Bavikonda

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Bavikonda
బావికొండ
Protected Buddhist monument complex
Apsidal Stupa at Bavikonda
Apsidal Stupa at Bavikonda
Bavikonda is located in Andhra Pradesh
Bavikonda
Bavikonda
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 17°49′2″N 83°23′27″E / 17.81722°N 83.39083°E / 17.81722; 83.39083Coordinates: 17°49′2″N 83°23′27″E / 17.81722°N 83.39083°E / 17.81722; 83.39083
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Visakhapatnam
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest city Visakhapatnam
Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh

Bavikonda Buddhist Complex (17 49 N - 83 23 E) Lies about 16 km from Visakhapatnam city on a hill about 130 mts. Above Mean Sea Level. The term Bavikonda in Telugu language means a hill of wells. As per its name, Bavikonda is a hill which has wells for the collection of rainwater. Bavikonda Monastery dates back to the 3rd century BCE.

A large Buddhist complex was excavated at this site. The excavated remnants are as follows:

  • A piece of bone stored in an urn, supposed to be one of the remain's of the Buddha,
  • Inscriptions,
  • Pottery,
  • Relic caskets,
  • Tiles,
  • Bricks,
  • Coins etc.

were recovered here by the State archaeological Department.[1]

The nearby Buddhist sites to bavikonda are Thotlakonda and Pavurallakonda.

The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)has already appealed to the authorities to ensure better protection of Buddhist sites by taking up the declaration of Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Pavurallakonda and Bojjannakonda as heritage sites by UNESCO. This will not only pave the way for steady flow of funds but also generate employment opportunities for the locals.

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