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Buddhist sites UPSC NOTE


  • The terrible bloodshed in the Kalinga War made Ashoka turn to Buddhism. 

  • His decision has laid a strong foundation for Buddhism in and around Srikakulam

  • Buddhism flourished during the rule of Gupta dynasty king Samudragupta, who subjugated Kalinga in 350 A.D, according to historical documents. 

  • Excavations conducted at Salihundam, a Buddhist site, on the banks of Vamsadhara river revealed important Buddhist remains, basements and foundations of apsidal brick chaitya and stupas were excavated.

  • Although the Buddhist structures got damaged in Dantapuri near Amadalavalasa, Salihundam structure near Gara of Srikakulam Assembly constituency remained largely in good shape

  • Writer Gidugu Rama Murthy found this site in 1919 and it has four stupas, relic caskets, sculptures of Buddhist deities Mareechi and Tara

  • All the remnants were believed to be built between 2nd century BC and 12th century AD

  • It is believed that Buddhism spread to Sumatra and other far-eastern countries from here

  • Buddhist sites at Salihundam and Dantapuri are located near other two important Jainism sites : Tangamayyakonda and Rottavalasa villages

  • There’s also 190-feet long and 80 feet deep neolithic era caves discovered at Nandi hills, Vennalavalasa village of Sarubujjili mandal of united Srikakulam district

 Vijayabhaskar recently published a book titled ‘Veerakalingam’



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: Buddhist sites UPSC NOTE
Buddhist sites UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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