Purkhauti Muktangan – An Ode To The Ancestors


Wide, broad, lamppost-lined roads of New Raipur leads to this 200-acre culture and heritage park called Purkhauti Muktangan. I fell in love with the name as soon as I heard it. It is difficult to translate it in essence but roughly it would mean an open (with a tinge of freedom) courtyard for the ancestral heritage. Also referred to as an open museum. As you approach it through empty roads and spaces, you can see the huge wrought iron gates of this cultural village.

Tribal motifs on the walls of Purkhauti Muktangan
Tribal motifs on the walls of Purkhauti Muktangan

Boundary walls painted with folk stories will catch your eye. The fact that it is an open space instead of a closed display makes it inviting, to say the least.

Traditional storytelling metal gates at Purkhauti Muktangan
Traditional storytelling metal gates at Purkhauti Muktangan

Purkhauti Muktangan – Places to visit in Raipur

We entered the place through one of those story-telling gates to be greeted by the large figures showcasing the lives of the Chhattisgarhi people. Boundary walls all around are painted in rich colors and tribal patterns. All tribes are depicted as dioramas showing their typical dances in their traditional attires. There are masks depicting various faces, and a park depicting the wood carving art with full tree trunks being carved right there.

Even the water tank is painted with murals to match the surroundings and not stand out and disturb the ambiance. A section of the park depicts the tribal jewelry with walls pasted with huge earrings, and bangles dotting the green grass. I found this the most innovative part of the park – tribal jewelry as the theme for the park.

Wall murals by Award-winning artist Smt Sona Bai Rajawar
Wall murals by Award-winning artist Smt Sona Bai Rajawar

Walls Murals & Typical Chhattisgarhi Village

A national award-winning artist Smt Sona Bai Rajawar has been engaged to create the wall murals and shows the typical house in a Chhattisgarhi village. Each door jamb is decorated with vibrant colors and patterns. Each window pane depicts a clay model of local birds and animals and sometimes the characters from folktales. There are life-size models of villagers doing their daily chores. This place is still being completed. But it was still a delight to walk through an ambiance that you so much connect with the essence of India. Art is part of life and not for the sake of it.

Replica of Archeological Sites & Masterpieces

Key archaeological sites and masterpieces have been re-created through life-size models in the park-like the temple of Bhoram Dev. And the sculpture of Rudra Shiva from Tala. The idea I was told is to present the flavor of Chhattisgarh to the visitor of the park. Who may not visit these remote places otherwise? There are models of freedom fighters from the state. It was a delight to know that all the work for the park, especially all the art installations has been done by the local artists.

This is a very commendable step, as this place becomes a showcase for the local artists. And may lead to many opportunities for them, besides preserving the local art forms. Artist Piloo Ram Sahu is one of the key persons behind the large statues and sculptures in the museum.

Replica of Bhoram Dev Temple
Replica of Bhoram Dev Temple


There is a dire need of planting some trees on the campus, to beat the heat, and give a natural feel also to the place. As of now, it is a work-in-progress place. And may remain so for some more time to come, but it is still worth visiting. The added advantage is that you can see the artists at work here. There are areas marked for visiting artists where they can stay and work. There are an emporium and a tourist information center located on the campus, though the visitors are still to hit this place in big numbers.

If you study the work displayed here, you would need more than a day to understand. To read all the stories- carved, modeled, and painted. To even take a simple walk across the sprawling campus you need at least a couple of hours.

Recommend you to read the following Tourist Places in Chhattisgarh.

Unique Rudra Shiva of Tala

Temple of Devrani Jethani, Tala, Bilaspur

Legends & Myths of Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Ektaal – A Crafts village

Pre-historic Cave Paintings in Chhattisgarh


  1. thanks for your visit and coverage about Purkhauti Muktaangan. I, Dr R K Agrawal Joint Director of Culture Department personally thankful for your blog about Purkhauti Muktangan. From last year December we have started to work on Bastar Sector which comprises structers of Ghotul ( a unique Youth Club of Bastar Tribals), Mata Gudi(atemple system of Tribals, Tribal houses of different styles and a Polang Dongree ( a valley where no body comes and place of tribal gods to rest and orginize meeting). Please make a visit after a month to our place you will appreciate, Thanks.
    Dr RK Agrawal


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