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Conserving the Buddhist Heritage of Telangana

Telangana is a blessed land that has was once home to ancient Buddhist settlements.  The state is home to many significant Buddhist sites of immense archaeological importance. Buddhism is an ancient religion which has greatly flourished in South and South East Asia, several centuries ago. The region of Nagarjuna Sagar dam, located in Nalgonda district of Telangana is home to some of the oldest Buddhist civilizations in India, where a vast number of historic artefacts were discovered during the construction of the mighty dam more than sixty years ago.

The Buddhist Heritage Museum was officially inaugurated on May 14th 2014, marking the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations. Buddhavanam here is also known as the Buddhist Theme Park, close to the right bank canal of Nagarjuna Sagar dam in Telangana’s jurisdiction.

The museum showcases an impressive display of Buddhist Sculptures, Buddhist Tankas, Bronzes, Pala, Gandhara Sculptures, Ajantha Paintings and Stone Sculptures. Many of these artefacts have now been preserved in the Buddhist Heritage Museum, Buddhavanam which was developed by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, 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. This museum features many highly attractive sculptures of Lord Gautama Buddha in meditating avatar. There are impressive and historic sculptures of Buddha seen at Buddhist Heritage Museum. 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. The relics unearthed here during many excavations are on display currently at this museum.

The government of Telangana had announced plans for further development of the Sri Parvathanama “Buddhavanam” here into a world-class Buddhist destination, on par with the renowned Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The site is spread across a 274-acre campus, where a tall Stupa has been installed along with few 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 and is well accessible by road transport.

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