Nagarjunasagar & Nagarjunakonda
About Nagarjunasagar & Nagarjunakonda
Nagarjunasagar spreads over five districts, Nalgonda, Mahaboobnagar, Kurnool,
Prakasam and Guntur. Nagarjunasagar, known as Vijayapuri in ancient times, is an important Buddhist site, located 150 km’s from Hyderabad. Relics of the Buddhist civilization found here, date back to the 3rd century A.D. The excavated remains were reconstructed and are carefully preserved at Nagarjunakonda, an island set in the middle of a man made lake. Nagarjunasagar was named after Acharya Nagarjuna, a famous Buddhist teacher in Andhra kingdom. Excavations of Nagarjunakonda unearthed the Mahachaitya, the most sacred of the stupas. An inscription in Brahmi characters states that the sacred relics of Lord Buddha lie within the Machaitya. The remains of a university, vihara, monasteries and an ‘Aswamedha’ sacrificial altar, as well as prehistoric tools from Paleolithic and Neolithic times were also excavated here. The museum at Nagarjunakonda has a model of the now-submerged valley and its environs.
How to reach Nagarjunasagar & Nagarjunakonda
- Air : Nearest airport is Hyderabad
- Rail : Macherla is the nearest railhead.
- Bus : Buses available from Jubilee Bus station (Secunderabad) and Mahatma Gandhi memorial bus station (Gawliguda)
Where to Stay in Nagarjunasagar & Nagarjunakonda
- Comfortable accommodation is available in A.P.Tourism guesthouses, cottages and motel