Guntur : MP Galla Jayadev has demanded that the Amaravati monuments be brought back to the city from London. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Parliament on Friday, Mr Jayadev asked the Union government to initiate action for return of Amaravati monuments to their rightful place. Recalling that Amaravati has great historical significance as it was ruled by Satavahanas during 2 and Galla Jayadev 3 Centuries and the banks of River Krishna had flourished as centres of Buddhism. the MP reminded that the Dalai Lama had conducted Kalachakra on the banks of the river in 2006. He also reminded the House of the excavations conducted by Colonel Colin Mackenzie, the first surveyor-general of India in Amaravati.
Centre asked to bring back artefacts
Mr Jayadev said that 70 artefacts were shifted to London in 1880 by the then British government. The sculptures are a bunch of complex accounts of the previous lives of the Buddha and they were classified into periods ranging from second century BC to second century AD. These inscriptions onceadorned that great Buddha Stupa at Amaravati and were now on display in Amaravati Gallery at London Museum.
Mr Jayadev, pointing out that Amaravati has now been declared the new capital of AP said that the government was planning to build a world-class museum to showcase the legacy of Amaravati and requested the Union government to initiate action to bring back the artefacts to the state as early as possible.