(Last Updated on : 15-02-2014)
The history of Chandragiri, unfolds the legend that the Moon God performed atonement to please Lord Shiva here. Hence Chandragiri is the place of immense religious importance. Besides being an interesting Hindu pilgrimage center, Chandragiri is famous for its archaeological museum. This museum of Chandragiri in the midst of its archeological wonders and historical statues narrates the ancient history of different temples.
Established in the year 1988-'89, the Archaeological Museum was made within the Fort in the Raja Mahal. It is a storehouse of stone and metal sculptures and other cultural vestiges. It also houses a number of stone and metal sculptures of Saiva, Vaishnava, and Jaina kinship. There is also a relief of Rudra on its frontal facet.
Apart from all these, the Chandragiri Archaeological Museum contains a huge collection of the Bronzes of the late Cholas, Vijayanagara and Post Vijayanagara times like Umamahesvara, Vishnu as Venugopala Srinivasa, Kodandarama and the Devis like Sridevi, Bhudevi and Parvati.
Again, in the Durbar Hall Gallery of the Archaeological Museum of Chandragiri, the life size replicas of metal and stone statues of Vijayanagara rulers like Krishnadevaraya and his consorts-Chinnadevi and Tirumaladevi, Venkatapatiraya and Srirangaraya along with their respective queens are exhibited. Scaled models of the famous Parasuramesvara temple at Gudimallum are also exhibited.
The museum remains open from 10:00a.m to 5:00p.m except Friday. Interested people may visit the museum on time and relish the Indian culture.