017 07:30 AM
Pondicherry Museum

The Pondicherry Museum houses sculpture from Pallava, Chola and Vijaynagara temples. There are Budhha images from Kirmampakkam and bronzes from the Chola, Vijaynagara and Nayaka periods, arms and weapons. The displayed terracota figures, shards of Arretine and Roulletted ware, amhorae, burial urns, glass beads have been excavated from the surrounding historic environment. Also on view are French period furniture, mirrors, lamps, paintings, porcelain, crockery and curtlery. There is a printing press dated 1820, old journals and books which were published at Pondicherry aswell as weapons like guns, swords, spears, lances and cannons. The Pondicherry museum housing some of the superb collections of sculpture is located in the Bharathi Park. This museum has an excellent gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement.

One can go through the history and legendary French colonial details in the section of the museum. There is also a very good collection of snail shells brought from the Pondicherry region. Bronze sculptures of god and goddess, a wide gathering of temple lamps, handicrafts and art are also here. Some specimens of Chola and Pallava art from Pondicherry and Karaikal are dispalyed in the sculpture gallery. There is a printing press dated 1820, old journals and books which were published at Pondicherry aswell as weapons like guns, swords, spears, lances and cannons.Pondicherry is a blend of spiritual institution, French colonial heritages, Tamil culture and a cosmopolitan form of life.The city is full of French colonial buildings, clean and wide streets and the sprawling premises of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

This territory is important from spiritual as well as from cultural point of view. Pondicherry's beauty lies in its un-spoilt beaches and well laid out parks and gardens. The city's temples and churches and imposing monuments of the colonial era are some of the worth visiting sites in this small port city. But today's attraction of Pondy is due to the presence of Auroville, the city of Dawn. It is a perfect place to search for the Divine. The meditation experience in this spherical house (Matri Mandir) is really exciting.

Pondicherry Museum
17 Rue Romian Rolland,
Pondicherry 605001.

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