Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, abbreviated L. D. Museum, is a museum of Indian sculptures, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, miniature paintings, woodwork, beadwork and ancient and contemporary coins in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The Museum is the product of the vision and energy of two remarkable persons who were responsible for its establishment: Muni Punyavijayaji, an erudite monk scholar and Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai, the well-known industrialist of Ahmedabad.
The Museum has one of the finest collections of paintings in the Gujarati Jaina styles, some of which are painted before the Mughal period.
Since its inception in 1956, the L. D. Institute of Indology has been collecting and preserving rare manuscripts and artifacts of various kinds, some of which are handed over to the L.D. Museum. As the collection grew over the years, the Board of Trustees (of the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Bharatiya Sanskriti Vidyamandir), felt strongly the need for a separate museum building to house the display of its collection. Consequently, a new museum building was built adjacent to the existing building of the Institute, which was also designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Balkrishna Doshi. The collection in the new museum building was opened to the public in 1984 and was formally inaugurated by Braj Kumar Nehru (Governor of Gujarat) in 1985.
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, L.D. Institute of Indology Campus, Nr. Gujarat University, Opp. L.D. Engineering Hostel, Navarangpura, Gujarat University Clock Tower, University Area, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009.
Type of Place
- Senior Citizen
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport
- Ahmedabad Junction railway station
- ◆ Open timing - 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
◆ Monday closed( every public holiday )
- The wide-ranging sculpture collection is unique, since all the major regional styles of the sub-continent.The outstanding pieces include the largest head of Buddha (c. 5th century) in stucco from Gandhara, the earliest cult image of Lord Rama (early 6th century) Gupta period from Deogarh (Madhya Pradesh), a rare figure of Matrika Indrani (6th century) from Shamlaji (Gujarat), the Adinath bronze image (c.7th-8th century) from Sirpur (near Nandurbar, Maharashtra), the Jaina bronze images from Ghogha (Dist.Bhavnagar, Gujarat) and some of the finest examples of Buddha images from Mathura, Nalanda and Nepal/ Tibet. Besides, the Madhuri D. Desai Gallery includes some very superb Chola sculptures (c. 10th-12th century) from Tamil Nadu.
Initially, the collection was formed nearly 1000 years ago and now it is on display with the same objective of understanding the technical and the creative processes of traditional Indian miniature paintings.
Things to Buy
- A great place to shop for handloom and handicraft items prepared by local artisans, Ahmedabad Haat gives you ample opportunity to shop to your heart’s content. You can look forward to buying artifacts representing the culture of Gujarat, traditional embroidery, dress material, bhandhani from Kutch and Jamnagar, oxidized and pearl.
Things to Eat
- ◆ Roadside Ketli with a Maska-Bun
A Garam Chai Ki Pyaali is the most cherished beverage in India. Amdavad is known for its Ketli or kettle Chai, rich in aroma and equally relishing in taste. Try out the Chai along with a Maska-Bun and make your evenings in Ahmedabad memorable one.
◆Manek Chowk Paani Poori -
Manek Chowk is the busy jewelry hub of Ahmedabad. By night it transforms into a bustling foodie hotspot of Paani Puri, Sev-Puri, Masala Dabeli, Tikki-Chat-Pakodi, Pav Bhaji, Jalebi, and other delights.
◆Chicken Biryani - Famous for its 600-year old tradition of mouth-watering non-vegetarian delicacies, Bhatiyar Gali is a Non-Veg paradise at the heart of the vegetarian city of Ahmedabad. Narrow streets, crowded stalls, roaring surroundings and the rhythmic beatings of Bhatiyar Gali; this pretty much sums up this hottest hubbub of Amdavad. Tava-Biryani, Bheja Masala, Chicken Angaar, Kababs, Kheema Samosas, Chaap Fry, Bhuna Gosht; You name it, and this Gali will serve you the most authentic and sumptuous preparations.
Things to enjoy
- (1) Muni Punyavijayaji Gallery
(2) Madhuri D. Desai Gallery
(3) Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection of Indian Drawings
(4) Leelavati Lalbhai Woodwork Collection
(5) Arvind Lalbhai Collection
(6) Priyakant T. Munshaw Gallery of Coinage
(7) Gopi-Anand Beadwork Collection
Artifacts of the museum are divided in some gallery's on the name above mentioned, are most enjoyable things here.