Most of the priceless Buddhist relics excavated in Amaravati during the year 1776 are now showcased at the British Museum. While the AP govt is trying hard to restore the relics back in the state, very few know about what is actually there at the Museum in London.
British Museum – Amaravati Room 33a
Yes! That’s the room number where all the timeless monuments have been kept. Most of us know that Buddhism as a religion originated first in North India and later spread out to various parts of the sub continent. This was 3rd Century BC when Andhra region embraced Buddhism and built a grand Stupa in Amaravati. Along with the Stupa, many other relics were made that depicted various facets about Buddha and his life. Most of these were built on the rare limestone panel called Palanadu marble.
Here are exclusive images of Buddhist Relics At The British Museum in London gathered by Kostalife
Limestone relief panel – The Great Departure of Prince Siddhartha, 2nd century AD
Limestone drum slab – Birth of Prince Siddhartha
Drum slab with carvings – The enlightenment of the Buddha and the great Stupa (Identical relic currently in Amaravati)
Limestone Pillar Fragment – Carvings, motifs of early Buddhist symbols, lotus scrolls and central shaft
Relief Limestone Panel – Chakravartin – The Chakravartin (main chakra) along with two attendants, three women and a man
Worship of the Great Buddha Relics – Buddha’s relics being venerated as the relic casket sits on the throne, treated as equal to a living Buddha. (A similar relic now is found in Amaravati)
Lime stone panel – Buddha Pada. Feet symbolize grounding of the transcendent.