(Last Updated on : 16-12-2014)
Located in the bank of river Krishna, Amravati is a small town and a center of pilgrimage in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Being a center of pilgrimage this town holds an Archaeological Museum depicting the history of Amravati itself.
There are three galleries in this museum representing the different traditions, cultures, and explorations of Amravati. In the first gallery, which is also known as the key gallery,the art traditions of Amravati are displayed. Amidst the lotus and the purnakumbha, the two drum slabs, Buddha is represented symbolically in the form of 'Svastika' in vajrasana and agni skanda (in another case). The structure of the standing Buddha that dates back to the 8th century AD has offered a distinct aura to the museum.
Sculptures of the 2nd century BC, an Yakshi of Bharhut tradition, a fragmentary pillar edict of Asoka Images of Buddha from Alluru, Dharma Chakra from Lingaraja Palli, Bodhistvas, a dome slab depicting the jewels of the Buddhist order are ideally housed in this Archaeological Museum of Amravati The full size ornate bull (nandisvara) of the Satavahana period is a work that demands appreciation. There are also other artworks such as the garland and bearer of a copingstone, the images of Vajrayana period, and a Jaina Tirthankara of Medieval times are full of vigor and vitality.
Other memorable and notable pieces of art that are preserved in this Archaeological Museum of Amravati depicts Gautama Siddhartha's departure from his palace, return of the horse Kanthaka, episode of Nalagiri, the royal elephant of Ajatshatru, worship of Buddha's feet by the lady worshippers, earlier forms of Ganesa and Ganesani among the Yakshaganas, Lakshmi in earlier period, and the panel showing divisions of the relics of Lord Buddha worth to be mentioned.
Interested people may visit the museum from 10a.m to 5p.m except on Friday. The entrance fee is Rs. 2 per head. Children upto 15 years of age are free to enter the museum.