About the ASI
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the
Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological
researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.
Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of
national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. Besides, it
regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the
provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains
Act, 1958 as amicable under AM & ASR (Amendment & Validation Act 2010). It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
For the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological
sites and remains of national importance, the entire country is divided
into 24 Circles. The organization has a large workforce of trained
epigraphists, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological
research projects through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches,
Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture
Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey Projects and Underwater
About Lucknow Circle
Lucknow circle of Archaeological Survey of India was created on May 13th, 1985 by the bifurcating the parts of Agra Circle, Bhopal circle & Patna Circle. As on today, there are 359 monuments/sites under the jurisdiction of Lucknow Circle, out of which 168 monuments/sites are in the Bundelkhand region, 20 monuments/sites are in the Terai region, and 171 monuments/sites are in the Awadh region which are being looked after by the Superintending Archaeologist of the Lucknow Circle. The Bundelkhand region, lying within the folds of the Vindhyan range of mountains, is a unique geographical unit with a distinct cultural personality of its own. The monuments of the Bundelkhand region mostly comprise temples and forts dating from 6th & 7th century A.D. Dasavatar stone temple at Deogarh is one of the finest examples of Gupta period. In the Terai region, Buddhism became the main inspring factor giving impetus to building activities at the location hollowed by the presence of Buddha himself or at the places somehow connected with him. The excavations revealed a number of ancient Buddhist sites at Sravasti & Piprahwa i.e. Kapilvastu. In the Awadh region, Lucknow reflects the best example of Awadh School of architecture, though initially architectural movement started from Faizabad. Besides, a number of monuments flourished on Mughal route between Allahabad and Agra. The Circle also comprises a large number of brick temples the most famous of which is Dasavatar temple at Bhitargaon dating back to Gupta period which is a landmark of Indian temple architecture.
Free entry to the monuments every year on 19th November