Vikramshila Museum is situated 36 km east of Bhalgalpur district in village Antichak. Set up in the year 2004, the museum’s main purpose was to exhibit the antiquities recovered in excavation at the site by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The antiques that were recovered have been displayed on the ground floor and first floor of the museum building. The first floor of the museum also has a scaled model of the excavated site of Vikramshila. The ground floor of the museum displays stone sculptures of the Buddhist pantheon such as Buddha, Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva, Loknath, Marichi, Jambhala, Tara and Aparajita. Other than this, images of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya, Chamuna, Mahisasurmardini, Krishna and Sudama, Surya, Vishnu are also on display. To attract tourists, earth moulds, collectibles, and iron objects are some of the other important things on display. The first floor of the museum also has some fascinating and eye grabbing objects on display. These include antiques like pendants, finger rings, locket, and handmade terracotta animal and bird figurines. Tourists are also fascinated by the stone sculptures of Buddhist deities such as Buddha, Manjushri Vajrapani, Avalokitesvara.
The Archaeological Survey of India excavated this site, which was recognized as the remains of Vikramshila Mahavihar, a renowned university founded by King Dharmapala of the Pala Dynasty in 8th and 9th century A.D. Comprising more than one hundred teachers and nearly one thousand students, Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities. Foreign countries often invited students from the university to preach Buddhist learning, culture and religion. The university was established by the King to sustain the quality of scholarship at Nalanda. It flourished for about four centuries before being destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji. Khilji then also destroyed other major centers of Buddhism in India around 1200.
Vikramshila Museum, Antichak, Bihar 813203
Monsoon : Maximum: 31 °C, Minimum: 15 °C.
Summer : Maximum: 37 °C, Minimum:18 °C
Winter : Maximum: 27°C, Minimum:10 °C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (especially November)
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