I'm sure you have been to museums and galleries that display relics from various fields of art and culture. Have you been to a museum built on an island? This interesting museum is located in Nagarjunakonda, an island close to Nagarjuna Sagar dam in Guntur district, Telangana.
Legend has it that this region was a significant Buddhist site and many Buddhists lived here. The aim of building a museum at this site is to collect and showcase pieces from the past, and to introduce the life and lifestyle of Buddhism prevalent here.
The museum has been named after the founder of Mahayana Buddhism, Nagarjuna. The structure of the museum resembles that of a Buddhist Vihara, giving it an elegant and spiritual aura.
Themajor attraction of this museum is the monolithic statue of Lord Buddha, which is large, tall and it emanates peace and poise. Apart from this exquisite sculpture, there are several sandal stone sculptures and carved slabs that depict the life of Buddha. The museum even has a tooth and an earring which are believed to be of Buddha himself.
There are several other valuables in the museum that include the tools used during Paleolithic and Neolithic Age. The pieces of jewellery, coins and architectural ornaments used during those times are a sight to marvel.
The journey to this amazing museum is another reason to not miss it. You can avail boat services from Nagarjuna Sagar dam, and reaching the museum would take around 45 minutes, which you can spend enjoying the beautiful island around. Please ensure that you leave the museum in the last boat that operates around 5.30pm, after which visitors are not allowed to stay here for security reasons.
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Here's how you can reach Nagarjuna Sagar in Telengana.
The museum is open on all days between 9:30 AM and 5PM except for Fridays. . Cameras and photography are not allowed here. Take a trip to this wonderful museum to know more about the life of Buddha and the times when Buddhism was prominent in several parts of India.
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