Buddhist Places in Andhra Pradesh, India
Buddhist Pilgrim Centers in Visakhapatnam
Sankaram has numerous monolithic votive stupas, rock-cut caves buildings and images of Buddha and non-tantric form of Hariti.
In Telugu thotti means'cistern' & konda means 'hill' and Thotlakonda means hill of cisterns. This Buddhist settlement is located on the hill-top of Mangamaripeta village, 16 km. away from Visakhapatnam town along Vizag-Bheemli beach road.
Other Buddhist Pilgrim Centers
Andhra Pradesh was the site of a flowering of Buddhist culture. The Salivahanas, who were devout Buddhists by religion, followed the Satavahana dynasty. Buddhist centers flourished at Amaravathi.
Ghantasala islocated 280 kms from Hyderabad and 21 kms west of Machilipatnam in the Divi Taluk, Krishna District. The stupa that was excavated here is of a unique design.
Nagarjunasagar and Nagarjunakonda
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.
Buddhist Undavalli caves is situated about 8 km’s from Vijayawada which were carved in the 7 th Century A.D. A huge monolithic Vishnu, in lying position is a magnificent sight at these caves.