20 మార్చి 2013 బుధవారం

Gudiwada Dibba: Buddhist site on the banks of Gosthani

Gudiwada Dibba is a small hillock at Gudiwada village in Bhogapuram mandal, Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh. It located on the banks of River Gosthani. This village is geographically located towards north of Tagarapuvalasa town but politically located in Bhogapuram mandal.


A small hillock with semi terraced area  is located on the banks of the river Gosthani at Gudiwada village. It consists of two Hindu temples at present but is full of Buddhist Remains scattered all over the hilltop terraced areas along with rock cut steps to the river on the west side of the hillock. This site would have flourished as a Hinayana Buddhist site from 2nd century BC to 3rd century AD.

Stupa Mound


Stupa Outline Bricks

The Hillock is formed as 2 flat terraces:
The upper terrace towards East consists of Buddhist Stupa (Possible Apsidal Stupa) remnants and a small rock cut cistern.
The lower terrace towards West consists of Buddhist Vihara remnants
Rock cut steps are present towards River Gosthani at the west end of the hillock.

View from Stupa Mound

Rock cut Steps

This site has some resemblance to Pavurallakonda and Thotlakonda Buddhist site in the near Vicinity. It is 6 KM away from Bheemunipatnam. Many Brick remnants are found scattered on the terraced area of this hillock. It would have served as a junction point and navigational point through the waters of River Gosthani and Bheemunipatnam sea routes. The absence of Buddhist Sculpture shows the possibility of an early Buddhist settlement at this place.

Rock cut Cistern


Explorations on this hillock (Gudiwada Dibba) during October 2012 yielded an ancient Buddhist heritage site possibly of 2nd Century BC. The site was documented by the State Archaeological department of Andhra Pradesh. The Excavations are yet to start at this ancient Buddhist site.

Brick Remants

The details of this site with evidences was provided by me(N Aditya Madhav) in 2012 to the State Archaeological department. This site was explored by me and my brothers (Pranav , Naveen) in 2011 under the study project BIRHAJ (Buddhism, Its Resemblances with Hinduism And Jainism).

The Terraced site at Gudiwada Dibba

12 జనవరి 2013 శనివారం

Pavurallakonda Buddhist Ruins Photo Calender 2013


A Monthly Photo Calender of Pavurallakonda Buddhist Monastic Ruins at Bheemili in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Pavurallakonda or Pavurallabodu is the local name of a hill, popularly known as Narasimhaswamy konda, near Bheemunipatnam about 25 km towards North from Visakhapatnam city. It is located at a height of about 150 meters above mean sea level. It consists of a ruined hill top Buddhist Monastic Complex probably witnessed human habitation from 3rd Century BCE to 2nd century CE. It is one of the Largest Buddhist Monasteries of North Coastal Andhra Region. Hinayana Buddhism must have flourished at this hill-top site.


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Ruined Buddhist Relief

Rock cut Steps

Rock cut cistern {small}

Ruined stone pillar

Votive Stupa

Vihara

Rock cut steps to a Cistern {medium}

A Cistern

One among the 16 rock cut cisterns

Ruined Buddhist relief

Large rock cut cistern

Votive stupa remnants

2 జనవరి 2013 బుధవారం

Bavikonda Buddhist Ruins Photo Calender 2013

A Monthly Photo Calender of Bavikonda Buddhist Monastic Ruins at Visakhapatnam, 
Andhra Pradesh, India.


Bavikonda Buddhist Complex is about 16 km from Visakhapatnam city on a hill about 130 meter above Mean Sea Level. The term Bavikonda in Telugu language means a hill of wells. As per its name, Bavikonda is a hill which has wells for the collection of rainwater. Bavikonda Monastery dates back to the 3rd century BCE.

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View from an Apsidal Stupa at Bavikonda

Brick Remnants on a Votive Stupa

Stone path at Buddhist Viharas

Rock cut and Stone path

Maha Stupa and Stone Stupa view

Maha Stupa at Bavikonda

Rock cut steps at Viharas

Interior hall of Apsidal Stupa

Top view of a Votive Stupa

Stone Stupa at Bavikonda

Vihara Remnants at Bavikonda

A Votive Stupa at Bavikonda

1 నవంబర్ 2012 గురువారం

Kapila Theertham: Enjoy the Natural Bliss


KAPILA TEERTHAM
Location : Tirupati in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh
Presiding Deity : Lord Shiva As Kapileswara Swamy
Sacred Theertha : One Of The 108 Sacred Teerthas (Springs) flowing on Tirumala Hills.

