A 2000-year-old Buddhist Cave Discovered in Andhra Pradesh

A 1st century rock-cut Buddhist cave has been unearthed in Vijaywada's Dhanamkoda hills, Andhra Pradesh. The excavation was a result of a survey which was conducted by Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, a Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amravati (CCVA), as part of the awareness campaign, Preserve Heritage for Posterity, by CCVA.

Dr Reddy alongside a Buddhist heritage activist Subhakar Medhasani, made efforts to determine the cave, which is cut into a hill at a height of 200 ft from the ground level. The cave measures 15 ft in length, 16 ft in height and 8 ft in depth. 

The cave and the stupa motif does not bear any artistic carvings. It resembles the one that is located at Bojjannakonda, in Visakhapatnam district. To this, Dr. Reddy mentioned that the rock-cut cave belongs to the Theravada monks, who had probably used this space as a retreat, especially during the rainy season.

After careful observation and scanning for its historical significance, Dr Reddy and Subhakar Medasani have put in a word to the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority to include the cave in the Vijayawada Buddhist circuit. 

Along with this a natural cave has also been located toward the east of the rock-cut cave, which is also assumed to be the rain retreat of the monks.

How can one reach the cave? 

One can get to the cave by taking a flight of steps that lead to a ramp situated opposite Boyapati Madhavarao Street in Mogalrajpuram in the city.

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