AP to launch efforts to trace Buddhist sites in Rayalaseema
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 13:28
  
Hyderabad: State Archaeology department would be launching efforts to discover Buddhist sites, which are believed to be lying in ruins in Rayalaseema region, following the identification of such sites in Andhra Pradesh.

"The famed Chinese traveller Xuanzang, who toured the area in 7th century AD had mentioned in his writings that several Buddhist sites existed in Choliya kingdom, which included parts of the present day Rayalaseema. Seven such sites have been found in the area so far," Director of AP State Archaeology and Museums, P Chenna Reddy said.

The sites are spread across Kadapa district and parts of Chittoor and Nellore districts, and efforts would be made to trace the remaining Buddhist habitations, he said.

The ones that have been discovered so far in the Choliya kingdom include Adapur (locally known as Lanjakanumagutta), Tallapaka, Pedacheppali, Pedamudiyam, Kazipet and recently Konduru Tippa, both in Kadapa district.

All the sites in the region are believed to have existed between 3rd century BC and 5th century AD.

Also, the department would like to trace the footsteps of Xuanzang in Rayalaseema which has remained unknown so far, Reddy said.

The department discovered the Buddhist site on a hillock at Konduru Tippa a few days ago. The site extending to two acres consists of brick-built 'stupas' and 'viharas' dating to the period between the first century BC to 5th century AD.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 13:28


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