Waterfalls at Kapila Theertham

The Holy Temple of Kapila Theertham is the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the holy temple cities of Tirupati and Tirumala that abound with temples of the Vaishnavait Deity Vishnu.

This huge temple stands at the entrance to a mountain cave in one of the steep and vertical faces at the foot of the amazing hills of Tirumala, where the waters of the mountain stream falls as a huge waterfall.

Lay out map of Kapila Theertham

One of the holiest of Hindu saints, Saint Kapila Maharshi, was said to have lived here, worshipped, and meditated in this very cave before the idol of Lord Shiva and hence the name "Kapila theertham", the word "theertham" meaning a holy lake or holy pond that formed due to the waterfalls.

Kapila Maharshi was a Vedic sage and an incarnation of Supreme Godhead Vishnu, credited as one of the founders of the Samkhya school of philosophy. He is prominent in the Bhagavata Purana, which features a theistic version of his Samkhya philosophy. Traditional Hindu sources describe him as a descendant of Manu, a grandson of Brahma. The Bhagavad Gita depicts Kapila as a yogi hermit with highly developed siddhis, or spiritual powers.


Natural Rock Cave Shelter's are present at Kapila Theertham on the either sides of the waterfalls and also beside the temple of Kapileswara Swamy. This particular place has enormous energy and positive vibration's. One with a spiritual mind can feel the bliss at Kapila Theertham.

This place may be a possible site of Jain Vestige's around 300 BCE (some relief's of Jain Tirthankara's are excavated in the foot hills and nearby viscinity of Tirupathi). Later it flourished as an important Hindu Shrine under the rule of Vijayanagara Empire.


Though this temple's significance has diminished due to the hugely popular neighboring Temples in Tirumala and Tiruchanoor, it received very good patronage from the Kings of Vijayanagara in the 13th thru 16th centuries, especially Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya, and the eternally famous Sri Krishna Deva Raya, and some of the later rulers like Venkatapathi Raya, and Aliya Ramaraya, sri Krishna Deva Raya's Son-in-law.


Kapila Theertham is an important Shrine to visit during the trip of Tirupathi

26 సెప్టెంబర్ 2012 బుధవారం

Movva : Sri Krishna Temple

Movva is a village and Mandal in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India.

This is the birthplace of the great lyricist "Kshetrayya" also known as "varadayya" who has written many songs on "lord Krishna".

 The above picture is the flooring of the temple embedded with Marbles (golis)

 Sri Movva Venugopala swamy temple

Movva is very famous for temple of Lord Krisha popularly referred as "Movva Gopaludu"

 History of the temple and town in the premises of the temple
There is an old Sivalayam opposite to the  main temple. 
National flag Designer Sri Pingali Venkaiah was born in Muvva taluk (near Batlapenumarru)

24 సెప్టెంబర్ 2012 సోమవారం

Glimpses of Godavari Districts - 2

Yeleru River

The Tallest Gopuram of the 100 years old Sri Rama Temple.
 Gollala Mamidada of East Godavari District

 A view of ruined Temple at Biccavole in East Godavari District
(Possible Ruined Shiva Temple in the middle of the fields)

My self snap at Annavaram in East Godavari District

21 సెప్టెంబర్ 2012 శుక్రవారం

Glimpses of Godavari Districts - 1

East Godavari District  is the second richest district in the whole country.
West Godavari District is known as The Granary of India.
Some of the glimpses (snaps) from these two districts:


 A view of Paddy fields near Eluru By-pass Highway, West Godavari District

 A view of  Tuni town surrounded by Eastern Ghats in East Godavari District.

 An Early Morning view of Pampa Reservoir  near Annavaram in East Godavari District

Yeleru Dam near Eleswaram of East Godavari District. 
(Some amount of drinking water from this reservoir is supplied to Visakhapatnam city)