Bavikonda

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Bavikonda
Protected Buddhist monument complex
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Apsidal Stupa at Bavikonda
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Bavikonda
Location in Visakhapatnam, India
Coordinates: 17°49′2″N83°23′27″E / 17.81722°N 83.39083°E / 17.81722; 83.39083 Coordinates: 17°49′2″N83°23′27″E / 17.81722°N 83.39083°E / 17.81722; 83.39083
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Visakhapatnam
Languages
  Official Telugu
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration AP
Nearest city Visakhapatnam
Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh.jpg
Holy relic sites map of Andhra Pradesh

Bavikonda Buddhist Complex lies about 16 km from Visakhapatnam, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, on a hill about 130 metres above mean sea level. The term Bavikonda in Telugu means a hill of wells. As per its name, Bavikonda is a hill which has wells for the collection of rainwater. Bavikonda [1] Monastic ruins dates back to the 3rd century BCE.

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A large Buddhist complex was excavated at this site. The excavated remnants are as follows:

were recovered here by the State archaeological Department. [4]

The Buddhist sites of Thotlakonda and Pavurallakonda are situated close by.

The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has already appealed to the authorities to ensure better protection of Buddhist sites by taking up the declaration of Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Pavurallakonda and Bojjannakonda as heritage sites by UNESCO. This will not only pave the way for steady flow of funds but also generate employment opportunities for the locals.[ citation needed ]

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References

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  2. "Journal of the Andhra Historical Research Society Volume 39". Andhra Historical Research Society. 1995.
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