Guntupalli Buddhist Temples is famous as an ancient place and historically. Although these Buddhist caves are popularly known as the Guntupalli Caves, they are actually adjacent to the town of Jilakarragudem.
Buddhism has been a popular way of life in Andhra Pradesh since the time of the Buddha. The ruins of many Buddhist structures unearthed in Andhra Pradesh are a testament to the unique place of Andhras in the history of Buddhism. Guntupalli Buddhist Temples also belongs to the same period. This means that these are important Buddhist shrines dating back to the 3rd century BC.
BC The Chaitya is one of the oldest datings back to the 3rd-2nd centuries. Inside the round cave, there is a stupa and a circular path. At the top of the cave are carved arches and arches. The cave bears a striking resemblance to the Sudhama and Lomasrishi caves in Bihar.
It is a group of caves dug on the edge of a sandstone hill. Residence for Buddhist monks. The caves are connected to each other by rounded windows. Water seeps into the caves and rainwater flows into the cracks through the canals.
The top of the hill has about sixty protruding stupas of various shapes, especially round. These are built on pedestals built of stone or brick. Among these are the Mokubadi(Mokkubadi) Chaitya houses. BC The entire stupa of the 2nd-century stupa is covered with stone slabs. Part of it was excavated during the 19th century BC. Earlier, it was attacked by treasure hunters and destroyed. Its dome is 2.62 m high and 4.88 m in diameter.
The ruined pavilion is a present nominal structure with four broken pillars. Formerly a meeting place for Buddhist monks. The stone pillar inscription found here dates back to BC. There is a description of the donations received from the 1st to the 5th century AD. The building is 56 feet long and 34 feet wide.
Chaitya Griha is 17.6 meters long and 4.42 meters wide in the courtyard. Its wall is 1.32 meters high. On either side of its entrances are statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva. Its ornamental supremacy resembles that of the Nasik and Carley Caves.
Brick Stupa Chaityamu is a building dating back to the 3rd-2nd century BC. It is built on a high plateau at the eastern end of the hill. The staircase leading to it is believed to have been built by a worshiper from the 2nd-2nd century BC. The Chaitya Griha is 11 m. The article contains. The stupa is surrounded by a 1.8-meter wide circular path.
An inscription in Brahmalipi, which is believed to date back to the beginning of Christ, has recently been found in this cave complex. Many historical events have come to light through the Eucharist. According to the Prakrit language, the plaque was donated by a famous Buddhist monk named Midilakudu to the Guntupalli Buddhist Temples monks living in the Guntupalli Buddhist Temples – Guntupalli caves.
Timings to visit Guntupalli Buddhist Caves
09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Entry Ticket Fee: Free
Duration to Visit: 1 – 2 Hours
How to Reach Guntupalli Buddhist Temples
By Air: Rajamundry Airport – 95.6 km, Vijayawada Airport – 85 km
By Train: Eluru Railway station – 40 km,
By Bus: Eluru – 37 km
Group of Buddhist Monuments, Approach Rd for Buddist Caves, Jeelakarragudem, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh 534467, India.
AP Official Website Of Guntupalli Buddhist Temples
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