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Aihole Museums

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DIRECTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, AIHOLE

  1. Name of Museum: Archaeological Museum Aihole
  1. Full Address and phone number:  Archaeological Museum Aihole, Taluk Badami, District Bagalkot, Karnataka State.      Phone number: 08351-284551

 

  1. When established: In 1970 it was planned to be sculpture shed to collect and preserve sculptures, inscriptions, architectural members of ranging in date from 6th to 15th century A.D., which was scattered in and around Aihole.  Subsequently the sculpture shed was converted into a full-fledged site museum in the year 1987.
  2. Staff Strength:

a) Assistant Archaeologist
b) Lower division clerk
c) Marksman
d) Museum attendant
e) Choukidars

Vacant
Vacant
1
4
3

 

  1. Work Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

6. Brief History of Museum (approximately in 1000 words):

Aihole situated on the bank of the river Malaprabha it is an old village and place of great architectural interest containing several temples within fort and many more in the open fields outside. In all, there are more than hundred temples at Aihole built in different periods ranging from the Badami Chalukyas to the Rashtrakutas of Malkhed and the Chalukyas of Kalyani. The place is aptly called the cradle of the South Indian Architecture.


It was the cultural capital of the western Chalukyas of Badami who ruled from Badami during 6th to middle of 8th century A.D. A number of religious, secular and defence structures were built during the early Chalukyan Kings and later dynasties.

The Archaeological Site Museum is located in the Durga Temple complex at Aihole. The museum mainly comprises of stone sculptures of Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faith, fragmentary carved architectural members, inscriptions, hero stones, sati stones etc., Period wise they range in date from 6th century A.D. to 15th century A.D. The majority of the exhibits displays the grandeur of the Early Chalukyan art, as Aihole was well known for experimentation of temple architecture and regarded as ‘cradle of temple architecture.’


The museum consisted of three well organized Galleries and an Open Air Gallery. The Museum does not have any introduction Gallery. The exhibits comprise of sculptures of Saiva, Sakta, Ganapatya, Jaina and of Buddhist affinity. Hero stones, Sati-stones and inscribed slabs are also exhibited in the Open Air Gallery. Majority of the sculptures are displayed on pedestals along the walls. There is only one wall show case in the Gallery-II. Some more proposed to be organized in the new Galleries. In the Open Air Gallery, bird’s eye view model of Aihole and its environs (Malaprabha Valley) with location of various monuments is set up for the visitors’ view. Around the model, tanslides on the development of the site and important monuments, excavated sites etc. are being provided.


Recent construction of accommodation for office and Reserve Collection as an annexure to the museum, added two more new galleries for display which have been designated to display pre and proto historic objects and replicas of inscriptions along with paleographic charts and plans/elevations of temples showing experimentation during Chalukyan times.


7) Total Number of displayed antiquities: 157

8) Total Number of reserved collection: 199

9) Total Collection in the museum (Displayed & Reserved): 356

10) Number and Name of Galleries:


Gallery –1

Gallery-2

Gallery-3

Verandah

Around Valley model

13

13

20

97

14

Total -157

11) Master piece in the collection

    1. Sculpture of Ambika
    2. Jaina images
    3. Matrikas
    4. Hero stones

12) Photographs of the main building: Enclosed

13) View of Galleries: Enclosed

14) Photographs of related objects: Enclosed

15) Status of Documentation / Accession: Enclosed
The digital documentation and preparation of CD-ROM pertaining to the antiquities of the Archaeological Museum, Aihole is completed during the financial year 2003-04. The required information pertaining to “AA” category of antiquities has been furnished to the Directorate together with the photographs for the preparation of National Register of Antiquities.


16) Any other specific information / suggestion:  
A valley model of Aihole have been prepared locating with all the monuments and the environs as nutshell for specilitating to the tourists. Development of the galleries is under process. The old wooden pedestals have been removed and the antiquities have been displayed by constructing stone masonry pedestals veneering with the fine dressed stone slabs for permanent display. Focus lights have been provided for the aesthetic look of the sculptures. Preparation of translides for the selected sculptures is under process. Extension of labels by giving brief introduction about the selected sculptures is process. Wall showcases have been prepared for displaying the small antiquities.   


   
 
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