Bhojpur is a town of historical and religious importance in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh, India. The Bhojpur Shiva Temple, or Bhojeshwar Temple, also known as Somanath of the East is an unfinished temple located at Bhojpur Village near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The Bhojeshwar Temple located near the Betwa River was founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar Raja Bhoj (1010-1055). A massive Shiva lingam rising to a height of 22 feet and made of a single block of polished stone is the main attraction in this ornate temple. The linga is one of the tallest in India.
The temple which has earned the nomenclature of the Somnath of the east, the Bhojeshwar Temple. The temple was never completed and the earthen ramp used to raise it to dome-level still stands. Had it been completed, it would have had very few rivals. As it is, even with the ravages of time, it remains one of the best examples of temple architecture of the 11th - 13th centuries.
The Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha (Hindi: मध्य प्रदेश विधान सभा) or the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly is the unicameral state legislature of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The seat of the Vidhan Sabha is at Bhopal, the capital of the state. It is housed in the Vidhan Bhavan. The Vidhan Bhavan was inaugurated on: 3rd Aug 1996. The Vidhan Bhavan is a huge building, covering an area of more than 32,000 sq. metres of built space (10.24 Hectares - 25.26 Acrs).
The architect of Vidhan Sabha was Mr. Charles Correa and landscape architect was Mr. Kishore Pradhan. The Engineer was Mr. S. K. Murthy, the Structural Engineer was Mr. Mahendra Raj and the Acoustic Engineers was Mr. Gautam Suri. The decorator of Vidhan Sabha was Mr. Satish Madhiwala. The total cost of this Vidhan Sabha project was 56.00 Crores INR. Seeing the form taken by the normal run of Government architecture, the Vidhan Bhawan could have degenerated into a lump of heavy dough perched on a hill. In point of fact viewed from any point of the compass the Vidhan Bhavan impresses by its light footedness and efferverscence.
History of Vidhan Sabha-
The history of Madhya Pradesh legislature can be traced back to 1913, as the Cenral Provinces Legislative Council was formed on 8 November of this year. Later, the Government of India Act 1935 provided for the elected Central Provinces Legislative assembly. The first elections to the Central Provinces Legislative Assembly were held in 1937.
After Indian independence in 1947, the erstwhile province of Central Provinces and Berar along with a number of princely states merged with the Indian Union became a new state, Madhya Pradesh. The strength of the legislative assembly of this state was 184.
The present-day Madhya Pradesh state came into existence on 1 November 1956 following the reorganization of states. It was created by merging the erstwhile Madhya Pradesh (without the Marathi speaking areas, which were merged with Bombay state), Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal states. The strengths of the legislative assemblies of Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal were 79, 48 and 23 respectively. On 1 November 1956 the legislative assemblies of all four erstwhile states were also merged together to form the reorganized Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha. The tenure of this first Vidhan Sabha was very short, it was dissolved on 5 March 1957.
The first elections to the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha were held in 1957 and the second Vidhan Sabha was constituted on 1 April 1957. Initially, the strength of the Vidhan Sabha was 288 which was later enhanced to 321, including one nominated member. On 1 November 2000, a new state, Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh state. As a result, the strength of the Vidhan Sabha was reduced to 231, including a nominated member. The present house, the Thirteenth Vidhan Sabha was constituted on 11 December 2008.
Address- Arera Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
The State Archaeological Museum of Madhya Pradesh was earlier known as Bhopal Museum. It was during the reign of Nawab Shah Jehan Begum (1868-1901) that a serious effort was made to collect rare objects for the Museum. It was inaugurated in November 2005 and is housed in a new majestic building. It is located near the Museum of Man and the Regional Science Centre. The Archaeological Museum in Bhopal houses a splendid collection of sculptures brought from various parts of the state.
The State Museum, Bhopal is the treasure house of antiquities such as coins, excavated artifacts like terracotta articles, sculpture, and paintings of the most significant historical sites around the region. The State Museum of Bhopal exhibits a splendid collection of the antiques retrieved from various excavated sites of Madhya Pradesh. The State Museum, Bhopal is devoted to archeology. The State Museum of Bhopal also exhibits the samples of the beautiful carvings of Khajuraho's romantic couples. Apart from this the State Museum at Bhopal harbors 87 Jain bronzes that are retrieved from Dhar, an excavated site of Madhya Pradesh whose origination dated back to the Paramara Dynasty of 12th century.
