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Victoria Jubilee Museum

Victoria Jubilee Museum named to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Victoria was built in the year of the coronation in 1877 and is located inVijayawada,

The museum attracts many visitors especially those who are interested in history and archeology as it houses a worthy assortment of art and artifacts such as sculpture, paintings, idols, pottery, jewelry, tools and weapons from different historic periods, cutlery and inscriptions on tablets and manuscripts. There are relics from Neolithic age collected from excavations in nearby areas. Carefully conserved artifacts that are found to be more than 2000 years old and which are important markers of Buddhist history are showcased here. The Archeology Department and the Archeological Survey of India are responsible for most of the treasure found here and also look after the museum.

In recent history, in the year 1921, Mahatma Gandhi presided over the Congress Party meeting here in and the tricolor flag with the Charkha or the spinning wheel was first introduced as the Party symbol.

The Victoria Jubilee Museum is open to the public on all days except Friday and Public Holidays between 11 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 6 pm in summer and 10 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM in winter. There is no Admission free to see the Museum.Photography is strictly prohibited.

The Collection

Apart from the general exhibits that are shown in most museums such as weapons, arms and tools, utensils and pottery, objects made of stone and copper, coins, textiles,inscriptions on stone or etched on metal, terracotta statutes, ceramics, bronze figurines, manuscripts and so many objects recovered from excavations of historical sites. There are items such as tools, implements and weapons made of stone and metal from the pre-historic Neolithic area .

There are some very beautiful objects that are found to be from the 4th or 5th century AD such as astriking sculpture of Lord Siva . Among the main attractions in Victoria Jubilee Museum are a huge statue of Buddha made of granite and a white limestone statuette of the standing Buddha; both statues have been found to be from the 3rd to 4th century AD in Alluru a small town which is an archeological site.

There is a good collection of art in the museum with a big painting of Empress Victoria and copies of several European Masters.

Even outdoors in the garden there are statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, inscriptions and also placed in a circle are tombstones of some Dutch who died here in the 17thcentury.

Nearby Attractions

There are many religious places in the vicinity that include :

1. Kanaka Durga Temple located on a hill overlooking the city and the River Krishna. The Dasehra Festival brings thousands of devotees from the city and neighboring areasvisit the temple after a holy dip in the River Krishna.

2. MarakataRajarajeswari Temple is the temple of Mother Goddess and a unique sample of intricate stone work and architecture.

3. SubramanyaSwamy Temple is also located on a hill overlooking the city and the River Krishna. The SkandaShashti Festival brings thousands of devotees and neighboring areas visit the temple

4. HazaratBal Mosque here the holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed which is the hair of the Prophet is kept and is open for the public onlyonce a year. A large number of non-Muslims too join the celebrations.

5. HinkarThirtha is a huge and artistically built Jain Temple atMangalagiri only 12 Kms from Vijayawada.

Gunadala Matha Shrine also known as St. Mary’s Church wasbuilt and consecrated in 1971, The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is an annual event, attended by hundreds.
Other important places of tourist interest are

Prakasam Barrage

Prakasam barrage built across the river Krishna connectGuntur and Krishna Districts. A major irrigation project,Prakasham Barragehas a motorable road on the dam that offers a panoramic view of the lake. The three canals from the lakeflow through Vijayawada and make it appear like Venice.

Undavalli Caves

Undavalli caves in Guntur district are only 5 Kms from Vijayawada. The carvings in these caves are dated to the7th century AD. There is evidence that these caves were used by Buddhist monks as a rest house during the monsoon months. A mammothstatue of Lord Buddha in a reclining position is also seen here.

Mogalarajapuram Caves

Mogalarajapuram Caves These caves are said to be datedto the 5th century AD and idols of Hindu Gods;Nataraj, GaneshaandArdhanareeshwara are said to have been carved here.

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