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.

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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.

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