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Ram Katha Sangrahalaya in Ayodhya: Gallery displaying Gumnami Baba’s belonging, soon to open for public

The belongings of Gumnami Baba, whom some believe was Indian National Army leader Subhas Chandra Bose living in disguise, are all set to be displayed for the public.

lucknow Updated: Oct 17, 2017 12:48 IST
Belongings of Gumnami Baba on display in Ayodhya.
Belongings of Gumnami Baba on display in Ayodhya.(HT Photo)

The belongings of Gumnami Baba, whom some believe was Indian National Army leader Subhas Chandra Bose living in disguise, are all set to be displayed for the public.

The UP Museum Directorate took almost a year to put the belongings of the mysterious godman Gumnami Baba for public display at Ram Katha Sangrahalaya in Ayodhya. The gallery will get operational by the end of next month.

Following the Allahabad High Court’s 2013 order on Gumnami Baba, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announced the construction of the galleries for displaying the belongings of Gumnami Baba. After Yadav’s order, the museum directorate started the construction of the gallery.

Besides, Yadav had also constituted an enquiry committee to probe Gumnami Baba’s origin. He ordered to carry out the identification of Gumnami Baba’s belongings packed in 9 heavy iron trunks preserved in the treasury of Faizabad.

Following the order, the probe committee, headed by UP Museum Directorate, began unlocking the trunks and probed the connection of the recovered items with Subhas Chandra Bose, said an official with the state museum.

Thousands of articles were recovered, however, officials only chose around 425 articles, including 332 books, for display. “Segregation of Baba’s belonging was no easy task. Of the total 2500 articles, around 425 were shortlisted for the public display,” the official added.

After the items were shortlisted, the museum directorate hired Uttar Pradesh Awas Vkas Parishad’s (UPAVP), the constructing agency, and began the construction of the galleries at Ram Katha Sangrahalaya in Ayodhya.

UPAVP further hired an expert agency that has restored many Nawabi era structures in the state capital and is presently handling the restoration of Chhatar Manzil. As a part of the project, around two galleries of 60x40 feet each have been constructed.

“We are done with the galleries, packed with illuminated wooden shelves, displaying the belongings of Baba,” said Nitin Kohli, a contractor who is carrying out the construction work.

Other than the two galleries, the directorate has also set up a separate ‘digitized section’. “It’s a special section, specially meant for the technically advanced visitors who can access the digitised version of the books, recovered from Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji,” said AK Singh, director, UP Museum Directorate.

Singh said the work at the galleries was almost done, however, the digitisation work was on. “It will take us another month to get the whole work done,” he added.