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Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort Museum is one of the finest museums in Rajasthan. It is beautifully laid out. The palanquin section of the museum of Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, also includes the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The heritage of the Rathores, including arms, costumes, paintings, decorated period rooms, etc, is exhibited in the museum. The museum gives us an idea of the grandeur of the royal families of the past. Galleries In Mehrangarh Museum Elephant's Howdahs:The howdahs were a kind of two-compartment wooden seat (mostly covered with gold and silver embossed sheets), which was fastened on to the elephant back. Palanquins:Palanquins were a popular means of travel for royal and noble ladies up to the second quarter of the 20th Century. They were also used by men on special occasions. On display are palanquins for ladies as well as men; covered palanquins were used for the ladies and the open ones for men. Pinjas, the covered palanquin is an exquisite piece of craftsmanship. It is beautifully decorated with lacquer paintwork. Rajat Khasa, the beautiful lotus shaped royal silver palanquin used by the Maharajas is another fine piece of art. Daulat Khana: This gallery displays one of the most important and best preserved collection of fine and applied arts of the Mughal period of Indian history, during which the Rathore rulers of jodhpur maintained close links with the Mughal emperors. Weopans Gallery: This Gallery displays a rare collection of Armour from every period in Jodhpur. On display are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhine horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds and pearls, guns with gold and silver work on barrels. The gallery also has on display personal swords of many an emperor, among them are outstanding historical piece like the Khanda of Rao Jodha, weighing over 7 pounds, the sword of Akbar the Great and The sword of Timur the Lame. Paintings:This Gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings are Entertainment painting,Diwali painting,polo painting. Turban Gallery:The turban has long been an integral part of the costumes of Rajasthan. The Turban Gallery in the Mehrangarh Museum display many different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan ; every community, region and, indeed, festival has its own head-gear and this diversity, the colors of the desert, is wonderfully brought out in this welcome addition to the museum. Folk Musical Instruments Gallery:There are a number of different types and kinds of folk musical instruments, some particular to a group or community, and some to a region. Cradle Gallery: It is located in a part of the palace called Jhanki Mahal, which translates as the Palace of Glimpses

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