Sites of Vikramshila

Vikramshila Site

Vikramshila Site

The Vikramshila museum established in 2004 displays some selected antiquities unearthed in excavations conducted by Archeological Survey of  India (1972-82) at the Near by site indentified to the Remains of vikramshila Mahavvihar the celebrated ancient University founded by pala king Dharmpala in 8th or early 9th Century A.D.which prospered for about four centuries.

The excavation has revealed a large Buddhist monastery with in imposing stupa in its centre and Vative stupas in addition to so small sterines of letter period including a Tibetan and a hindu temple The general plan of the monastery greatly resembles the contemporary somapura Mahavihar Paharpur (Bangladesh).

The antiquities form Vikramshila belong to a single cultural period broadly ranging form 8th 10th century A.D.but their features specially noticed in sculptures are testimony of a distinct school of art termed as Pala art or the medieval Estern Indian school of art The Pala sculptures are mastly stele carved in high relife showing fine craftsmanship delicate caming and intricate ormamemtation in addition a remarkable shine is notced in some of the sculptures carved out in fine gramed black basalt stone Thought most of the ston sculptures are generally carved out of coarse of fine grained blsck basaltquarried from the hills of Rajmahal some sculptures are made in lime stone from pathaghatta hills.

Apart from a larg number of architectural fragments many ston sculptures and bronze images of gods.

 

 

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Vikramshila Museum

Vikramshila Museum

The museum is located at Antichak in district Bhalgalpur. It was established in 2004 to display the antiquities recovered in course of excavation at the site. The museum building forms a cruciform on plan. The antiquities belong to Pala period have been displayed in the ground floor and first floor of the museum building. A scaled model of the excavated site of Vikramshila is on display at the first floor of the building.

The ground floor of the museum exhibits stone sculptures of Buddhist pantheon such as Buddha, Bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara, Loknath, Jambhala, Marichi, Tara, Aparajita. The images of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya, Chamuna, Mahisasurmardini, Krishna and Sudama, Surya, Vishnu are among important objects of Brahmanical order. Besides this terracotta moulds and figurines as well as iron objects are other important objects on display.

The first floor contains the antiquities like beads of various shapes, pendants, locket, finger rings, terracotta animal and bird figurines, perforated pot Bronze images of Buddhist and Brahmaical deity and shell objects and stone sculptures of Buddhist pantheon such as Buddha, Manjushri Vajrapani, Avalokitesvara.

Opening Hours : 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Closed on – Friday

 

 

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