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#57 of 6105 Places To Visit in Andhra Pradesh
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Nagarjunakonda Road, Nagarjuna Hill, Andhra Pradesh 522426, India
timings
All days of the week except Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed on Fridays.
visit duration
30 minutes to 1 hour

about nagarjunakonda buddhist stupas

Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Stupas are the Buddhism remains from the ancient times and is the most important sites of Buddhism in the South India. Nagarjunkonda meaning the Nagarjuna Hills is named after the great Buddhist scholar Acharaya Nagarjuna. There were some 30 Buddhist establishments that got submerged in the water of Nagarjuna Dam.  

As you approach the hill, you can see the ruins of a wall embracing the entire hill. The fort wall of Nagarjunakonda is 6m high, with six gateways. The oldest reconstructed monument here is a megalith, dating to 2 BCE. The Mahachaitya is the earliest monument at the site with a dated inscription. It came up before the advent of the Ikshvakus at Vijayapuri but was embellished by an Ikshvaku king in 2 CE, with financial aid from his subjects. The chaitya, it is said, houses the corporeal remains of the Buddha. This relic, a fragment of bone, was discovered in a gold reliquary. 

Look out for the Swastika-chaitya, with bricks arranged in the shape of a Swastika, an ancient symbol that represents the sun, power, strength and good luck in different cultures. In Buddhism, the Swastika symbolises the foot or footprints of the Buddha. A replica of a larger-than-life Buddha image stands at Nagarjunakonda; the original is in the museum. The Buddha’s presence is all pervading at this site. Chiselled in fine grained green limestone are scenes that show the compassion and agony of Siddhartha, his enlightenment and sermons. Every feature, grimace, laughter and pain has been captured beautifully. 

If you want to know about accommodation options, there are several AP Tourism hotels in Nagarjunasagar.  The Vijay Vihar Complex (Tel: +91-8680-277362/63; Tariff: INR 2,000- INR 3,300) also has Samagamam and Sarovar hotels. There is also APTDC’s Greenland Project House Hotel (Tel: +91-8680-276540; Tariff: INR 400 to INR 1,200). However, the private Nagarjuna Motel (Tel: +91-8642-242471-72; Tariff: INR 600 to INR 1,200) may work out to be a better option.


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Jun 19 2014
It is a island between Nagarjuna Sagar. This museum is maintaining by Archaeology department. APTDC conducting boat trip to this island daily 4 times. Timings: 8:30, 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30. Boat ride is good and one can see magnificent views of Sagar. ...... read more
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