New Galleries of Goa State Museum

The Goa State Museum opened 4 new galleries in the Adil Shah palace which has interesting artifacts. The first gallery called ‘Glimpses of Goan culture’ shows the religious aspect of Goa. Old worshipping utensils like dhoop-dani and kumkum box, time-honored dresses of Hindus, as well as traditional musical instruments were put on display.  Eye-catching exhibits in the first gallery are a Tulsi Vrindavan made by Vishnu Cuncalkar and a diorama of a Shiva temple.

The second gallery is about ‘Goan expression through the ages’.  Here there are old sculptures of deities, stone inscriptions, and photos of rock carvings from approximately 8000 BC. Hero memorial stones and sati stones which are full of symbols are also exhibited here.

The third gallery called ‘The Portuguese phase’ has wooden sculptures of saints. Striking objects here are huge chests of drawers, an old printing machine of Goa, and a victory flag of the Portuguese over Dutch.  Lastly, the fourth gallery is about Goa’s freedom struggle which is shown through photos.