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Gandhi Centenary Museum, Karimnagar
The Gandhi Centenary Museum is located in the heart of Karimnagar Town, close to New Bus Station, and was established in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi’s Centenary celebrations in the year 1969.
The Museum showcases stone tools, coins, terracotta figurines, arms and weapons pertaining to the Karimnagar District which were recovered in the excavations conducted at Peddabankur, Dhulikatta and Kotilingala. In the main hall, stone tools dating back to 3000 years are on display. The fossils of ancient fish and trees were brought from Vemanapalli, Muknur and Kamanapalli areas and these date back to 20-lakh years. The next display consists of Neolithic tools like axes and grinning stones and early historic material such as bricks, pottery, beats, bangle pieces, terracotta mounds and iron pieces from Dhulikatta, Peddabankur and Kotilingala showing the social life of the people of Satavahana Period. In the central hall of the Museum there are four big galleries that display coins which range from Pre-Mouryan period to British period.
Initially, the museum housed the rare artefacts collected by the State Archaeological Museum in Hyderabad, which later started excavations at ancient sites like Koti Lingala, Dhulikatta, Pedda Bunkur, Nagunuru and other parts of Karimnagar district and displayed the unique recoveries at this museum. One can also observe the cutlery items which were made of mud and used by the people of Satavahana dynasty at the museum. The museum also has rare coins such as punch marked ones used by the Satavahana dynasty as well Buddhist artefacts that were recovered from various parts of the district, including jade and bidri ware used widely by dynastic rulers.
The arms and ammunition that were used by the Hyderabad Nizams are also displayed here at the museum. Besides, visitors can go around the premises, observing various idols including those of Jainism and Buddhism period that are on display, dating back to second century AD.
The Buddhist lime stone panels are displayed at this museum which were carved with minute detail and reflect the artistic value of this region during the early Satavahana period, brought from the excavated stupa site of Dhulikatta. Among the other structures, the Anjaneya statue of 12th century A.D. from Peddabankur and a rare Parsvanatha Sallekhana posture (7th century A.D.) excavated from Gangadhara are important.
How to Reach
Karimnagar is located at a distance of nearly 164 km from the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad. The city is easily accessible mainly by road.
Near New Bus Station, Karimnagar
Clean drinking water and rest rooms are available. Seating arrangements have been provided.
The Museum is open from
and closed on Fridays and Public Holidays