Sunday, March 13, 2011

SANKARAM BUDDHIST EXCAVATIONS,VISAKHAPATNAM,ANDHRA PRADESH



  • One of the most significant Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh, Sankaram is located some 41 km away from Visakhapatnam. 

  • The name Sankaram derives from the term Sangharama. Sankaram is famous for the whole lot of votive stupas, rock-cut caves, brick-built structural edifices, early historic pottery and Satavahana coins that date back to the 1st century AD. 

  • The main stupa here was initially carved out of rock and then covered with bricks. 
               
                                    
  • In close proximity lies yet another significant Buddhist sites, Bojjanakonda, where you can see a number of images of the Buddha carved on the rock face of the caves. 

  • At Ligalametta,there are hundreds of rock cut monolithic stupas in rows, spread all over the hill. Among other Buddhist attractions here are relic casket, three chiatya halls, votive platforms, stupas and Vajrayana sculptures. 

  • The Vihara was functional for around a millennium and saw the development of the not only Theravada form of Buddhism but also Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
            
                                  
  • Ancient Buddist sites are all around surronded Visakhapatnam, most of which have been excavated recently . The imprint of Buddhist legacy is so strong here that the interest of archeologists in this area is growing by the day.



  

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