Scindia Oriental Research Institute is situated within the Vikram Kirti Mandir
. It has a rare collection of about 18,000 manuscripts. The manuscripts in Prakrit, Arabic, Persian and other Indian languages cover a wide range of subjects from Vedic literature and philosophy to dance and music. There is a reference library of important oriental publications and a rich collection of old paintings in the Rajput and Mughal
style. The institute also houses Palm leaf and bark leaf manuscripts and an illustrated manuscript of Srimad Bhagavata
. The museum also exhibits a rich array of images, inscriptions, copper plates and fossils discovered in the Narmada Valley
. A huge skull of a primitive elephant is the major attraction.