Sculptures
Paintings
Manuscripts
Weapons
Miscellaneous

Archaeological Site Museum, Sanghol
Library of Lala Lajpat Rai, Jagraon
Archaeological Museum, Hoshiarpur
Ferozshah Memorial, Ferozpur
Sangrur Museum, Sangrur
Sheesh Mahal Museum, Patiala
Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Museum, Sri Anandpur Sahib
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Amritsar
Shahed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Museum, Khatkar Kalian

Sheesh Mahal Museum,Patiala

Items on Display: Sculptures | Paintings | Miscellaneous | Manuscripts | Weapons


Maharaja Narendra Singh built Sheesh Mahal [Palace of Glasses] in 1847 AD at a cost of Rs 5 Lacs. It is situated in old Moti Bagh at a distance of 5 kms from railway station/bus stand of Patiala.

It is designed on the pattern of Shalimar garden of Lahore with terraces, fountains, channels and flowerbeds. It also boasts of a suspension bridge popularly known as "Laxman Jhoola" over a beautiful tank, which is a great attraction for visitors. Sheesh Mahal museum has a great importance in the field of paintings, sculptures, medals and decorative art objects.

Maharaja Narendera Singh, a patron of literature, music and fine arts employed many artists who hailed from Kangra and Rajasthan to paint these murals visualizing poetry of Surdas, Keashav Das and Bihari in line and color. Mythology, Legends, Raga-Ragani, Nayak-Nayika, Bara-Masa and incarnation of Vishnu are depicted on the walls of Rang Mahal chamber. Maharaja built a special room Sheesh Mahal to display the skills of artists in convex and colored mirrors.

Also Visit
Darbar Hall Museum, Qila Patiala
Qila Mubarak is said to be the only Sikh fort of its kind in Today's Punjab. Almost all other forts which exist in the State are either of Mughal or Pre-Mughal Origin.
Qila Mubarik, Traces its origins to the founder of Patiala, Baha Ala Singh who built it in 1763 after he became master of all tarritory lying between the Sutlej and the Ghaggar. He died in 1765 but the fort continued to be built by his successors.
A huge majestic structure spread over 12 acres, the fort has three major parts known as Qila Androon, Darbar hall, and Ranwas besides Jalau khana, Sarad Khana and Lassi Khana.
As many as 13 painted chambers and five Sheesh mahals adorn the Qila Androon where the Maharaja and ladies of the royal household used to stay.
There are nine courtyards. Each has a haveli with names like Moti Mahal, Heera Mahal etc and has been beautified with a white marble. Each such yard has excellent underground water drainage system. Pahari and Rajasthani murals and miniature paintings, can be seen in all inner and outer parts of the fort. These paintings dominate over the other colorful floral designs . At some places love legends of Punjab have been painted. There are paintings on subjects ranging from Ras Leela, Mahabharat, Vishnu Avtar and other mythological works inside the fort.
The Darbar Hall in the fort is a unique and majestic structure it has now a roof built with tin sheets having underneath a false ceiling artistically decorated. In this hall the rulers held Darbar on festival occasions during which both military and civil officers used to presented nazars in their traditional way it now houses arms, paintings and chandeliers gallery of the Punjab Govt. Museum, having a rich collection of arms and armours.
This is situated at a distance of 67 kilometer from Chandigarh & is a protected monument.