Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Closed on Fridays
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : Indians - INR 20, Foreigners - INR 250
Located in the Amaravathi village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati Stupa (also known as Amaravathi Mahachaitya) is a heritage monument and an ancient Buddhist stupa. Believed to have been built in phases between the 3rd century BCE and 250 CE, the monument is currently under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. The premises also have an Archaeological Museum other than the stupa itself. Popularly known as the Mahachaitya, Deepaladinne or the Great Stupa of Amaravati, this is among the largest stupas in India and one of the most visited sites in Amaravati.
Situated on the banks of River Krishna, Amaravati Stupa boasts of the architecture of the Buddhist school. Known to have been built by a representative of Emperor Ashoka, the monument is constructed of brick and has a circular vedika which houses Lord Buddha in a human form seated over an elephant. Besides, Lord Buddha is depicted in various forms- there are carvings and inscriptions and sculptures and incarnations from the Jataka tales. Amaravati Stupa is also known to be an important specimen of the Mauryan architecture.
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