As a site for matru shraadha (post funereal rites), bindu sarovar holds significance as pilgrimage in north Gujarat. The architecture for the museum, in the sarovar precinct, takes direct references from it. As a frank gesture of continuity, the interventions for the interior follow this axis to the sarovar, and to it is added, a new diagonal path, that defines the movement. This makes the conceptual core of the museum and its categorisation primarily into tirth (pilgrimage), itihaas (history) and samaaj (society), with their juxtaposition derived from the architecture. The journey around the exhibits starts with the entry at the higher level where a ceiling sculpture marks few symbols from myths related to bindu sarovarTirth, on the lower level, forms the mythological core which is a narration of various tales, about bindu sarovar and its origin. Garbhagriha, as the circular space dramatically washed by natural light and connected to water-a sacred element, is the crux of this ‘pilgrimage’ and Gallery 1 is the extension to the same. Ten narratives on Sidhhapur are depicted through a wall fresco in garbhagriha

Gallery 2- itihaas talks about dynastic history of north Gujarat through architectural elements like facades, models and other artifacts. The display for the galleries is planned against a set of material palette expressed in a neutral or natural tone. The backdrop is paneled MDF whereas display surfaces are either smooth white (Corian) or textured (granite). The display elements and partitions are also the defining elements of the introduced movement path. The lighting (track) system mirrors the configuration of these display surfaces. Gallery 3- samaaj details out the nuances related to lifestyle from itihaas and is positioned above the Gallery 2, thus aided by a connect through the double volume. Visual connect to the water bodies around the building is an important architectural thought, also followed in the interiors, hence validating the notion of water being sacred in the funereal rituals.

Recreation of a temple garbhagriha like spatial quality with a collocation of darkness, light and water as key elements

Introduction of a new movement path, retaining the axial reference to the bindu sarovar

The intersection of the bindu sarovar axis and the new path defining axis, forming the mythological core about origin of the sarovar

Other mythologies surrounding the formation of the sarovar forming a locus

Referential to ‘streets’ of the immediate context, a meandering journey is given shape, guided by interior elements

The axis with the reference of the bindu sarovar. The section of the garbhagriha with key architectural references.

Siddhpur

Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL)

commencement: 2011

completion: 2013

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Sonali Gupta

Bhavin Prajapati

Architects: CEPT Research Development Cell (CRDC), CEPT University 

Art by: Vyom Mehta

PMC: Pace Consultancy, Ahmedabad

Electric Consulatants: Jhaveri Associates, Ahmedabad

HVAC Consultants: Pankaj Dharkar and Associates, Ahmedabad

Radhika Pandit