Amer, Jaipur's ancient capital was a city founded by Raja Alan Singh of the Chanda clan of Meenas. During 967 AD, this place was known to be a flourishing settlement. It was then conquered by the Rajputs clan called Kachwaha.
Amer Archaeological Museum is a fabulous collection of the escavated material from the sites like Rairth, Nagar, Bairat, Sambhar and and the epigraphs and sculptures collected from different sites in the Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is established in 1949 at Vidyadhar Gardens in Purana Ghat. But in 1992, whole collection was shifted to Dil-e-Aaram Garden.
The Amer (Jaipur) Archaeological Museum is divided into three sections each reflecting a small part of history.
The first section of the museum is an archaeological section. This section exhibits the archaeological findings as well as materials which were recovered during the excavation of various ancient sites. Rairh is a site which was considered to be metallurgical centre and commercial center during the historic times. Here people have found different kinds of coins, pottery, different toys and figures of female goddess. Other areas include Bairat , Sambhar, Nagar, Pamvar, Bansi and Virat Nagar
The second and third sections are sculpture section and epigraphy section respectively.
A person can also get to see two yupa stumbhs or Pillars which were used as sacrificial post. These pillars have Barnala inscriptions; Pratihar Sculptures from Abhaneris that go back to 8th centuary AD as well as Terracotta objects from places like Bairat, Nagar, Rairh and Sambhar. All of these findings clearly indicate and go back towards the different historic periods.
It is said that the stubs or pillars have a particular bonding between heaven and earth. This is a cosmic connection of the two. In the inscription of the pillars, it states that the son of Dharaka named Ahisarman was the brains behind erecting these pillars. It was believed that Ahisarman was a Malava Chief. There is also a note that these pillars could also have some kind of association with the Shivling. The inscriptions on the pillars also have a little hymn which shows the connection of Lord Shiva along with the two yupa stambhs or pillars.
For people to get a better understanding the findings and materials have been arranged in a chronological order so that people or visitors can understand as well as families themselves with Rajasthan's contribution in history as well as the different arts that have been in place for a very long time.
Amer Archaeological Museum, Jaipur
Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed: Friday and Gazetted Holidays