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Nagarjunakonda, Nagarjunakonda

Nagarjunakonda is a historical Buddhist town in Andhra Pradesh. This place is known as one of the richest Buddhist sites in India. This place bears the name of Nagarjuna, a Buddhist saint that lived in the 2nd century. It is said that he was the one to spread Buddhism and activities related to it in the region. He also founded the Madhyamika School of Mahayana Buddhism. This place was ruled by the Ikshvaku dynasty for more than 150 years. Though this place is in a ruined state, it still lures visitors from all 4 directions of the country.

 

It Is Known For:-
1) The present-day ruined site of Nagarjunakonda was once a place where several educational institutions and Buddhist monasteries existed. Students from Bhutan, China, Gandhar, and Sri Lanka visited Nagarjunakonda to acquire knowledge about Buddhism
2) After the civilization of this region was abandoned due to devastation, the ruins became the storytellers. The carved pillars were discovered during excavations
3) Not only for the ruins of the Buddhist sites, Nagarjunakonda is also known for the nearby attractions like Ethipothala Falls, Nallamalla Hills, and Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Best Time To Visit:-
The best time to visit Nagarjunakonda is between October-March. During these months, the temperatures do not shoot up and can cause discomfort while touring the place. Thus, it is recommended to choose a pleasant weather for visiting Nagarjunakonda.

 

Reaching There:-
Nagarjunakonda is an easily accessible site. Since it is located on the outskirts of the city, the local buses are frequently available for reaching the site.

 

Nearest Railway Station- Nalgonda Railway Station
Nearest Airport- Vijayawada Airport

Excavations : NagarjunaKonda is one of the important tourist attractions of Andhra Pradesh, located about 150 kms. southeast of Hyderabad on the Krishna River. Nagarjunakonda was one of the largest and most important Buddhist centres in southern India from the 2nd century BC until 3rd century AD. and was earlier known as Vijayapuri. It was the venue of many a congregation of monks and scholars. Nagarjuna the great Buddhist scholar is said to have founded the University here. Excavations at Nagarjunakonda revealed the Mahachaitya, the most sacred of the stupas. An inscription in Bramhi characters states that the sacred relics of Lord Buddha lie within the Mahachaitya. The ruins of a university, vihara, monasteries and an ‘Aswamedha’ sacrificial alter from Paleolithic and Neolithic times were also discovered here.
Collections : The great stupa at Nagarjunakonda belongs to the class of uncased stupas, its brickwork being plastered over and the stupa decorated by a large garland-ornament. The Ikshvaku Princess Chamtisiri in the third century renovated the original stupa. It houses excavated material from early stone ages to medieval period including beautiful stone sculptures, inscriptions, relic caskets, jewels etc, library. The prehistoric findings include the tools from Palaeolithic and Neolithic times. There are many artifacts on display like Stone Age picks, hoes, hammers and spears. Coins and coin moulds belonging to the local rulers like Satavahanas are also on display. There are fine and attractive sculptures of large voluptuous women and also of Jataka stories on long slabs. The museum at NagarjunaKonda has a model of the now submerged valley and the environs.
Educative site : This site is one of the richest sources of Buddhist narrative sculpture discovered in India during the 12th century. Nagrjunakonda, as a result of extensive excavations, has revealed a large number of viharas and chaitya halls, through which the typical plans and constructional details of these structures can be well studied. It was discovered in 1925. The excavated remains are outstanding examples of white marble carvings and sculptures depicting the life of the Buddha.
Weather : 26° C
Ideal duration : 1 Day
Best Time : Oct-Mar
Established : 225 AD - 325 AD

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