The beauty of the caves on the banks of Krishna was truly enchanting. Once we finished exploring the architecture, we then set out to discover the history of the Nagarjuna Sagar. The place was a prominent Buddhist centre dated back to 2000 years. The place was named after Acharya Nagarjuna, who spent his whole life dedicated to teaching. We could see the ruins of the Buddhist monastery.
These ruins were in fact located on the banks of Krishna and were rebuilt by the ASI, exactly the same when it was under the threat during the time dam was built, along with an awe-inspiring museum to hoard the artifacts, which is called Nagarjunakonda. The museum is located in an Island in the middle of the Krishna River.
We took 45 minutes to reach the Nagarjunakonda and there are many ferry services to the island organized by the Andhra Tourism Development Board. The ferry starts at 9 am and offer services to the Nagarjunakonda every hour. The ticket fee is around 90 rupees per person and the last service is at 3 pm. The launch ride was a great experience for us as it rides through the Krishna River through the landscapes and hills. The scenic beauty was truly breathtaking and we reached there to find it as a perfect place for picnic and outing.
The museum has a vast collection of artifacts, edicts and sculptures. Apart from these, the other articles that were found in the ruins of the monastery were also displayed there. To explore the actual ruins, one has to walk around the island as they have been rebuilt.
The shrines of Charity and the bathing Ghats were truly captivating. I was spellbound by the beuty of the life-size statue of Buddha and was also surprised by the work of the ASI and their efforts in safeguarding the ruins. The historians have a plenty to explore in this place and I felt like I went back to 2000 years.
We came back to Nagarjuna Sagar after spending 3 hours in the museum and the surrounding area. Our last days in Guntur were about to complete and I felt satisfied with the visit.