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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Archaeological Museum, Amaravathi - 96

The museum has sculptures and monographs from the Chalukyan and Kakatiya periods. A pictorial depiction of Buddha’s life and teachings are among the antiquities on display.

Guys the place Amaravati, is located on the right bank of the river Krishna at a distance of 35 km north of the railway station of Guntur town. It is also a center of pilgrimage, known as Amareswaram.

Guys, the Amaravati school of art concerns a leading position in the history of Indian Art. With its beginning in 3rd century BC the Amaravati spreads out its chapters through the wandflower of sculptural wealth that once decorated the Mahachaitya the imperial monument of the Buddhists situated here with its history extending over a period of a millennium and a half.

The gallery has picked out examples of the art traditions of Amaravati are exhibited. The lotus and the purnakumbha motifs are typical of Amaravati Art conveying propitiousness and teemingness. The two drum blocks describing the Stupas, in bas relief give a fair idea of the structure. Buddha in these panels during the early period is represented symbolically in the form of ‘Svastika’ mark on a cushioned seat over a throne (Vajrasana) under the Bodhi tree in one case and a Flaming pillar (agni skanda) in another case. Over the dome are depicted the Jatakas in low relief. The standing Buddha secured from Gummadidurru is datable to eight century AD.

The full size flowery bull (nandisvara) of the Satavahana period in round is a beautiful piece of art picked up from the local Amaresvara temple. The garland and bearers of a copingstone, the images of Vajrayana period, and a Jaina Tirthankara of medieval times are quite interesting in this gallery.

Earlier forms of Ganesa and Ganesani among the Yakshaganas carrying the garland. Lakshmi in earlier period and the panel showing division of the relics of Lord Buddha by the disputing princes on the coping of the railing, are a few notable pieces of art.

Guys, you can visit here from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm except Fridays. Here you can gets entrance fees of Rs. 2/- per head and children up to 15 years are entered free.

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