Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

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Timings : 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Free

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Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Ahmedabad Overview

Abbreviated as L.D Museum, the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum has Indian sculptures, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, miniature paintings, woodwork, beadwork and ancient and contemporary coins. It was established in 1984. The museum is an outcome of visions of Muni Punyavijayaji, an erudite monk scholar and Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai, the well-known industrialist of Ahmedabad.

The museum is located on the premises of the L.D. Institute of Indology. All the major regional styles of the sub-continent find their place on the ground floor in Madhuri D. Desai Gallery. The museum has finest paintings in Gujarati Jaina Style, some of which are older than Mughal Period. The paintings find their place on the 1st floor of the Museum Building.

In its eastern wing of the Muni Punyavijayaji Gallery, there is a section displaying the Leelavati Lalbhai Woodwork Collection. The museum houses 76,000 handwritten Jain Manuscripts (500 illustrated versions) and 45000 printed books. This makes it as the largest collection of Jain scripts. The old books are written in languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Old Gujarati, Apabhramsa, Hindi and Rajasthani.

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Things to explore 

Madhuri D. Desai Gallery- Largest head of Buddha, the earliest cult image of Lord Rama, a rare figure of Matrika Indrani, the Adinath bronze image and the Jaina bronze images from Ghogha. Besides this, it also has Chola Sculptures from Tamil Nadu.
Muni Punyavijayaji Gallery- It has a collection of wooden book covers (patli) created for palm leaf manuscripts. It has paintings in Gujarati Jaina style The Jaina pilgrimage painting on cloth made in 1433 at Champaner (Gujarat) is the earliest of all. Also, it has the earliest painted paper manuscript of the Shantinath Charitra which is officially recognised as a global treasure by UNESCO.
Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection of Indian Drawings- It has over 1855 Indian drawings and unfinished paintings. Initially the collection was formed 1000 years ago. It represents the old school of miniature paintings. The Ramayana and many other themes are represented through these paintings.
Some other paths for exploration include, The Gopi-Anand Bead Work Collection, Arvind Lalbhai Collection and Priyakant T. Munshaw Gallery of Coinage.

Tips For Visiting Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

Photography is not permitted inside the museum.

How To Reach Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

It is located Opposite Gujarat University, Navarangpura, therefore, has an easy access to rickshaws, buses and taxis.

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