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Smt. Shalini Pandit, IAS

Commissioner-Cum-Secretary, Odia Language Literature & Culture Department, Govt. of Odisha

Shri Dilip Routray, IAS

Director, Odia Language Literature & Culture Department, Govt. of Odisha

Dr. Bhagyalipi Malla

Superitendent Of OSM, Odia Language Literature & Culture Department, Govt. of Odisha

Welcome To Our Museum

History Of Our Museum

The genesis of the Odisha State Museum goes back to the year 1932, when two notable historians Prof. N. C Banerjee & Prof. Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack started collection of archaeological treasures from various places. The small museum was then housed within the premises of the College. In 1938, by a suitable order, the Government of Odisha transformed this nucleus into the Provincial museum of Odisha.

Maintaining close contact with the general public and the Archaeological Department of the Government of India and other States, the Museum continued to grow. In order to popularize the cultural exhibits of the Museum, leaflets printed both in Odia and English were published in the Samaj and the New Odisha and copies of the same were sent to officials and the public to create a sense of awareness about the significance of the Museum. As a result of this publicity, students and the general public started visiting the Museum in large numbers. The teachers of the History Department made sustained efforts to explain to them the cultural value of the Museum and its exhibits.

References on Galleries of OSM

Museum photo Gallery

Welcome our Manuscript photo gallery has very nice and better collection.You can visit the gallery of each Manuscript category below

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Museum Virtual Gallery

Explore the Odisha State Museum with a Virtual Gallery tour.This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts.

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Palmleaf Manuscripts

The palm leaf Manuscript of Odisha State Museum have become the centre of attraction and interest of whole world . Around 40,000 palm leaf manuscripts have been preserved in Odisha State Museum. It is strange but true that Odisha enjoys the pride of place having the largest collection of manuscripts in the entire world. The collections of manuscripts in the State Museum categorized into 27 sections consisting of Vedas, Tantra, Religious, Scriptures, Philosophy, Astrology, Ayurveda, Grammar, Lexicon, Music, Puranas, Kavyas, Mathematics etc. .
Illustrated Manuscript

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An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration, such as decorated initials, borders (marginalia) and miniature illustrations.

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The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities, primarily the divine Trimurti God in Hinduism through divine stories.


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Tantra has been one of the most neglected branches of Indian spiritual studies despite the considerable number of texts devoted to this practice, which dates back to the


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Veda are a large body of texts originating in ancient India.

Oriya Literature

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The original works of Oriya literature like Samhita, Gita, Malika, Bhajana, Janana, Chautisa, Chhandas, Chaupadis, Chitau, Poi, Boli, Padia, Champu, Pala, Suanga, Lila,


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Silphasastra is an umbrella term for numerous Hindu texts that describe manual arts, the standards for religious Hindu iconography, prescribing among other things, the p


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Jyotisha (or Jyotish from Sanskrit jyotiṣa, from jyótis- "light, heavenly body") is the traditional Hindu system of astronomy and astrology.


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The oldest attested full case and tense system grammar of a language from the Indo-European language family.