Unlock the gate to enlightenment
Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has undertaken a project to conceptualise, design and supervise the John Marshall Museum and Buddhist Theme Park in Sanchi. The museum will be established in an existing heritage building.
The objective of the project is to establish a museum in memory of renowned archaeologist John Marshall and a Buddhist theme park representing the Sanchi site as well as the philosophies of Buddhism through specially designed immersive exhibits. The proposed concept and storyline enable its audiences to explore the social and cultural impact of the ancient past and get in- depth knowledge of 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 visitation and develop staffing plan.
The concept revolves around the teachings of the Buddha. His teachings lean on the religious and philosophical vocabulary of the time which is uniquely displayed at Sanchi. Sanchi is a tranquil ode to the magnificent undying Buddhist faith. All the Buddhist monuments evoke the presence of Buddha and his teachings. The cultural landscapes of Sanchi mark the broad concept for the Buddhist Theme Park at Sanchi.
Another component of the project is the John Marshall Museum. Over the centuries, archaeologists have played a major role in documenting, studying and conserving the monumental edifice at Sanchi. Marshall played a vital role in creating an artistic monograph for Sanchi. Today, the site is under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India with the precincts being maintained by PWD and horticulture department.