I visited the SPS Museum yesterday which is located in Lal Mandi, Srinagar, Kashmir. Trust me, this is by far the best museum I have ever visited. There are many wonderful artefacts worth seeing. It has brilliant collection of our history which depicts our culture to a large extent.
Glance Through The SPS Museum
There lies a collection of statues of the Hindu gods. Hand carved statues of Shiva, Parvati, Krishna and so on, by the artists from 2nd to 14th century can be seen here.
This idol of Lord Shiva is believed to be dated 6th century AD and has recently been unearthed at Harwan on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir and was Moved to Shri Pratap Singh Museum.
The Stolen Idol
This Durga Idol known as Durga Mahishasuramardini made of lush green stone was stolen in 1991 from Tengpora, Pulwama district of south Kashmir. It was spotted at the Linden state Museum in Germany who claimed that the artefact dated back 9th -10th century. The Linden State Museum for Ethnology in Stuttgart bought the statue of the eight-armed goddess for $250,000 from Subhash Kapoor, a New York based art dealer.
The federal state of Baden-Württemberg returned the statue called “Durga Mahishasuramardini” to the Republic of India “for ethical reasons”, Arndt Oschmann from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts.
The statue was returned to India as a goodwill gesture and neither the museum nor the federal state of Baden-Württemberg received any compensation.
Heaven For Art Lovers
One can find old musical instruments, weapons, old currencies, sculptures, historical items, wonderful pieces of art and architecture, tiles and other artefacts excavated in various parts of Kashmir. I had only read about these things in books, but to see them in reality was a magical experience. I was accompanied by Adil who was very supportive and taught me a lot about the art, culture and history of Kashmir. It was an unexpected delight. I want to thank Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh, Miss Rabiya Quereshi and Adil for being cooperative and kind. I hope to visit again soon.
The SPS Museum is open all days except Monday from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Edited by: Himesh Saraf