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Khajana Building Museum – From rare coins to centuries-old relics – the state’s load of history

During the reign of Qutb Shahi dynasty, Golconda was chosen as the capital. This happened from 1512-1890, during which Sultan Zam Sheed, Ibrahim Qutb Shahi and IVth Sultan, Mohammed Quli, who was also the founder of Hyderabad, came to the throne. At that time, during the reign of the Sultans, the capital came to be known as ‘Mohammed Nagar’. Being the capital city, all the major religious, military, administrative offices and important buildings were built here.

One such building was the Khajana Building. As the name suggests, Khajana Building- was the place where the kingdom’s ‘khajana’ or treasure was stored. It was the treasury of Ibrahim Qutb Shahi. Khajana Building is closly located to Golconda Fort of Hyderabad.

Located on the main road, on the way from Fateh Darwaza to Bala Hissar road, the building is also known as Khajana Building Museum.

As you enter the Khajana Building Museum, you’ll first see the guard rooms of the royal treasury of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. As with most Islamic buildings, there’re religious centres inside the complex- Ashrafi Mosque in the eastern quarters of the building and Chani Mosque (built during Ibrahim Qutb Shahi time in the year 1550 AD – 1580 AD), the smaller mosque of the two.  Right opposite the Khajana Building Museum is Sham Sheer Kota. During the reign of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, royal arms and weaponry were stored in this building.

Khajana Building is made from the single stone. There’s a majestic central arch in the building, on the sides of which are two halls. The roofs of these halls are supported by the arch. The halls had a special purpose too – these were storehouses of the royal treasury of the army and government of Qutb Shahi. The central arch leads to the Courtyard and the gardens. Today, we see Canons from the Qutb Shahi Period on display, here. Also, stone sculptures from neighboring areas, of the Chalukya and Kaktiya period and Qutb Shahi and Bahmani dynasties are on exhibition. From rare coins to centuries-old relics unearthed during various excavations, the state’s load of history, heritage, etc are being displayed at the Khajana Building Museum

When the Nizams were replaced by the democratic government, in 1948, the Khajana Building’s ownership was passed on to the Indian Government. It was then allocated to the Indian Military to use this building to distribute the salary to its staff. At this time, an addition was made to the complex- a gabled section was constructed in the courtyard.

In the years 1951-1952,  the Khajana Building Museum again was passed into different hands. This time, the Department of Archeology and Museums. This was when the Khajana Building has become an Heritage Building with changed shape and became the monument, as we see it today. The artefacts exhibited in the building today, were added on by the Department of Archeology and Museums. Canons of Qutb Shahi period are also on display at the Museum.   The Khajana Building Museum a tourist spot of Hyderabad, made to the news when it was proposed that artifacts from Telangana are displayed here. Also, the Khajana Building has had its artifacts stolen in the past. It made news recently, when the media brought to light that a building of such legacy, and one which stores treasures from the past, has only 2 guards. Ironical indeed that such ‘khajaana’, is so poorly guarded.

Khajana Building Museum Timings: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, except Fridays and other public holidays.

Distance to Khajana Building Museum:
– approx 16 Kms from Secunderabad Railway Station (50-60 min drive)
– 10.5 Kms from MGBS Bus Stop, Hyderabad ( 30-35 min drive)

Public Transport to Khajana Building Museum:
– Buses from Secunderabad – 5M-142, 5C-123, 8A-113G
– Buses from MGBS Bus Stop, Hyderabad – 80K, 65-142, 80S, 80C-66G

Location of Khajana Building Museum : Near Bala Hissar Road, Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

Food Facilities: Plenty of hotels in Hyderabad with various cuisines. One should definitely try Hyderabadi Biryani and Irani Chai.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:
– Golconda Fort Hyderabad
– Qutb Shahi Tombs
– Hyderabad Golf Course

Contact Numbers: Directorate of Archaeology & Museums – 040-23234942, Mobile: 9849254956

Incharge: Sri Narsing Rao, 9391196546

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