About Gola-Ghar or Magazine House
The Gola-Ghar (literally Magazine House) dates from the period of the Ahom rulers of Assam. Located in the Sivasagar district, near the famed Talatal Ghar, it was built as a powder and shot storage, and served as the royal armoury. Architecturally it is a Do-Chala rectangular hut shape brick structure. There is also a porch adjoining the Gola-Ghar, which is similar in style but smaller in height and width.
The structure is 11.7 metres wide, 22.8 metres long, and 2.15 metres thick. At the front and back of the buildings, circular holes (linked with terracotta pipes) have been built along with multiple square openings for ensuring adequate ventilation and preventing moisture from accumulating.
Gola-Ghar is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has been rebuilt as a museum gallery for the weapons and arms of the Ahoms. There are total 19 booths in the gallery open to the visitors.
Outstanding Universal Value
Gola-Ghar was built as a storehouse for the Ahom army's weapons during the reign of Chakradhwaj Singha (1663-1669AD). A blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, the structure served as the armoury for the Ahom Kings for several years.
Located in the scenic town of Sivasagar, the scenic town known for its cultural significance, Gola-Ghar continues to be a major tourist attraction, especially since its renovation as a museum by the Archaeological Survey of India.