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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum, Cuddapah - 97

There are ancient stone sculptures, idols and inscriptions dating back several centuries, displayed in this museum.

Guys, Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum settled in Cuddapah is of historical and archaeological meaning. It was demonstrated in 1982 with the contributions of given by Jain businessmen and hence was named after their deity 'Mahavir'.

It is families ancient stone sculptures, idols made of granite, dolomite, limestone, sandstone, bronze icons and inscriptions dating back to several centuries. These gaffers were came upon during diggings carried out at various places in Cuddapah, Hyderabad and Kurnool districts. These sculptures, which date back to the period from the 5th to 18th century, have been excavated from Nandalur, Mantapampally, Gundluru, Attirala, Thimmayapalem, Kolathur, Poli and other villages.

Guys, you can find here some unusual forms of deities, a statue of Lord Ganapathi with his feet corresponding that of an elephant and a statue of Hanuman dating back to Vijayanagar period with long hair tied up in a lace. The idols of Dakshapathi belonging to the Chalukya period with a goat's head and Lord Shiva dating back to 9th and 10th century with Ganga not over the head but on one side of it are unique. The image of Vishnu is shown holding a 'sankhu' (conch) in the right hand and a club in the left but usually Vishnu forms have a 'chakram' in the right hand and a conch in the left.

Some other displays include coins dating back to the Satavahana period, Ikshawakus, Bahmanis, Vishnukundins, Mughals and Qutub Shahi's and also have miniature paintings including swords and knives of the Mughal age. Other antique pieces at the museum include 'Veerashila' idols showing tribal warlords. Ancient stone tools and weapons of varying sizes and shapes also adorn the hall.

You can visit here from 10.30 am to 05.00 pm except Fridays And Public Holidays. Here is no charge to visit this excellent place. Do not keep cameras, because photography is not allowed.

How to get there?

Rail:

This museum is settled on the busy road of the railway station in Cuddapah. Taxis auto rickshawas and city buses are available.

Road:

Cuddapah is well connected by road with all the major places in the state.

Where to stay?

Accommodation is available in the hotels at Cuddapah.

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