Published on : Monday, February 27, 2017
The grand Buddhist Maha Stupa, which is believed to have been built before 350 B.C. and older than the one at Amaravati is set to attract the attention of world tourism. Although having such a wonderful historical and cultural significance, the stupa, 257 kms southeast of Hyderabad, never got its due recognition due to negligence of governments. The height of the Stupa is 54 feet with a radius of 106 feet.
The first excavation carried out in 1976 and the experimental survey executed by the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, brought out surprising revelations. What was known as mythological seat of King Virata until now, turned out to be 52-layer Buddhiest Maha Stupa built with well burnt bricks, similar to those at Nagarjunakonda and Amaravathi. The excavation said that the stupa was constructed during the times of Ikshvaku dynasty. Three oil cauldrons made of black stone found within a kilometer from the stupa suggest the presence of human civilization from pre-historic days. The stupa till date remained as a neglected and hidden treasure. But as part of the two-day Global Celebration on Buddhist Heritage in Telangana-2017 event organized by Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation in Hyderabad, delegates, including 40 monks who visited the Maha Stupa on Sunday were dumbstruck seeing the gigantic stupa. They couldn’t imagine that this huge stupa remained unnoticed for so long. It now stands to gain popularity in other countries and with this, foreign tourist footfall is most likely to go up, helping tourism in the region.