RAVINDER SINGH MALK
Dharohar, a museum of its kind set up on the Kurukshetra University premises in its Golden Jubilee year, is a showcase of rich culture and heritage of Haryana. Around 25 lakh people across the country and world have visited the museum so far. Besides, people of 108 countries witnessed the belongings in museum.It’s a museum of its kind with more than 50 sections and galleries presenting various aspects of archaeological and architectural history of Haryana.
It was set up with an objective to keep the state’s culture alive and inform the coming generations about the rich culture and heritage of Haryana.Towards the end of the museum, there is a beautifully constructed village. It gives a feel of typical Haryanavi village and reflects the culture and history of the state in a most beautiful way unfolding lots of unheard, unseen aspects of the bygone era. The galleries set up in the museum contains Haryanavi costumes, wooden carts, jewellery, toys, storage containers, musical instruments made of brass and coppers and farming tools.
It also has belongings such as mud kitchen with containers, mud pots to keep eatables, and traditional chulha with cow-dunk cakes. Besides, there are shops of tailors, barbers, blacksmiths, potters, weavers, bangle sellers representing old Haryana culture and ancient occupations of commoners. One of the galleries is dedicated to the Indian Army and showcases the pictures of war martyrs. It contains war memorials and medals of soldiers. It also has an open-air theatre for cultural performances. The museum also has more than 1,000 old coins, of which 307 are ancient coins belonging to Mughal emperors and other rulers. The rare coins have been donated by a resident of Kaithal, Ajay Bhardwaj. These coins belong to the regime of Nasirshah, Sultan of Malwa, Sikandar Begum and many rulers from the year 906 to 1901. There is a display of names of those 879 people who have donated old belongings to the museum.
A 30-member committee was constituted to set up the museum in 2005 and the university administration also decided to purchase the belongings pertaining to the heritage and culture of the state with the help of the committee. Finally, the museum came into existence in 2006 with an initial budget of Rs 1.5 crore for construction of the building. The second part of museum was started in 2013. There is also a library on the top floor. More than 6,000 researchers have visited the museum for research. It is learnt that between 1,500 and 2,000 people visit the museum every day.
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