Dedicated to Maharaja Sansar Chandra
The Erst-while Royal Family of Kangra has dedicated their Museum to honor Maharaja Sansar Chandra their ancestor who’s reign was known as the golden age of Kangra. Maharaja Sansar Chandra inherited the throne of Kangra when he was just 10 years old. By the age of 21 he had defeated the Mughals and had won back his ancestral fort of Kangra. True to the saying “He who hold’s the Fort rules the hills” The young Maharaja ushered in an age of prosperity and the Indian renaissance of paintings.
The period 1786-1805 was the Golden age of Kangra. Maharaja Sansar Chandra established law and order in his vast empire, at its peak it his empire stretched from Lahaul-Spiti to the plains of Hoshiarpur [18000 sq.miles].
Crowds of people with skills like Goldsmiths, blacksmiths, carpenter, weavers, soldiers, even dancing girls flocked to as Maharaja Sansar Chandra was generous in the recognition of men with good qualities. His subjects fondly called him the Pahari Badshah.
Paintings were not the only arts which flourished in Kangra. Maharaja Sansar Chandra built many temples and palaces; he recreated the Shalimar Bagh of Lahore in Alampur. In the last years of his life he lived in Amtar [Nadaun] a town built by him. Nadaun was such a beautiful and enjoyable place that there was a saying “Ayega Nadaun, Jayae ga kaun” which translates “He who comes to Nadaun, will never leave Nadaun”