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Akshaya Kumar Maitreya Heritage Museum

About the Museum

The Akshaya Kumar Maitreya Heritage Museum incorporating Raja Rajaram Museum Collection was established in the University of North Bengal in February 1965. The Museum has now become a rich repository of collection in sculpture, coins, paintings, manuscripts etc. depicting the history and Heritage of North Bengal. It functions as a regional museum and is one of the few University Museums in India. The main objects of the Museum are to collect, preserve and study archaeological relics lying scattered in the six Districts of North Bengal and Sub-Himalayan Region.

How to Reach

Nearest Town: Siliguri 8 Km. on NH-31, (Bus, Taxi, Auto Service)

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) , (N.F.Railway, 18 Km.)

Airport: Bagdogra Airport, 7 Km.

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Gallery Planning

  1. Ground Floor
    1. Archaeological Gallery - I
    2. Archaeological Gallery - II

      1. Audio Visual Section / Conference Hall.
      2. Library / Reading Section.
      3. Office / CCTV Section
  2. First Floor
    1. Terracotta Gallery.
    2. Manuscripts and Coins Gallery
    3. Folk Art of North Bengal and Sub-Himalayan Region Gallery
      1. Wooden Masks
      2. Textiles Ornaments
      3. Arms and Weapons
      4. Ivory Works
      5. Fishing Equipments of North Bengal
      6. Traditional Musical Instruments of North Bengal and Sub-Himalayan Region
      7. Pata Chitras
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Sculpture in Stone
Danapati (Mundita-Kesa), Black basalt 
12th Century AD 
Find Spot: Chaulhati, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
Visnu, Sand Stone 
8th Century AD 
Find Spot: Gangarampur, South Dinajpur, West Bengal
Camunda, Black Basalt 
11th Century AD 
Find Spot: Raiganj, West Bengal
     
Siva (Dhyani), Black Stone 
Early 10th Century AD 
Find Spot: South Dinajpur, West Bengal.
Mahisa-mardini (Dasabhuja), Black Stone 
12th Century AD 
Find Spot: Ghosh Pukur, Darjeeling, West Bengal
Nandi, Black Stone 
12th Century AD 
Find Spot: Patkata-Katoyali, West Bengal
     
Sculpture in Bronze
Mahisa-marddini, Octo-alloy 
18th Century AD 
Find Spot: Kuchlibari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal
Siva-Sakti (Yab-yum pose), Octo-alloy 
12 Century AD 
Find Spot: Mathabhanga, Cooch Behar, West Bengal
Gaja Laksmi, Octo-alloy 
18th Century AD 
Find Spot: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
     
Ambika, Octo-alloy 
10th Century AD 
Find Spot: Paharpur, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Ardhanarisvara, Octo-alloy 
19th Century AD 
Find Spot: Kuchlibari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal
Uma-lingana (inscribed), Octo-alloy 
12th Century AD 
Find Spot: South Dinajpur, West Bengal
     
Uma-lingana Murti, Octo-alloy 
12th Century AD 
Find Spot: Patagora, Islampur, West Bengal
     
Sculpture in Terracota
Ganapati (Seated) in Maharajalila Pose, (Terracota) 
Find Spot: Balurghat, West Bengal
Dasabhuja Mahisa-marddini (Terracota) 
18 Century AD 
Find Spot: Malda, West Bengal
Terracota Folk Object (Bird motif) 
Find Spot: Ghosh Pukur, Darjeeling, West Bengal
     
Terracota Votive piece 
Find Spot: Ghosh Pukur, Darjeeling, West Bengal
Balaramavatara (Terracota) 
18th Century AD 
Find Spot: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Matsyavatara (Terracota) 
18th Century AD 
Find Spot: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
     
Ornaments
Ring with Facial Motifs 
19th Century AD 
Find Spot: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Painchhi, Ornament 
19th Century AD 
Find Spot: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Chandrahaar 
     
Coins Collection
Shah Alam (Murshidabad Mint) 
Silver
Shah Alam (Murshidabad Mint),
With Provision for wearing as talisman 
Silver
Shah Alam (Murshidabad Mint) 
Silver
     
Cooch Behar (half coin), Upendranarayana(?) 
Silver
Cooch Behar (half coin), Sivendra Narayana Bhup
Silver
Cooch Behar (half coin), Rajendra Narayana 
Silver
     
Cooch Behar (half coin), Dhairjendra Narayana(?) 
Silver
Tibetan Coin (forged?)
Copper
Find Spot: Kalimpong, West Bengal
     
Folk Objects
Fishing Equipment of North Bengal 
Ivory Bazra or Boat, Murshidabad
     
Wooden Mask 
Musical Instruments of North Bengal Sub-Himalayan Region

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