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A visit to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
DATE: 13-02-09
submitted by:
Greenfields, Vaddeswaram ,
Guntur Dt. AP, India-522502
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is certainly the pride of India, since it is the tallest masonry dam in
the world.
This colossal dam supplies water for irrigation purposes to the districts like
Nalgonda, Prakasam,

Khammam and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. Named after the Buddhist
monk 'Nagarjuna', the dam actually separates the Guntur and Nalgonda districts. Owing to its
confounding height of 124 meters, Nagarjuna sagar Dam can store up to 11, 472 million cubic
meters in its reservoir.

Nagarjuna sagar dam

Apart from these achievements, the dam also has been known for being one of the earliest
irrigation and hydro-electric projects in India. Built across the Krishna River, it boasts of one of
the largest networks of canal systems in the world. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is located at a distance
of 160 km from Guntur and 150 km from Hyderabad. Considering the tourism prospects, a lake
has been developed just behind the dam, which is acclaimed to be the third largest man-made
lake in the world. Four km away from the dam, is the Viewpoint, where a panoramic view of the
amazing landscape, is simply a feast to the eyes.

It is also one of the earliest hydro-electric projects of India, the Nagarjuna sagar Dam is a
symbol of modern India's architectural and technological triumphs over nature.

There is also the famous Buddhist relics and an exquisite museum, located just a 20-minute
ride away by a motorboat across the river Krishna. The dam offers some eye pleasing views
during attracting innumerable tourists to take a trip to the dams.

The relics of Buddhist civilisation dating back to the 3rd Century A.D were excavated here.

The excavated remains of the Buddhist civilization have been reconstructed and are carefully
preserved at Nagarjuna konda, a unique Island museum, situated in the midst of the man-made
Nagarjuna sagar lake.
Constructed In the shape of a Buddhist Vihara, the museum houses a stupendous collection of
relics of Buddhist art and culture. Famous relics include a small tooth and an ear-ring believed to
be of the Buddha. The main stupa of Nagarjunakonda called Mahachaitya is believed to contain

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