The paintings belonging to different period, the handicrafts of the tribal’s, the musical instruments, the figurines and other important artifacts having historical significance are displayed in different departments of the Bhopal State Museum. The various archaeological findings exhibited in the State Museum at Bhopal illustrated the rich cultural history of Madhya Pradesh.
Museum Opening Hour-
10 A.M. to 5 P.M except on Mondays and Government holidays.
Address- Banganga Marg,Near Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, india.
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, an autonomous organization of Government of India. The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is involved in generating a new museum movement in India, with open, freewheeling, flexible plan, to demonstrate the simultaneous validity of human cultures and the plurality of alternative for human articulation. A nucleus of a 'National Museum of Man' began functioning from New Delhi from 21st March, 1977 as part of the Anthropological Survey of India.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is spearheading an interactive Museum Movement in India, to celebrate the ‘simultaneous validity’ of various valuable cultural patterns evolved over thousands of years. The Organization is working for national integration, and promotes research and training and inter-institutional networking for Salvage and revitalization of vanishing but valuable cultural traditions and highlights the unity and diversity; and organizes exhibitions to present an integrated story of biological evolutions and variations. The IGRMS, through its exhibitions and salvage activities, demonstrates the aesthetic qualities of India’s traditional life styles; local knowledge and mores cherished for thousands of years, and caution the people against unprecedented destruction of ecology, environment, local values, customs etc.
- Indoor Galleries (Veethi-Sankul and Bhopal Gallery)
- Periodical/ Temporary Exhibitions.
- Online Exhibitions
- Travelling Exhibitions
- Special Exhibitions
- Ongoing Exhibitions
Phone- +91-755- 2526531, 2526500 & 2661319
Birla Museum, Bhopal is an archaeological museum established in 1971 and is one of its kinds among the various museums of Bhopal. The rich culture and heritage and its various aspects get manifested in the Birla Museum in Bhopal which occupies a significant place among the monuments and museums in Bhopal. Stone sculptures, terracottas, manuscripts and paintings are displayed in this museum.
The various objects that are exhibited in the museum date from the primitive period onwards. There are primitive tools and implements that were used during the Paleolithic and Neolithic period which are also on display. A marvelous scale model of the Bhimbetka rock shelter with its ancient murals is surely going to astound the onlookers with its divine appeal. The tourists interested in archaeology can also observe the stone sculptures that date from the 7th to 13th century collected from the various archaeological sites. Coins and manuscripts and Terracotta belonging to 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD are also exhibited.
Museum Opening Hour-
Timing: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Closed on Mondays and government holidays).
Address: Vallabh Bhavan , Bhopal – 462004, Madhya Pradesh, India.
The Regional Science Center Bhopal was opened on 12th January 1995 by the then president of India late Shankar Dayal Sharma. This center is one of the 27 constituent units of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) which is an autonomous scientific organization under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, engaged in popularizing Science and Technology amongst students in particular and the masses in general, through a wide range of activities and interactive programmers.
2. Fun Science
3. The Umbrella
4. The Energy
5. Science Park
1. Tara Mandal Show
2. 3-D Science Show
3. Sky Observation Show
1. Indoor Activities-
a. Science Demonstration Lecture
b. Computer Awareness Programs
c. Creative Ability Center
d. Popular Science Lecture
e. Science Drama
f. Teacher Training Programs
g. Vacation Creative Ability Programs
2. Outdoor Activities-
a. Science Demonstration Lecture
b. Mobile Science Exhibition
A 200 seating capacity fully air conditioned auditorium equipped with Audio/visual systems is available at a nominal Maintenance Charge.
a) Rs. 3000/- for 8 hours
b) Rs. 1500/- for 4 hours
2. Conference Hall-
A 25 seating capacity fully air conditioned conference hall is available for holding meeting etc. at a Maintenance Charge.
a) Rs. 1000/- for 8 hours
b) Rs. 500/- for 4 hours
Center Opening Hours-
The Science Center is open to public on all days including Sundays and public holidays from 10.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. The Center is closed on Holi & Diwali.
Admission Fees (per head) -
For general visitors - Rs. 10.00
For students in group - Rs. 5.00
Fee for 3D Science show:
Rs. 10/- per head for general visitors
Rs. 5/- per head for the school groups
Address- Banganga Road, Opposite T.T.T.I., Shyamla Hills, BHOPAL – 462002, Madhya Pradesh, india.