Chandavaram Excavation Site


Chandavaram Excavation Site Overview

Ranked 7 of 7 sightseeing in Ongole
Chandavaram Excavation site, located at a distance of 75 km from Ongole, is a popular ancient Buddhist site. Situated in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, this excavation site is located on a hillock named Singarakonda on the banks of the River Gundla Kamma.
What makes this excavation site interesting is that it is the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh. Excavators in 1965 found a huge double terraced stupa which was built on an elevated platform. Believed to belong to anywhere between 2 BC-2 AD, this stupa shows all characteristics of the Hinayana form of Buddhism. The dome which is 120 ft in circumference and 30 ft in height has carved panels portraying the Dharmachakra, the sacred bodhi tree and other Buddhist symbols.
Apart from the main stupa, excavations also unearthed many other Buddhist viharas, stupas, Satavahana coins, Brahmi label inscriptions and other items which are now housed at a museum under the Archeology Survey of India. This site is the right place for students and scholars to learn more about Buddhism.
After visiting Chandavaram Excavation site tourists can also visit Nagarjunakonda, another ancient Buddhist site, located nearby.
ASI is planning to renovate this stupa to promote tourism here.

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