Andhra Pradesh Government is intended to retrieve many artifacts related to its new capital city Amaravathi which were exhibited on British Museum in London. According to IYR Krishna RAo, chief secretary of the state who recently visited British Museum had said that about 30 to 40 artifacts that are exposed from and around the proposed capital city are displayed on the museum.
“Lot of artifacts related to Amravati are there. They are excavated from the site at Amaravati (in AP) and include stupa, pillar, relics and ‘chakras’. There (in the museum) is a separate gallery called Amaravati gallery comprising 30-40 artifacts, which are mainly related to Buddhism and Amaravati,” Rao said.
The proposed capital state of Andhra Pradesh is located in between Vijayawada and Guntur regions on the banks of river Krishna. The name Amaravathi means the city which exists permanently was the throne of Satavahanas and the name has been chosen for its historical, spiritual and mythological importance.
Chief Minister Mr. Chandrababu Naidu has said, ” The region had seen three religions Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism flourishing, according to historians. We are getting it video-graphed and getting it here. Then we would also like to take it up with Government of India and through it with Britain for sending them back. But, that’s going to be a long drawn out process. We will start out the process “.
These extremely beautiful artifacts believed to be made of limestone called ‘Palnadu’ were transported from India to London during British rule. Chief Secretary said that government will discuss this issue with Union Government to retrieve the artifacts.