Archaeological Museum Sarnath
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Archaeological Museum Sarnath

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Archaeological Museum Sarnath in Varanasi

s the oldest site museum of Archaeological Survey of India. With antiquities ranging from the 3rd century BCE to 12th century AD that have been found at Sarnath.
The most important artefact is the famous Lion Capital of Ashoka and a sculpture of Buddha from the 5th century. Some artefacts and sculptures from Mauryan, Kushana and the Gupta periods.

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Location:
Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh, India
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Ticket / Cost / Expenses:
₹2
Time people usually spend here:
2 hours
Latitude / Longitude:
25.3796897°N, 83.0230771°E
Distance from Varanasi city center to Archaeological Museum Sarnath
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Read traveller's reviews about Archaeological Museum Sarnath..

Overall Rating:4.5

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  '5' out of 5
"This museum houses the famous Ashoka Lion capital adapted by India as the national emblem. This was taken from the Ashoka Pillar erected behind the Mulgandha Kuti at Sarnath. In this Kuti, Buddha spent many rains and gave many sermons. "
  '5' out of 5
"It exhibits the Buddhist Cultural wealth, recovered from the site of Lord Buddha’s first sermon at deer park Mrigadava in Sarnath. As the findings are mostly from Buddhist monasteries or vihar, the plan of building was designed by James Ransome on the pattern of a Sangharam or a vihar. The noble idea was conceived by Sir John Marshal, the then Director General of Archaeology in view of Buddhist character of antiquities. The construction of museum building began in 1904 & was completed in 1910. The Central hall is as main chapel, galleries as monastic cells and verandah occurring as in front of cells in a monastery. The whole building is made of sandstone with flat roof."
  '4' out of 5
"The Lion capital of Ashokan pillar is breath taking. Impossible to belive such workmanship existed 2300 years ago. The stupendous stone umbrella and the last major statue constructed here - an unusual gigantic Siva in 1200's, just after Gori's sack- are also unique. "
  '4' out of 5
"It's a good museum just few feets away from the stupa. A section of Buddha display every history of his teachings!"
  '5' out of 5
"The Ashok chakra is here "

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