Brief Introduction on Dist. Kalachakra Museum, Amaravathi :
Amaravati is located on the banks of the river Krishna about 35 kms., from Guntur. The Kalachakra Museum was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Kalachakra Maha Sammelan on 9th January 2006.
The project was conceived under the Central Financial Assistance Scheme, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The Government of India, Ministry of Tourism granted 3 crores, and the Government of Andhra Pradesh granted a matching grant of 1 crore in addition to providing the land. The project is a part of the development of the 20 crore, Lower Krishna valley Buddhist Circuit, Amaravati, Nagarjuna Sagar, Chandavaram and Undavalli. The development of this circuit will enable the visiting tourist to feel the rich Buddhist Heritage of this valley. This Buddhist Circuit will be the Destination for the tourists from both India and the South Asian countries.
Kalachakra Museum, Amaravati in an extent of 1.2 acres of land, commissioned by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Museum hosts rare Buddhist Sculptures and antiquities collected from 12 Buddhist Sites of Andhra Pradesh. It also houses replicas of Amaravati Panels of British Museum, London and Government Museum, Chennai.
The building was designed to facilitate visitors of all age groups including facilities for differently challenged persons. It also includes all visitors facilities like wash rooms, parking, seating arrangements, drinking water, cloak room etc. Visitors can also see the sapling of the Bodhi Tree brought from Bodhgaya and planted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Kalachakra Maha Sammelan. The two floored museum has been planned as an Interpretation Centre and will also house a sound and light show theatre, which will be commissioned in due course.
The first level also show cases 12 cognate sites of Amaravati Art which have yielded Sculptural members during excavations conducted by the Department of Archaeology, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The second level will focus on the cultural material of the Buddhist Sites and the influence of Amaravati Art on South India and South Asian countries.
The important panels of the museum are the Samkhapala Jataka, Sibi Jataka, Dome Panels from Chandavaram, Birth of Siddhartha, Mahbinishkramana.
Visitor Facilities: Clean and cool drinking water and good toilets are available.
Timings: The Museum is open from 10.30 AM to 5.00 PM and closed on Fridays and Public Holidays.
Entry Fees : Rs.5/- for adults and Rs.2/- for children