Sir Chhotu Ram Memorial Museum

You must have visited museums established by the government, rare & precious things gathered by learned masters and in the residences of the Kings in which you find rare and unique items. But rare do we find a museum established by a Saint, a person who was denied any kind of formal school education.

Such a museum is adorned at the place named Sangaria. Its foundation stone was laid down by Swami Keshwanand ji. He adopted sainthood in his early childhood days and arrived at Sangaria in 1932. In those days a resource deficient Middle School was running here. Swami ji undertook the responsibility of running the school and slowly & steadily, it was the result of his 40 years hard work & efficiency an institution with many schools & colleges. Not only this, but he also founded Sir Chhotu Ram Memorial Museum.

There is a very interesting story behind the establishment of the museum. Swami ji found some stone statues from somewhere. At that time we were not aware of historical value and importance of these statues. In 1938 he kept those statues in the campus of his school hostel. When the students started playing with these statues he removed them from there and placed them in a room. People started coming to the room in order to see those statues. This instance inspired Swami ji and he started collecting rare and unique things consequently a museum was born.

Wherever Swami ji went he brought statues, pictures, coins, clothes & numerous other items with him. Subsequently, after some time the items were increased in such a large manner that many rooms & galleries were constructed for the museum on the first floor of the huge school building. On the upper floor of the museum a huge library with thousands of books, was also established. This museum library was not only visited by learned and common people but also by our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Chaudhary Charan Singh and many other politicians.

Later on a separate building was built for the museum. The building comprises of galleries, six big rooms in which there is a collection of very precious & valuable things related to history, art & folk culture.

Not only this but, we also find things related to foreign countries. Especially, the imagesgraphs of the huge, Kamandal, of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s Court & of the “Chamber of Princess” (Feb 14, 1921) are picturesque & worth watching.

The building of the museum is situated amidst a lush green park. At the main entrance there is a huge statue of Rani Lakshmibai. Moreover, nearby is a memorial temple of Swami Keshwanand ji.

Picture Gallery