Nagarjuna Sagar dam region, located in Nalgonda district of Telangana is home to some of the oldest Buddhist civilizations in India, where a vast number of historic coins and artefacts were discovered during the construction of the mighty dam.
Buddavanam here is also renowned as the Buddhist Theme Park, close to the right bank canal of Nagarjuna Sagar dam towards Telangana side. The museum showcases an impressive display of Buddhist Sculptures, Buddhist Tankas, Bronzes, Pala, Gandhara Sculptures, Ajantha Paintings and Stone Sculptures. There are new galleries being added here for the purpose of preserving timeless monuments and sculptures that depict the rich past heritage and glory of this region, which was once inhabited by Acharya Nagarjuna, one of the founders of the Madhyamika Buddhism and one of the greatest philosophers India has ever produced.
Many of these artefacts have now been preserved in the Buddhist Heritage Museum, Buddavanam near Nagarjunasagar dam, Nalgonda district which was developed by the Department of Archaeology and Museums. The Buddhist Heritage Museum was officially inaugurated on May 14th 2014 in connection with the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations. Buddavanam, 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.
Recently Telangana government announced plans to develop the Sri Parvathanama “Buddhavanam” at Nagarjuna Sagar site into a world class Buddhist destination which would be on par with the world famous Bodh Gaya in Bihar. Marking the occasion of Buddha Jayanthi recently, the Chief Minister of Telangana, Sri K Chandra Shekhar Rao had lit a candle, paying floral tributes to Lord Buddha at this memorial. The site is spread across a 274-acre campus, where a Buddhist statue donated by Sri Lanka, is expected to be installed soon. Here a tall Stupa is being installed along with few other replicas of Buddha Stupas.