One of the most exquisite resting place or Arama for the Buddhist monks in the ancient times, Ramatheertham still flaunts timeless evidence. The monument located 16 kms north of the town of Vizianagaram is a local hillock called Gurubhaktakonda.
With a ledge of 500 ft. high in the protective shadow of a vertical rock cliff, this Arama was chosen by the then Buddhist monks to rest. Near the foot of this hill was a tank that was fed by water droplets dripping from an overhead rock. Fazed by time and partly disrupted, this trail of Buddhism still has many stories to tell.
The excavations at this site laid before Stupas, Chaityas, Silamandapas, monolithic pillars and votive stupas. There were two monasteries here, with rows of cells on another hillock called Durgakonda.
The brick structures were all aligned in a straight line from west to east. Antiquities found here include stone idols of the Buddha carved in Amaavati style with flowing robes, a Satavahana lead coin and six clay sealings dating back 2nd century AD. There are also two inscriptions here from the time of the Eastern Chalukyas.
Source – Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh