Nagarjunakonda Museum

Nagarjunakonda Museum

About Nagarjunakonda Museum :


Visiting Nagarjunkonda is like journeying into the past. At one end stands, in the words of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, "one of the greatest temples of modern India"-the Nagarjunsagar Dam-and at the other end is the glistening green island, Nagarjunkonda, containing treasures of the priceless heritage of an ancient civilization.


Archaeologically, Nagarjunkonda is considered to be very important as nowhere else in the country can one find such a vast expanse of Buddhist ruins-a complete metropolis of a well developed civilization that had continuous human habitation. The ruins are visible today in the island-museum in their reconstructed form based on what was salvaged from the riverbed. But for the remarkable rescue efforts of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the history of two thousand years would have been lost forever in a watery grave. The ASI moved the monuments to safer sites before the submergence.


Hindu ruins :


1. Most of the Hindu ruins at Nagarjunakonda can be identified as Shaivism is one of the major traditions called Saivam that reveres Shiva as the Supreme Being. The followers of Shaivism are called "Shaivites" or "Saivites". The Shaiva have many sub-traditions, ranging from devotional dualistic theism such as Shaiva Siddhanta to yoga-oriented monistic non-theism such as Kashmiri Shaivism. It considers both the Vedas and the Agama texts as important sources of theology. The origin of Shaivism may be traced to the conception of Rudra in the RigVeda.


2. One of the temples has an inscription naming the god as "Mahadeva Pushpabhadraswami" (Shiva). Stone images of Kartikeya (Skanda) were found at two other shrines.Kartikeya, also known as Murugan, Skanda, Kumara, and Subrahmanya, is the Hindu god of war. He is the son of Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism. An important deity around South Asia since ancient times, Kartikeya is particularly popular and predominantly worshipped in South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia as Murugan.


3.  Vaishnavism is one of the major traditions within Hinduism along with Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smarthism. It is also called Vishnuism, its followers are called Vaishnavas, and it considers Vishnu as the Supreme Lord.


4. Shaktism is a major tradition of Hinduism, wherein the metaphysical reality is considered metaphorically feminine Adi Parashakti is supreme. It includes a variety of goddesses, all considered aspects of the same supreme goddess. Shaktism has different sub-traditions, ranging from those focussed on gracious Gauri to fierce Kali, and some Shakti sub-traditions associate their goddess with Shiva or Brahma or Vishnu.


Tourist Attractions in Nagarjunakonda:


1.  Ethipothala  Waterfall
2.  Nagarjunakonda  Museum
3.  Nagarjunakonda  Caves
4.  Nagarjunasagar  Dam


Nagarjunakonda Timings :


Days Timings
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Sunday     9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Public Holidays

9:00 AM -4:00 PM



Closed on – Friday


Nagarjunakonda Fare details :


Visitors Fare
Indian Visitor Total ? 25
Foreigner Visitor Total ? 300
Saarc Visitor Total ? 25
Bimstec Visitor Total ? 25


How To Reach Nagarjunakonda Museum :


By Road:  Located on an island, the museum can be accessed in a ferry which can be boarded at Boat Launch Station of Vijayapuri South. The ferry takes about 45 min. to reach the Nagaarjunakonda Jetty Point from where the museum is at the walking distance.


By Rail: Macherla Railway Station (about 25 km. away) is the closest rail access point to the Vijayapuri Jetty Point. Hire an auto-rickshaw or a cab to cover the distance.


By Air: Hyderabad International Airport (about 186 km. away) is the nearest airport. The best way is to hire a taxi from the airport directly to reach the boat launch station. You may also travel from Hyderabad to Nagarjunasagar by bus and reach the jetty point in an auto-rickshaw.



Nagarjunakonda Museum Address :

Vijayapuri South, Nagarjunasagar, Macherla mandal,
Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh - 522 439, India .


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