Archaeological Museum Kondapur Medak – A Historical Treasure Trove of Telangana

Archaeological Museum Kondapur

Some of the exhibits displayed in Archaeological Museum Kondapur, Medak – Image Source: www.propertydirection.com

Perched on a small hillock towards the southern part of the village of Kondapur, the Archaeological Museum is a popular tourist destination. Open to the public throughout the day, the rare antiquities it houses welcomes huge footfalls who enter its portals to savour the glories of Medak’s history.

Most of the artifacts displayed within the Museum have been excavated from the nearby Fort Mound or Kotagadda that is located at a distance of 1 km from the museum. Initially identified by Archaeologist Mr. Henry Cousens in the early part of the 19th century, it later passed on to the Archeological Department of the then Nizam of Hyderabad who carried on a series of excavations through 1940-41. Most of the artifacts displayed in the museum have been unearthed during this period.

Archaeological Museum Kondapur

Many of the exhibits of this Museum are from the nearby fort Kotagattu – Image Source: www.propertydirection.com

The Museum comprises a central hall and two galleries. Artifacts like figurines made of terracotta, pottery made from bones and shells, other objects made from similar materials are the main attractions of the main hall.  Most of the materials that are displayed in the museum have been traced to the Satavahana era. There are several structures which bear a strong Buddhist influence, indicating that it belongs to that era.

Archaeological Museum Kondapur – Started in early 19th century and later taken by Nizamm of Hyderabad in 1940-41

The galleries and the halls of the museum are adorned with intriguing artifacts, including metal objects, pendants, talismans, beads, inscribed pottery and coins. The galleries are adorned with prehistoric tools and fossils. Some of the bigger displays in the galleries include a standing idol of Lord Vishnu, a Buddhapada and two inscribed storage jars are hugely popular among visitors.

Coins unearthed from the Fort Mound and belonging to various different dynasties and cultures are displayed here. The gold coin belonging to the Roman Emperor Augustus, dating back to the period between 37 BC and 14 AD, along with a dozen silver coins and 50 lead coins are on display at the Museum.

In addition to these, the museum is also a veritable storehouse, that displays a wide collection of construction material, like brick tiles, designed panels, sharpening stones and molded bricks. These have been excavated at the mound and displayed as exhibits in the museum.

Archaeological Museum Kondapur

Sculpture displayed in Archaeological Museum Kondapur – Image Source: www.akshardhool.com

The Archaeological Museum is also known to be the only museum which displays a reproduction of Ajanta paintings and houses a separate manuscript section. Among the rare manuscripts which deserve special mention is the copy of the Quran which carries the seal of Shah Jahan. A corner of the museum is also dedicated to the Egyptian Mummy which was bought for 1000 pounds by the son-in-law of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan and presented to the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan as a gift.

The museum is the place where visitors can converse with History. Each of its galleries and its main hall is steep in the treasures of the past which help to illuminate the culture that has defined the course of the country’s evolution.

Location: 1 Km from Sangareddy Town, Telangana State

Distance to Archaeological Museum Kondapur:
– Distance from Hyderabad is 63 Kms (2 hours drive)
– Distance from Sangareddy town is 1 Km (12 min drive)
– Distance from Medak is 68 Kms (1.5 hours drive)

How to Reach:
– Nearest Railway Station is Zaheerabad. One can get down at Zaheerabad and catch a public bus to Jharasangam
– One can use public bus facility from Hyderabad to reach Zaheerabad.
– State run buses ply from MGBS bus stand to Zaheerabad every 40 min to 1 hour

Where to stay:
– Jharasangam village don’t have proper accomodation facilities. Alternately one can stay at Hyderabad or Medak Town and reach this place.
– Medak provides ample accommodation options that are clean, comfortable and affordable. Moreover, being quite close to Hyderabad, tourists can also travel to Medak on day trips from Hyderabad.
– At Medak Anjagoud Hotels, Green Corner Hotel and Manama Hotel are some of the best accommodation options which can be explored.

Timing Information: The Museum is open from 10 am – 5 pm on all days. The weekly closing day is Friday when it remains closed for public viewing.

Nearby Places of attraction:
– Medak Fort
– Medak Cathedral
– Pocharam Dam Reservoir
– Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
– Kotilingeshwara Temple, Siddipet

Important Contact Information:
Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Survey of India,
Kondapur-502 306 District Medak, Telangana
Ph: 08455-253625

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