Meet Satya Ketan Mohanty: The Man Who Has Collected Over 8000 Pieces Of Century-Old Artefacts

Satya Ketan Mohanty – a man from Odisha whose dream is to start his own museum – has an ardent knack of collecting historical relics and artefacts. With over 8000 rare artefacts in his possession, this dream might soon be a reality. Over the last two decades, he has collected priceless items that range from musical instruments to coins that date back to the Ashokan era.

His collection of 23 years is divided into 14 categories, ranging from gold coins from the Ganga dynasty, Kushana dynasty, and the Ashokan era. Some coins are from the period of Raziya Sultan and those issued by kingdoms in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

His collection expands to over 100 fossils, rare seashells, musical instruments, weapons, ornaments, and over 350 rocks and minerals. He also has over 2,000 postage stamps, old envelopes, letters, and around 800 types of herbal dry products.

Mohanty wishes the younger generation to be enlightened by the rich history and culture of India through his museum. He regularly gets invited by educational institutions in western Odisha to display his collection to young students. Presently, he holds the record in India for having the largest collection of seashells and of Indian symbolic coins.

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