Buddhist cultural Park and John Marshall House Museum Sanchi

20/02/2019

The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas - hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha or his followers.

By -- Shyamal Sinha

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) is a nodal firm under Department of Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh (DoT) with a mandate to develop tourism infrastructure.MPSTDC has undertaken this project to conceptualise, design and supervise the John Marshall Museum and Buddhist Theme Park in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh. The museum will be established in an existing heritage building.

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The main objective of the project is to establish a museum in memory of Sir John Marshall and a Buddhist theme park representing the Sanchi site and the philosophies of Buddhism through specially designed immersive exhibits - integrating physical and digital interactive design and specialised theme park related structures and exhibits. The proposed concept and storyline enable its audiences to explore the social and cultural impact of the ancient past and understand the Buddhist philosophy. Other important objectives are to work out a plan to implement innovations in the landscaping components, physical infrastructure, specific actions to increase visitors, and develop staffing plan.

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This Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) builds upon the cultural significance of the site, recognised by UNESCO nearly three decades ago. The larger goal is to create an interactive and visitor friendly theme park and museum. The current effort has been an exercise in assertion and continuity, just with an added inducement for quickening the process. The concept has been communicated through interactive designs.

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Another component of the project is the John Marshall House Museum. Over the centuries, the archaeologists have played a major role in documenting, studying and conserving the monumental edifice at Sanchi. John Marshall, the most renowned archaeologist played a vital role in creating an artistic monograph for Sanchi. Efforts made by other scholars are rightly reflected in the preserved state of the World Heritage Sites (WHS). Now, the site is under the jurisdiction of the archaeological survey of India, the precincts are maintained by Public Works Department (PWD) and horticulture department.

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The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.

 

Source  -- MPSTDC

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