About Amaravati

Amaravati - Capital city of Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati, the proposed capital city of Andhra Pradesh is found on the banks of the river Krishna in Guntur district. It has derived its name from Amaravathi, which has been named after the Amaravati Stupa, that was unearthed while the town was being built. Famous for its Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the most preferred tourist destination in India, being one in every of the famous Pancharamas.

The foundation stone of Amaravati was laid by Narendra Modi on 22nd October 2015 at Uddandarayunipalem. Amaravati, earlier called Dhanyakatakam was the capital of the Satavahana Dynasty, one in all the earliest Indian empires and also the ancestral dynasty, with its history dating back to the 2nd Century BCE. The dominance of Buddhist art, inscriptions and stupas imply the prevalence of Buddhism here. This city alongside Nagarjuna Konda is considered one of the richest holy sites of Buddhism in India.

Popular Places In Amaravati

Amaravati has been envisioned to be the people-centric pioneer Smart City of India, fostering a sustainable and happy atmosphere for all its inhabitants. A well-thought plan has been carved out for the town supported by the layout of Singapore, designed to possess 51% green space and 10% of water bodies. November to February signifies the winter season and is the most suitable time for the tourists to pay a visit to all of its heritage sites while basking within the glory of the winter Sun.Amaravati tourism gets a lift during the winter months, with soothing weather and temperatures hovering between 31-33 degree.

1. Amaralingeswara Temple

Amareswara Temple located in Amaravathi is devoted to Lord Shiva, the 'Destroyer of the Universe'. The holy place embraces a 15 ft high marble Shiv Ling. It is believed that Lord Shiva is present in the structure of five lingams - Pranaveswara, Agasteswara, Kosaleswara, Someswara and Parthiveswara.

2. Amaravati Museum

Maintained by ASI, the Amaravati Museum is an amazing repository of relics that have been gathered from the ruins of this 2000 year old Buddhist settlement as well as from nearby places. These artefacts belong to the period 3rd century BC to 12th century AD exhibit in three different galleries. The ancient and complex art work done by the craftsmen of that period are displayed in the first gallery. The Purnakumbha designs and the Lotus designs here express the intricate art of those days. The two drums of slab depicting the Stupas, Swastika mark on the cushioned seat of the throne under the Bodhi tree, the Agni Skanda (Flaming pillar), the dome and the standing Buddha belonging to 8th century are the precious collections of this museum.

The second gallery has a tall and elegant bronze statue of Lord Buddha, the master piece of Amaravati Museum. This elegant Buddha statue probably belongs to the 8th century AD and was excavated from the south eastern part of the Deccan. The sculptural dexterity revealed in the statue is commendable. This gallery also has some inscribed pillars, a stone wheel from Lingarajapalli along with many portraits and paintings that will give you an insight into the life of Buddha. While, the third gallery depicts the strength and energy of the Satavahana period here you will come across the sculptures dating back to 100 BC such as Yakshi, Dharma Chakra and Bodhisattvas.

3. Dhyana Buddha Statue

Dhyana Buddha Statue is a gigantic statue of Lord Buddha in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. Known to be among the tallest Buddha statues in India, With a towering height of 125 feet, Dhyana Buddha Statue was commissioned in 2003 and was completed in 2015. The status sits facing the pristine River Krishna and sprawls over a humongous green space covering 4.5 acres of land.

4. Amaravati Stupa or Mahachaitya

The great Buddhist Stupa or Mahachaitya of Amaravati is one of the greatest architectural achievements of ancient India. It was founded in the 3rd-2nd centuries BC during Ashoka Maurya' reign and enlarged in the 1st-4th centuries AD under the Satavahana and Ikshvaku patronage. It was a center of religious activities till the 14th century AD. Eventually, it fell into disuse and was rendered invisible by being covered in dust and debris over the course of time.

Also known as Deepaladinne, the great stupa at Amaravati was one of the biggest in Andhra Pradesh with a probable diameter of 50 m and a height of 27 m. It has a brick built circular vedika or drum with projecting rectangular Ayaka platforms in four cardinal directions. Five Ayaka pillars must have stood on each platform symbolically representing the five main events in Buddha's life viz., the birth, the great renunciation, the enlightenment, the first sermon and the final extinction. The drum and Ayaka platforms were covered with sculptured slabs. All the four-Ayaka platforms have yielded seven crystal and one Ivory relic caskets, some of which contain bone-pieces, pearls, precious stones and gold flowers. This is a Sariraka type of stupa and hence it has a great importance.

5. The Krishna River

The fourth-biggest river in India and a significant source of irrigation in Telangana. Tourism being a significant industry here, Amaravati Tourism has plans to construct a floating hotel, boating and a replacement barrage on the River Krishna.

6. Managalagiri Temple

Temples like PanakalaSwami and Lakshmi Naramisha are located at the foot of the Auspicious Hill. The town has three Narasimha Swami temples, located at a distance of 38 km from Amaravati, which has attracted lots of tourists time and again.

7. Undavalli Caves

Solid sandstone rock-cut caves, located in Undavalli, 22 km northeast of Guntur City on a hillside, includes a huge recreated statue of Vishnu in a highly reclining posture.

8. Bhattiprolu

A Buddhist town renowned for its big Buddha stupa, showcases the earliest evidence of Brahmi script that was prevalent in South India.

9. Kondaveedu Fort

A hill fortress and proposed world heritage site located within the heart of Kondaveedu village. This fort is getting renovated by the Andhra Pradesh Department of Archaeology and Museum to emerge as a hot favourite amongst its tourists.