Buddhist relics to be displayed at fete

Updated - October 22, 2015 05:41 am IST

Published - October 22, 2015 12:00 am IST - VIJAYAWADA:

A replica of Amaravati stupa erected at the main venue- Photo: K.R. Deepak

A replica of Amaravati stupa erected at the main venue- Photo: K.R. Deepak

Buddhist relics preserved at the Archaeological Museum in Amaravati and kept away from public eye will be exhibited, during the capital foundation ceremony.

A collection of exclusive artefacts from the museum, including bone relics of Buddha will be on display at ‘Amaravati Pavilion’, proposed to be created by the Tourism Department at the venue.

According to sources, the relics were originally found in the stupa at Bhattiprolu in Guntur district.

They were donated by the Mahabodhi Society of India and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

“Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dignitaries from all across the country and abroad will be here, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wants the relics to be showcased on this special occasion,” said R. Amarendra Kumar, Executive Director (Projects) AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).

The Amaravati museum is home to many relics dating back to thousands of years, found during excavations. This museum has a wealth of the ancient Amaravati town that belonged to 3rd century BC, through several sculptures that once were a part of Mahachaitya (the giant stupa).

The exhibition will showcase the past, present and the future of the ancient town and will be kept open for public for a month from October 22.

Replicas of sculptures and a miniature model of the future Amaravati capital city will adorn the pavilion besides an exclusive collection of ancient coins.

This region was ruled by dynasties such as the Satavahanas, Andhra Ikshvakus, Pallavas, Ananda Gotrikas, Vishnukundina, Kota Vamsa, Chalukyas, Cholas, Kakatiyas, Reddis and Vijayanagara kings during ancient and medieval times. Mumbai- based Hinduja Foundation will display coins of a few dynasties such as Pallavas, Vishnukundina and Vijayanagara kingdoms dating from 150 BC to 250 AD. “We also have a collection of punch marked coins believed to be the oldest coins in Indian history,” said Mr. Chukerbuti.

The relics were originally found in the stupa at Bhattiprolu in Guntur district

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