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Mehrangarh Museum - Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Museum was established with an aim to house the collections of Maharajah Gaj Singh II.In the museum are showcased miniature paintings, portraits, books and manuscripts, weapons, textiles and tents, elephant howdahs and palanquins, and various artistic objects in 14 display rooms. One of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan, the museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathore rulers with arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.Selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730, are housed in one section of the fort museum. In the museum, there is a Turban Gallery that seeks to preserve, document and display different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan. Located in a part of the palace called Jhanki Mahal, Cradle Gallery once used to be the place from where women could peep through.Collection of miniature paintings, and paintings from the Marwar School also form the exhibits of the museum. These belong to the 18th and 19th centuries, when the distinctive Rajasthani style got blended with Mughal naturalism, local folk style and bold colours.A rare collection of armour and weapons from every period in the history of Marwar Jodhpur are housed in the Armoury Gallery.