Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022

Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda






Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda are two Buddhist sites which exist on adjacent hillocks near a village called Sankaram in Visakhapatnam district. The sites are believed to date between 4th and 9th Century A.D that was when at Sanakaram (Sangharam as it was called then) the 3 phases of Buddhism (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana) flourished.


a.   Bojjannakonda

This is the eastern hill is covered with a large group of monolithic stupas surrounding the rock-cut platforms of the Maha stupa The dome of the stupa is found constructed of brick.


Groups of rock-cut and brick stupas and small chaityas surround this stupa. On this hill there are six rock-cut caves of which some have sculptured panels. In general, each panel consists of a seated Buddha and attendants. There are also Terraced Chaitya's present towards North of the Maha Stupa. These form the monastery for the Buddhist monk.






b.   Lingalakonda


The western hill is known as Lingalakonda is covered with a large number of rock-cut small stupas form the shape of a ridge.