History & Culture

Amaravathi Maha Stupa to be revitalised

VIJAYAWADA: Standing in the heart of the Amaravathi Heritage Town, the Amaravathi Maha Stupa, the largest one in the country, is finally in for the much-needed facelift.

Though the Buddhist monument is well protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), dirt, open sewage, pigs and household rubbish abound its surrounding areas reports The Hindu.

The ASI, with Central funds granted under the PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive), is charting out an elaborate plan to clean up the surroundings, integrate a few structures and lend the place a touch of sanctity.

Director of the AP Tourism and Heritage, Himanshu Shukla, and Joint Collector of Guntur distract Kritika S. inspected the site on Tuesday along with Professor Amareswar Galla, Curator of the heritage town.

The most interesting part of the plan is to integrate the idyllic site of the Maha Stupa with the adjacent colonial bungalow and the ASI Museum, constituting the proposed Amaravathi Archaeological Heritage Park, the largest such facility in Andhra Pradesh. “A conservation architect will work with Professor Galla and the implementing team to ensure that the authenticity and integrity of the place is conserved. Only then its responsible usage in tourism will be pursued,” said Mr. Shukla

The idea is to revive respect for the national and international layers of significance of the Maha Stupa and associated heritage resources.

Echoing the values advocated by N.Taher, Director of State ASI, Prof. Galla said tourism alone should not drive these interventions.

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