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Protected Buddhist Monument
Salihundam Buddhist Stupa
Salihundam Buddhist Stupa
Salihundam is located in Andhra Pradesh
Salihundam is located in India
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 18°20′00″N 84°03′00″E / 18.33333°N 84.05000°E / 18.33333; 84.05000Coordinates: 18°20′00″N 84°03′00″E / 18.33333°N 84.05000°E / 18.33333; 84.05000
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District srikakulam
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 532405
Nearest city Visakhapatnam
Lok Sabha constituency srikakulam
Vidhan Sabha constituency srikakulam
Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh

Salihundam is a historically noted village and panchayat in Gara Mandal of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, India.

It is a famous Buddhist Remnants site situated on the south bank of River Vamsadhara at a distance of 5 kilometers west of Kalingapatnam and 18 kilometers from Srikakulam town.

It was known as “Salivatika” (meaning rice emporium). But many called it "Salyapetika" (meaning box of bones or relics). There are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings.

The site was first rediscovered by Gidigu Venkata Ramana moorthy in 1919.

The site was second rediscovered by Ponnana Simhachalam in 2013

During excavations relic caskets, four stupas, a Chaityagriha, structural temples and a number of sculptures reflecting the three phases of Buddhism - Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana were found dating back to about 2nd century BC to 12th century AD.

The statues of 'Tara'[1] and Marichi were discovered at this site and from here Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other far-eastern countries through River Vamsadhara and Kalingapatnam Port.

Kappa Hundi[edit]

There is a small gap between the hill stones and it is said that who ever drop a coin(or something like that) there, it will reach Srikuramam temple(Garba Gudi). And it is said that this is used as source of communication in the past.

The Well[edit]

There is a well at the top of the mornament. Inside the well is located a brick constructed horizontal wall. Down to this is same thing empty which can be easily known by stepping on it. Next is the rumor about this well i.e., there is a treasure inside this well. Don't whether this is true or not.

How to travel[edit]

You can start from Srikakulam.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Statue of Tara". The British Museum. Retrieved 2010-06-17.