Mahachaitya: This is the main stupa in Nagarjunakonda, containing the sacred relies of the Buddha, namely, a small tooth and an earring. Renowned as the Great Stupa, Mahachaitya is adorned by a large garland-ornament. The stupa is 32.3 m in diameter with height of 18m and a 4m wide circumambulatory path. In design, it appears as a cartwheel with its hub, spokes and felly. In 3rd century AD, the Ikshvaku princess, Chamtisiri, renovated the original stupa and installed ayaka-pillars of stone. The outer railing was made of wood and its uprights put up over a brick platform.
One of the greatest centers of Buddhist learning, Nagarjunakonda in Andhra Pradesh is located upstream of River Krishna, 65 km from Vijayawada. On your tour to Nagarjunakonda, you will witness the remnants of stupas, viharas, chaityas and mandapas along with white marble carvings and sculptures that depict scenes from the life of the Buddha. The Indian archaeologists have recovered the precious ruins from their ancient site and preserved them in a Vihara-style museum atop a hill.
Nagarjunakonda was discovered in 1926. Nagarjunakonda is named after the eminent 2nd century Buddhist scholar, Nagarjuna, who founded the University here.
Following are some of the famous tourist attractions in and around Nagarjunakonda, which you can explore while on a tour to Nagarjunakonda -
Vijayawada: While on a tour to Nagarjunakonda, visit this historic city nearby, well-known as the City of Victory, home to several popular tourist places such as the Gandhi Stupa, Hazrathbal Mosque, Mogalrajapuram Caves, Rajiv Gandhi Park, etc.
How to reach Nagarjunakonda
Come on a tour to Nagarjunakonda, using the following means of transport -
By air: The nearest airport is at Vijayawada.
By rail: The closest railway station is at Guntur (36 km).
By road: Well-connected by a vast network of roads, you can travel around Nagarjunakonda in local buses and taxis that are available from Guntur and Vijaywada.
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