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ASI Museum, Warangal

The Warangal Archeological Museum is in the Musical Gardens complex between Warangal and Hanmkonda. The museum has a collection of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain sculpture housed in a single-storeyed building and in a garden in front. Notable pieces in the garden are a large Nandi placed among the trees on the left, an exceptional Vishnu Anantasayini image in polished granite near the entrance and several Saivite sculptures along the right wall, including an exquisite Uma-Mahesvara. The most striking pieces however are a marble Budhha and a large, intricate image of an emaciated Chamunda. Both these images are placed along the far right wall.

Inside the museum building, stone images are placed along a corridor that surrounds the two main display halls. Among these is an intact 11th century Parsvanatha image, the first piece as you enter, an impressive Shanmukha or Skanda from the 12th century towards the end of the corridor, and a very well-preserved 17th century Veerabhadra image. The display halls mostly house ancient coins and pottery shards from the area. The walls of the first hall list and describe the Kakatiya temple sites in the area, including the 13th century temples at Pillalamarri in Nalgonda district. Among the few stone images in these halls is an exquisite 13th century Sarasvati image.

Hyderabad, 2004

Photos and Text © Amit Guha