Established in the year 2014, this Sand Sculpture Museum in Mysore is the first-ever sand sculpture museum in India. Spread over an area of 13,500 sq ft., and located at the foot of the Chamundi Hills, this museum has around 150 sand sculptures on display in 16 different themes. The beautiful, intricate carvings on the sand with the delicateness of the sculptures in their own unique themes, more than 115 truckloads of sand have been used in the making of these sculptures. MN Gowri, a sand artist, has created all of these sculptors.
The various themes of these sand sculptures include Mysore’s cultural heritage, wildlife, instances from several religious epics, fairy tales, and stories like Disneyland. Some subjects of the sculptures exhibited include Goddess Chamundeshwari, Ganesha, and the Dasara procession, the Gitopadesha, Laughing Buddha, and the zodiac wheel. The Sand Sculpture Museum also has a three–dimensional selfie gallery introduced in 2017. A 15 feet high sand statue of Lord Ganesha is placed at the entrance of the museum to welcome the visitors. There are sand sculptures of the erstwhile King of
Mysore, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, seated on his throne during a Dasara festival, Tom and Jerry cartoon, scenes from Arabian nights, etc. These sculptures are created solely with sand and water and a small amount of glue and are designed to last years. These sculptures at the Sand Sculpture Museum are protected and preserved within the museum’s metal enclosing including overhead waterproof sheets to allow sunlight to pass through but shield them from rain. Insecticides and pesticides are also used to protect them from insects and rodents.
The sculptures at the Sand Sculptor Museum show the sheer creativity, excellence, and brilliance of the artist and exhibit the rich cultural heritage of the Mysore city. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in Mysore.
Location: Chamundi Hill Road, KC Layout, Mysore
Timings: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Reference Link: Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, Facebook