The Haryana government will set up a museum at Rakhigarhi village in Hisar district, archaeology minister Ram Bilas Sharma said here on Wednesday.
Stating that around Rs 5 crore would be spent on the museum, Sharma told mediapersons here that it would be set up on five acres of land donated by the village panchayat. The proposed museum would have on display various items excavated at Rakhigarhi which is the biggest site of Harappan civilisation in the south-east Asia, he said and added that the work for the construction of the museum at Rakhigarhi would be taken up within a month. The site is now under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India.
Sharma said that the excavations made at Rakhigarhi revealed that it would be the fourth biggest township in the world, the three others were Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa in Pakistan, and Dholavira in Kutch, in Gujarat. The Archaeologists are of the view that Rakhigarhi would have been the biggest township of India during Indus civilisation, he added. Spread in over about 325 hectares, the site has a height of 22 metre from the surface level.
Additional chief secretary, archeology Vijai Vardhan, who also present on the occasion, said that the excavations reflected signs of drainage at Rakhigarhi and revealed that in even those times there used to be drains along streets and roads in addition to houses.
Terracotta pipes used for drainage had also been found while the excavations included utensils, human skeletons and images of ox, cow and buffaloes and ornaments made of stones, stone statues and weapons made of bones, he said and added that the finding of clay toys of cattle made one believe that during those days people used to worship them.
An important seal of Rakhigarhi depicted a composite figure of a man, bull, unicorn, elephant and tiger, he said and added that a seal of a tiger excavated could be the logo of the museum to be set up at Rakhigarhi.
MUSEUM AT PANCHKULA
Sharma also said that the government had decided to set up a museum at Panchkula near here, to display significant archeological findings. Stating that it would be set up at a cost of about Rs 30 crore, Sharma said that the work to set up the museum would commence in about four months.