Bojjannakonda: Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh

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  • January 14, 2020
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Bojjannakonda: Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh

Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains –I – History, Art & Culture

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  • Bojjannakonda and Lingalametta are twin Buddhist monasteries dating back to the 3rd century BC. 
  • These sites have seen three forms of Buddhism — 
    • The Theravada period when Lord Buddha was considered a teacher; 
    • The Mahayana, where Buddhism was more devotional; and 
    • Vajrayana, where Buddhist tradition was more practised as Tantra and in esoteric form
  • The site is famous for many votive stupas, rock-cut caves, brick-built edifices, early historic pottery, and Satavahana coins that date back to the 1st century AD.

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