Immortal Buddhist Connect with Andhra – 5 Amazing Facts You Should Know!!

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“History defines the realm of creation”

What is now declared as the capital city of Andhra was once the prime landmark of Buddhist establishment and learning. Amaravati shines with the most priceless Buddhist remains that have enchanted the world as such.

The rice bowl of India – Andhra Pradesh where the river Godavari and Krishna inhabit was once the land in which all forms of Buddhism such as Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana flourished for centuries. Eventually, Buddhism declined during the latter part of the 1st millennium CE and ever since, it has indelibly immortalized the state boundaries.

The reign of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh has the density of relic caskets of some sites that had a great level of archaeological historical and religious resources adds an eternal richness to the Indian heritage and is now celebrated and cherished by every Indian and second nationalities.

Buddhist Heritage Retraced

The Buddhist sites have been always known for their archaeological historical and religious importance in particular Nagarjunakonda and Amaravati.

5 Amazing Facts about the Immortal Buddist Connect with Andhra

1. Amaravati the major Buddhist site
Amaravati was once a Buddhist site dating back to 3rd century BC that rests on the banks of river Krishna. It is believed that King Ashoka had built the large Maha Stupa and the other buildings were constructed in the later four phases. The ruins of Amaravati have caught the attention of everyone all over the world, beginning from the scholars of the 19th century to museums world- wide. Relic caskets were discovered during the 1957-67 excavations at the Maha Stupa site.

2. The Buddhist Sculptures of Amaravati influenced the World
The sculptures and art of the Amaravati are indeed a narrative style and are known as the Amaravati School of Art. The Amaravati Sculpture is said to have influence on other countries around the world including Sri Lanka.

3. The Great Gautama Buddha Taught Here
It is also believed that Gautama Buddha taught the holy ritual of ‘Kalachakra’ in the town of Amravati which is of course the home to many ancient Buddhist Monks.

4. A Historic Monastery is located in Nagarjuna Konda
Nagarjunakonda meaning the Nagarjuna hill has a historical monastery situated on the banks of river Krishna. It was the capital of the Ikshuvaku dynasty (c. 225 A.D. – 325 A.D.). It is a thoughtfully laid out planned city with beautifully carved statues of Buddha. Holding significant importance in the religious as well as educational sectors of the society, it is named after the Buddhist scholars and savant Acharya Nagarjuna who was a teacher, philosopher monk and founded the Madhyamika School of Buddhism. It belongs to the Mahayana tradition. In the excavation of 1926 threw light on many sculptures, artefacts and inscriptions.

5. A Great Buddist Stupa was unearthed in 2011
The climatic repression has taken various Buddhist monuments under the overwhelming earth. A hemispherical Buddhist stupa belonging to the Vajrayana period of Buddhism going way back to 6th and 7th Century A.D. was by chance unearthed by the Department of Archaeology of Andhra Pradesh in 2011 following sighting of a large brick in the vicinity of a large mound in this village. It is considered to belong to the last phase of Buddhism called Munjuluru. Andhra Pradesh is still going strong and active from the very Vedic Period.

There are a total of approximately 150 Buddhist monuments and other sites identified within the present boundaries of Andhra Pradesh so far. These sites contain monuments of various types, including Stupas, large monasteries and cave complexes.

The Andhra government has not only promoted the monuments as tourist attractions but has also taken many steps in protecting its historical importance. We call it the ‘Ancient Buddhist Bastion’ in the print media promotions.
The historical, archaeological and religious importance have been staying in Andhra as a part of the rich Indian heritage. This had popularized the importance of Buddhism and given it a timeless bond with the state.
Andhra Pradesh is a state of glory and pride and home to the expanse of Buddhism. No wonder the priceless ‘Kohinoor’ was found in a village named Kollur making the state of an even greater importance.



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