The museum has been built by the Tourism Department in collaboration with a local community service group, Anjuman-e-Moinul Islam.
The museum has the artefacts, manuscripts and pieces of heritage collected from Central Asia, Tibet and Kashmir from the 18th and 19th centuries, some of which are 400 years old.
Interacting with locals on the occasion, Mehbooba appreciated the local historian, Abdul Ghani Sheikh, for conceptualizing the idea of the museum. She also complimented the efforts of German scholar Andre for having worked closely with the authorities for materializing the concept. She said: "We need to preserve our cultural roots for our coming generations so that they remain connected to the past.”
She announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh for adding more artefacts to the museum.
Currently, the museum houses pieces of rock art, ancient Ladakhi day-to-day instruments like weighing balance and old abacus, coins from several Central Asian states, old caravan water heater, utensils from Yarkand, manuscripts like Bodhi and Turkish interpretations of the Quran, ancient handwritten chronology of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH], and copies of handwritten Quran.
Source: Tribune India