The city of Mysore is gifted with many interesting sightseeing places, making it an ideal holidaying destination. Sand Sculpture Museum is the most recent addition to the list of places to see in Mysore. Located on the way to Chamundi Hills, this unique museum is first of its kind in India.
An excellent example of creative brilliance, sand sculpture museum offers a creative setting with artistic works. Intricate carvings on the sand, delicateness of the sculptures and their unique themes make it a place worth visiting.
Exhibits at the Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
Sand sculpture Museum displays around 150 sculptures of sand in 16 different themes, which have been placed over an area of 13500 sq. feet. These sand sculptures have been created using more than 115 truckloads of sand. Various interesting themes have been used at the museum ranging from mysore heritage, wildlife, culture, instances from different religious epics and fairy tales and stories.
At the entrance of the museum, tourists will see a statue of Lord Ganesha, which has a height of 15 feet. Other sand sculptures at the museum are of Goddess Chamundeshwari, erstwhile Mysore King Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar who is shown seated on his throne during a Dasara festival, Lord Krishna and Arjuna on a horse-drawn chariot, Laughing Buddha, Christmas tree and Santa Claus, Disneyland, ancient Egypt, zodiac wheel, instances from Arabian nights, Tom & Jerry cartoon, etc.
Creation of sand sculptures at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
Created solely with sand and water and a small amount of glue, these sand sculptures captivate every visitors with their entrancing beauty. Although sand sculptures are usually created on beaches for a short period of time. At this museum, these sculptures are protected from sun and rain. Insecticides are also used to protect them from insects. These sand sculptures can last upto 1 year of time. It is estimated that more than 100 truckloads of sand has been used in the making of this museum.
This Sand sculpture Museum is the brainchild of MN Gowri, one of the leading sand sculptors of India. A bachelor in fine arts, Gowri, took four months of hard work and unwavering dedication to create this unique museum. This eco-friendly attraction in the Mysore city is established over a spread of lush green area. Her journey into the world of sand sculpting began with at a festival which was organised at Suttur Mutt, Mysore by the Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha. She had created a sand sculpture of Lord Shiva with Linga and snake for this festival.
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum Timings and Entry Fee
This museum is open on all days of the week. Visiting timings of Sand Sculpture Museum is from 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM. The entry fee for Sand Sculpture Museum is Rs.40 per person for adults while for kids it is rs.20 per person.
Reaching Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
Sand Sculpture Museum is easily accessible via road. it is about 6 km away from Mysore bus stand. Tourists can either hire a cab or take an auto rickshaw to the museum. Many city buses also run via this museum. As it is located at the Sapthamathruka Layout, at the foothills of Chamundi Hills, tourists can club visit to this place with Chamundeshwari Temple.