Introduction : “Amaravati" means "Deathless Realm" in the Buddhist scriptural language, Pali, a verbal reminder of the highest spiritual aspiration. Amaravati is considered as one of the most sacred pilgrim center for the Buddhists in the country. It comes on the fourth place in one of the major places of Buddhist worship in the country.
Amaravati lies on the right bank of River Krishna, 65 km from Vijayawada. It is famous for the ruins of a 2000-year-old Buddhist settlement and the great Buddhist stupa, which is the largest Buddha’s stupa in India. It has 32 meters height and 32 meters diameter, larger than one at Sanchi, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. The local refer to it as the Mahastupa and is also known as Deepaladinne or the Mound of Lamps. An envoy of Emperor Ashoka, who spread Buddhism in this region, laid the foundation of the Great Stupa at Amravati. The stupa is made of brick with a circular vedika and platforms protruding in four cardinal directions are 95 ft high. The excavations by Col. Colin Mackenzie in 1797 recovered the magnificent railings, sculptured friezes. Almost all these excavated items are placed at the museum of Chennai.
This is the same excellent place where Lord Buddha taught the Kalachakra for the first time. This year (2006) in the month of January the Kalachkra Buddhists ritual ceremony was organized in Amaravati. The event was organized by different Tibetan and Indian Buddhist Organizations. His Holiness the Dalai Lama led the Kalachakra ceremony in the year 2006.
The small villages of the district look like a replica of Tibet. With hundreds of Budddhist monks in red robes on every street and corner of historic Amaravati and Dharanikota, the places are not just wearing a festive look but are charged with spiritualism. In fact, it is the Tibetan language ringing more than Telugu here.
On an average, the daily inflow is about 8,000 people and it is likely to increase in the coming days.
- Air : Nagpur is the nearest airport, which is 155-km away from Amaravati.
- Rail : Nagpur is the terminus of the branch line of Central Railway on Mumbai-Kolkata main line. Tourists can access Amaravati from Nagpur. There are numerous trains every three hours between Hyderabad / Vijayawda & Guntur & Vice versa.
- Road : Regular buses connect Amaravati with the important towns and cities within the stateAmaravati lies on the right bank of River Krishna, 65 km from Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for the ruins of a 2000-year-old Buddhist settlement and the great Buddhist stupa. Amravati is considered as one of the most sacred pilgrim center for the Buddhists.