Pavuralakonda – True Bounty of Buddhist Stupas and Relics

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Pavuralakonda, also known as Pavurallabodu is the local name of the hill, popularly known as Narasimhaswamy Konda, near Bheemunippatnam located 30kms away from the main city of Visakhapatnam. River Gosthani flows by the hill and joins the sea. The river serves not only as water resource for the inhabitants of Pavurallakonda, but was also an active point of navigation for inland trade during the early centuries of Christian era.

Excavations that were conducted on the hill revealed the foundations of Mahastupa, Viharas, common Varendahs, Silamandapa and Rock cut steps that led to the main stupa area. The Buddhist remains at Pavuralakonda bear priceless reminiscence from the past. Circular Chaityagrihas and Votive Stupas speak about the great monumental spot that was actively used and visited by the Buddhist monks and followers back in time.

Some of the Great Findings At the Pavuralakonda Buddhist site

At different levels on the hillock, on the east west axis, 16 rock cut cisterns were found that were hewn into the bed rock. These were meant for collecting and storing rainwater for the use of monastery.

There is a tank that is partly rock cut and partly bunded by masonry walls on the hill.

Near the entrance of the tank, two Brahmi label inscriptions were found, reading Kumarikala and Kuvana (Krigana) Paulagamena Tataka Chhata Matapodanam.

Another label inscription wasfdings also cited near the cistern of the western side of the habitation that reads as Nagaka (cha) Ru (Bha)Tha

Associate findings with the structures are two Satavahana coins, a Roman coin, inscribed pot sherds, black and red ware, black polished ware, red polished ware beads and a broken lid of relic casket.

The site dates back to the period between the 3rd century B.C. and 2nd century A.D.



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