|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
The original name of Bhattiprolu was Pratipalapura, a flourishing Buddhist town in the ancient Sala kingdom that predated Andhra Satavahanas. From available inscriptional evidence, King Kuberaka was ruling over Bhattiprolu around 230 BC. Bhattiprolu is well known for its Buddha stupa (Vikramarka kota dibba) built about 3rd-2nd century BC.
Three mounds were discovered in Bhattiprolu in 1870. In 1892 when excavations were undertaken by Alexander Rea, three inscribed stone relic caskets containing crystal caskets, relics of Buddha and jewels were found. The stupa was found to be 40 meters in diameter with an additional basement of 2.4 meters wide running all around. The most significant discovery is the crystal relic casket of sarira dhatu of the Buddha from the central mass of the stupas. The Mahachaitya (great stupa) remains of a large pillared hall, a large group of ruined votive stupas with several images of Buddha, a stone receptacle containing copper vessel, which in turn, contained two more, a silver casket and within it, a gold casket enclosing beads of bone and crystal were found.
One of the earliest evidence of Brahmi script in South India comes from Bhattiprolu. The script was written on an urn containing Buddha's relics. The script has been named the bhattiprolu alphabet. Historians surmise that this script gave rise to the Telugu Script and kannada script..
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Some of the villages in Bhattiprolu mandal are Addepalli, Vellatur, Voleru, kannegantivarepalem,Chintamotu, Pedapulivarru, Akkivaripalem, Gorigapudi, Guttavaripalem, Pesarlanka, Pedalanka, Pallekona, Allamudi Gudavalli and Ilavaram, Vemavaram, Surepally,konetipuram
Bhattiprolu is around 28 km from Tenali and 15 minutes drive from Repalle. It is a station on the Repalle-Tenali railway and falls under the Guntur division of South Central Railway. It is also well connected to Repalle, Tenali, Bapatla, Ponnur via road and lies on the National Highway 214A (India).
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