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The Fateh Praksah Palace Museum is located in the Chittorgarh Fort. In the year 1968 a major part of the Fort was converted into a museum and tourists were allowed to all see the antique collections of the royal family.

This museum has a large collection of sculptures. Some of the most prominent sculptures of the museum are: Statues of Ambica and lndra from Rashmi village of post medieval period and statues of Ganpati (8th -9th century).The division dedicated to armoury, daggers, weapons, consists of knives, soldiers’ uniforms, axes, farsa, old shields, and helmets. The clay models of local tribes have also been displayed in a room with their traditional outfits.

The museum has been divided in a variety of sections dedicated to different artifacts such as coins, art, weapons, tribal life and wood crafts of the Bassi village.A large collection of sculptures,and majority of the deities is harboured within this museum. Belonging to this collection the statue of Lord Ganpati from Pangarh was built during the 8th – 9th century. There are several sculptures dating back to post medieval period such as the statues of Indra and Jain Ambica. They were excavated from the Rashi village. Apart from the beautiful figures the museum also has a section dedicated to weapons and armory such as axes, helmets, shields, farsa and knives. This museum also has preserved uniforms of the mighty soldiers of Chittorgarh.

Circumference of the Chittorgarh fort is somewhere around 13 kms spread over an area of about 700 acres. Since it was built over a hill, it was difficult to be approached, further made difficult by the passing of the Gambhiri River just before reaching the fort. There are seven approachable gates designed during the rule of Rana Kumbha. Similarly, a number of palaces were constructed during the successive rulers of the Sisodia clan, one of which was the Fateh Prakash Palace. Inside the fort complex, there are about 65 historic structures, 19 large temples, 20 water bodies which are still functional, 4 palace complexes and 4 memorials. Fateh Prakash Palace was probably added during the year from 1885 to 1930. This palace was constructed by Rana Fateh Singh, near to the oldest palace structure of Rana Kumbha Palace, much of which is in ruins now. This palace complex has a small palace for residence and a museum besides a school.

Even though the palace building was constructed in the early part of the 20th century, the Fateh Prakash Palace Museum Chittorgarh was established in 1968, where a major part of the palace complex was converted into a museum. It started with the showcasing of antique collections of the royal families through the years. Plenty of sections were created for displaying various kinds of items from different eras. The section for sculptures is the largest as these items have been collected from a lot of places and are also of different ranges of designs. Sections are dedicated to coins, sculptures, arts, weapons and various wood items, which are supposedly present in this region of Chittorgarh. Nearby Bassi Village is well known for the wooden structures and artistry.