LD Indology Museum is another interesting place of attraction in Gujarat. The institution has been established with the ultimate objective of collecting, restoring and preserving the artifacts and manuscripts of ancient India. At the same moment, the museum provides wonderful scope for the scholars to engage in detail study and researches. The institute also organizes workshops on paleography and manuscriptology and is regarded to be storehouse of Jain manuscripts.
The museum is divided into various sections that include Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection, Arvindbhai Collection, P T Munshaw Gallery, Punyavijayji Gallery, Madhuri Desai Gallery and so on. The museum features the largest head statute of Gautama Buddha which was obtained from Gandhara. Similarly, visitors shall also find in the museum oldest carved sandstone statue of Lord Rama which dates back to the period of sixth century A.D and has been collected from Madhya Pradesh. The museum also contains Lord Adinath’s bronze sculpture that was obtained Sirpur along with godess Aindri’s cult image that was brough from Shamlaji. Tourists shall have the opportunity to appreciate the bronze images that were obtained from Tamil Nadu, Sarnath, Ghoda and Mathura.
The museum was established in the year of 1956 by Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Shri Punyavijayji. The library of this museum was came up in the year of 1984 and presently it is comprising of manuscripts of about 75,000 including that of illustrated versions of about 500 together with printed books of about 45000. These documents cover various ancient Indian subjects like poetics, grammar, Jaina philosophy, Buddhism, Vedas, Tantras, Agamas and many more. The founders of the museum made it a point to properly preserve these ancient manuscripts and artifacts. They utilized scientific technology for the reorganization of several Jain manuscripts in an organized manner. This museum organizes various programs that include special exhibitions, film shows, slide shows, popular lectures and so on. As a part of its permanent program, the museum offers useful guidelines to the public for preserving cultural heritage of the country.
Where is it located?
It is situated in the heart of the city of Ahmedabad and is considered to be the most amazing place to visit in India. From the nearest airport of Jamnagar it will roughly take 317 km to reach the museum via NH 8A. The distance will be approximately 262 km to reach this museum from Surat railway station through NH8 and NE1.