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Conserving Telangana’s Buddhist Heritage

Buddhism is an ancient religion which has greatly flourished in South and South-East Asia, several centuries ago. Telangana is a great land, which was once home to many ancient Buddhist settlements. The region is home to significant Buddhist sites of great archaeological importance. The region of Nagarjuna Sagar dam, located in Nalgonda district of Telangana is home to one of the oldest Buddhist civilizations in India, where many historic artefacts were discovered during the construction of the mighty dam decades ago.

Buddhavanam here is also known as the Buddhist Theme Park, located near the right bank canal of Nagarjuna Sagar dam. The Buddhist Heritage Museum was officially inaugurated on May 14th 2014, coinciding with the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations. The museum showcases an impressive display of Buddhist Sculptures, Buddhist Tankas, Bronzes, Pala, Gandhara Sculptures, Ajantha Paintings and Stone Sculptures. This museum features many highly attractive sculptures of Lord Gautama Buddha in meditating avatar.

The Buddhist Heritage Museum is known for its impressive sculptures of Lord Buddha. Nandikonda is a small village located close to the magnificent dam of Nagarjuna Sagar, which was once part of the Ikshvaku Dynasty. It has earned prominence after the unearthing of many Buddhist structures like pillared halls and monasteries. Many of these artefacts have now been preserved in the Buddhist Heritage Museum, Buddhavanam which was developed by the Department of Heritage Telangana. There are new galleries being added here to preserve timeless monuments and sculptures that depict the rich past heritage and glory of this region, which was once inhabited by Acharya Nagarjuna. He was one of the founders of the Madhyamika Buddhism.

The Government of Telangana plans to turn “Buddhavanam” into a world-class Buddhist destination, inspired by the renowned Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The site is spread across a 274-acre campus, where a tall Stupa was installed, in addition to other replicas of Buddha Stupas.

How To Reach

Buddhavanam, situated close to Nagarjuna Sagar dam is located at distance of nearly 165 km from Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana. It is well accessible by road transport.


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