The museum inside the fort is known as Saraswati Bhawan. The section of the museum is what once used to be the Durbar Hall or the Public Audience Hall of the fort. This museum is renowned for its unusual and rare collections of American vintage cars, bejewelled sedan chairs, ivory work, medieval costumes, gold and silver brocaded royal Palakis or Palanquins in the shape of a lotus flower. Also on display are elephant saddles carved out of silver, jewellery, costumes made of kimkhwa silk-the finest product of the weavers of Varanasi, an impressive armoury hall with swords, old guns from Africa, Burma and Japan. Old armoured matchlocks, ornate hookahs, daggers, portraits of Maharajas, black musical instruments which have turned white because of neglect are among the many other interesting things that can be seen here.
Every year the fort palace becomes vibrant and colourful during the one-month-long Ram Lila festival that is celebrated with great fervor. On the occasion, a colourful pageant or procession of Ramayana epic is presented as part of the Dussehra celebrations that is held in October under the patronage of the Maharaja. The festival also includes a procession of various antiques among the Royal possessions. Although many other festivals are also celebrated here mention must be made of the ‘Raj Mangal’ festival wherein a procession of boats with people, dancing and singing sails down the river along the fort.
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