Before you read about the Ter Museum kindly go through : Importance of Ter
Ter Museum is located 55 KM away from Latur and takes around an hour by road. Ter Museum houses hundreds of articles and art recovered from the area of 10 square kilometers in the region. The museum shows the clear influence of Roman, Buddhist, Jain cultures and also consists articles from the nizam rule.
Given the fact the articles at the museum are 2000 years old, it assumes a high degree of importance. A floating brick is also on display at the museum. The museum is open on all days except Mondays and National Holidays.
Photography inside is not allowed as is the case in any well known Museum.
November 9, 2010 | admin
One might wonder why I started off with Ter which falls in Osmanabad District when there are many places in Latur District itself of historic importance. Well, its because Ter is of atmost importance among all the historical sites in and around Latur. Distance from Latur to Ter (Approx: 50 Kilometers)
Ter – which was known as Tagara was the most thriving city in the entire region of Maharashtra and Deccan some 2000 years ago with exports to Rome. Moreover, during this period there is also proof of Roman Settlement in the region. The above map shows the sea route from which the exports were undertaken. Traders from Europe and Rome collected mainly fine linen, muslins and other merchandise from the region and took it to the port in Gujurat Barygaza (now known as Bharauch). From there these were taken to through sea routes to Greece and Rome in Italy.
Escavations at Ter has shown signs of large Greeco-Roman Settlements. Among the materials found in escavations are daily use items like a stone hand grinder used in Rome. Among other findings are a Roman styled temple and a wooden rampart which shows clear Roman influence. A local trader Late Ramlingappa Lamture collected around 23,852 artefacts which he got from various farmers and locals in town which were later donated by him to the Ter Museum which is currently maintained by State Archaeological Department in Ter. The museum is named after Late Ramlingappa Lamture for his efforts and the contribution made by him.
Ter Museum displays collections from 1st century AD which is around 2000 years old and among them are horse-rider, Dandaharini, Lajja Gauri etc. and some beautiful objects made of bones, ivory and conch-shells, pieces of stone and terracotta sculptures, replicas of Roman coins and lamps, miniature inkpots, jewellery and household vessels and ivory. Not all the items found are on display at the Museum but important ones are on display and is a must visit for any person who is interested in archaeology and history. The Musuem is open on all days except Monday. Contact Number: 02472 – 233526
Former state archeological director A Jamkhedkar had called Ter “one of the most exceptional historical sites” in India. He said: “With evidence ranging from the 2nd century BC to the 15th – 16th centuries AD …it is an archaeologist’s dream!”
The modern Ter (a small village) is slowly destroying this ancient city burried in the sands of time by using the white sands to make bricks in brick factories. The bricks found in the escavations are said to be so light that they can literally float on water. There are several mounds in the region which are awaiting escavations. Its just a matter of time for the ‘Pompeii of India’ to be discovered, a Roman city burried for almost 1600 years after a Volcano.
If Ter was the trade capital of the region 2000 years ago with exports to Greece and Rome, where did it dissapear and how? Future escavations will get an answer to all these.
Are foreign travellers getting there? Yes..
Visit the story of an Australian Female Traveller at Indiamike: http://www.indiamike.com/india/maharashtra-f37/osmanabad-ter-t64303/
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October 10, 2010 | admin