Ghantasala, Buddhist Pilgrim Center, Vijayawada
Andhra Pradesh was the site of a flowering of Buddhist culture. The Salivahanas, who were devout Buddhists by religion, followed the Satavahana dynasty. Several Buddhist stupas and viharas were built during their reign, and Buddhist centers flourished at Amaravathi, Ghantasala and other places in Andhra Pradesh. Ghantasala islocated 280 km’s from Hyderabad and 21 km’s west of Machilipatnam in the Divi Taluk, Krishna District. The stupa that was excavated here is of a unique design. A cube of solid bricks is set in the center, inscribed with the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Besides these, Buddhist ruins have been unearthed at Jaggayyapeta near Vijayawada, at Ramathirtham in Vijayawada, at Salihundam in Srikakulam, at Gudivada to the northwest of Machilipatnam at nelakondapalli in Kahammam District and at Adurru in East Godavari District. Phanigiri and Gajula banda at nalgonda. Bhavikonda and Thotla Konda near Visakhapatnam have also yielded evidence of Buddhist remains.
How to reach Ghantasala
- Easily accessible from Srikakulam, Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam through State buses and taxis.
Where to stay in Vijayawada
- Vijayawada offers budget and star hotels.