History & Culture

Restoration work apace at Thotlakonda, Bavikonda

After restoration, the sites are expected to regain their original shape by the end of this month

VISAKHAPATNAM:   The treasure trove of Buddhist heritage sites, dating between third century BC and third century AD, located in the three north Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam, are a mute reminder of the popularity of Buddhism in the North Andhra region more than 2,000 years ago.

The Andhra Pradesh Department of Archaeology and Museums took up restoration and reconstruction of the heritage structures of Thotlakonda and Bavikonda in a scientific manner and the sites are expected to regain their original shape by the end of this month.

A Buddhist gallery, interpretation centres, souvenir shop, and a luggage room, besides amenities like drinking water, snack bar, and rest rooms, are being provided.

Tourists used to rush back after a quick look at the few brick and stone pathways and broken structures lying on the ground in the absence of any amenities, including drinking water and shelter. They can now go round the structures in a relaxed manner and wonder at the ingenuity of our ancestors in building brick- and-stone structures at a time when there were no modern machines to move men and material to the hill top.

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