Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum located
in Cuddapah is of historical and
archaeological significance. It was established in 1982 with the donations
of given by Jain businessmen and hence was named after their deity
It is houses ancient stone sculptures, idols made of granite, dolomite, limestone, sandstone, bronze icons and inscriptions dating back to several centuries. These antiques were discovered during excavations carried out at various places in Cuddapah, Hyderabad and Kurnool districts. These sculptures, which date back to the period from the 5th to 18th century, have been unearthed from Nandalur, Mantapampally, Gundluru, Attirala, Thimmayapalem, Kolathur, Poli and other villages.
There are some unusual forms of deities, a statue of Lord Ganapathi with his feet resembling that of an elephant and a statue of Hanuman dating back to Vijayanagar period with long hair tied up in a braid. The idols of Dakshapathi belonging to the Chalukya period with a goat's head and Lord Shiva dating back to 9th and 10th century with Ganga not over the head but on one side of it are unique. The image of Vishnu is shown holding a 'sankhu' (conch) in the right hand and a club in the left but usually Vishnu forms have a 'chakram' in the right hand and a conch in the left.
Some other exhibits include coins dating back to the Satavahana period, Ikshawakus, Bahmanis, Vishnukundins, Mughals and Qutub Shahi's and also have miniature paintings including swords and knives of the Mughal age. Other antique pieces at the museum include 'Veerashila' idols showing tribal warlords. Ancient stone tools and weapons of varying sizes and shapes also adorn the hall.
Timings: 10.30am To 5pm
Closed: Fridays And Public Holidays
Photography: Not allowed
Rail: This museum is located on the
busy road of the railway station in Cuddapah.
Taxis auto rickshawas and city buses are available.
Raod: Cuddapah is well connected by road with all the major places in the state.
Accommodation is available in the hotels at